And that was just about it — since everybody (or virtually everybody) match into a kind of two classes. Which is a foul thing in the case of our rising polarization and our rising lack of ability to speak with individuals with whom we disagree on politics.

However which, it seems, is a really, very good thing in the case of voter turnout.

The 2020 election, in keeping with early estimates, could have turnout of at the least 61% of eligible voters — the very best since 1960, when 63.8% of eligible voters turned out to decide on John F. Kennedy over Richard Nixon.  

And by way of the uncooked variety of votes solid, the 2020 election is already the most important ever. Even because the depend continues nationwide, 148 million votes have been solid for Trump and the person who beat him, President-elect Joe Biden.

By the use of comparability, roughly 129 million votes have been solid within the 2016 race for Trump and Hillary Clinton.

And placing the 2 facet by facet, you possibly can see that the variety of individuals voting Democratic elevated from 65.9 million in 2016 to 76.three million in 2020 whereas these voting Republican rose from 63 million 4 years in the past to 71.6 million final Tuesday.

Which means Democrats have already gained 10.four million votes (and counting) from 2016 to 2020, whereas Republicans have netted 8.6 million.

That delta explains why Biden is about to win the favored vote by a considerably bigger quantity than Clinton did, even whereas shedding the Electoral Faculty, in 2016. (Be aware: Democrats have now gained the favored vote in seven of the final eight presidential elections, a feat not achieved by one occasion since 1828.)

The Level: It has been six a long time since we have seen voter turnout greater than that of the 2020 election. And you may thank Donald Trump — and all his divisiveness — for ensuring voters on this nation knew the stakes of voting (or not).