According to the numbers coming in from Florida and North Carolina, a majority of early voters in that state are Democrats, representing a ten-point increase from this point 4 years ago. And considering that early voting totals are more than FIVE THOUSAND PERCENT higher than they were in 2016, that’s an incredible advantage for the Democrats. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what this means.


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As of right now in the battleground States of both Florida and North Carolina Democrats are holding a very strong edge over Republicans in total number of early voters. Meaning most of the people over 50% in both States, over 50% of all the people who’ve gone to vote early Democrats, which is a 10 point increase from where we were this 0.4 years ago. And let’s not forget. We have had close to 5 million people in this country already cast an early ballot compared to a little under a hundred thousand at this 0.4 years ago. So yes, there are more Republicans voting early than last time. Sure. But there’s far more Democrats voting early than there were last time. Now, ordinarily, this would be cause to celebrate. And that in and of itself is a good thing. The bad thing is that this is obviously something people know about now.

You know, trust me, I’m not the first one to report on this. This news is out there. People understand this and therefore we can expect more of a turnout, not just on election day, but as we get closer to election day, more people early voting. And that’s a good thing though. Like even if it’s Republicans going out to vote, we want everybody to vote. We want everybody to have a voice as it stands right now, our government doesn’t actually reflect what the public is and honestly what the public wants. And it’s because not enough of us actually get out there and vote. And the more people start to vote, the more likely it is that third, fourth, fifth, sixth parties can pop up and have some power as well. But when you only have half the country voting, that allows the two party duopoly system to just stay in place because nobody’s there to challenge it.

But more people get involved representing more diverse viewpoints. That’s a good thing. But for right now, let’s focus on 2020, North Carolina and Florida are both States that are up for grabs, uh, for Donald Trump, considering how poorly he is doing in other swing States. And the fact that he hasn’t run ads in many of them for, uh, over a month. At this point, Florida’s a must get a virtually no path back to the white house for Donald Trump. If he does not win Florida to make matters worse for him, the latest polls out are showing him in Biden’s statistically tied in the state of Texas. So he has to have Florida. He cannot afford to lose it. He also can’t afford to lose Texas. He loses Texas it’s over for him. There is nothing he can do. He is done.

But yeah, Democrats are angry. Democrats are active. Democrats are going out there. They’re braving the lines they’re wearing their mass. They’re socially distancing. Yes. Which is great. You have to do that, But they’re also saying, I’m not going to let this guy beat us. I’m not going to let this pandemic beat us. I’m not going to let the voter suppression beat us. We’re going to go out. We’re going to vote. And we’re going to send them a powerful message on November 3rd, when these votes are finally counted, we are going to send them a message that is so unmistakably clear. They will know that we reject them. There will be no way for Trump’s pact Supreme court to overturn it. That is the message. The Democrats are sending it or sending, and they’re sending it much louder than the Republicans are sending theirs. And as long as we keep up that pace, November 3rd, It’s going to be a pretty awesome day.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced