2 college students went to extreme lengths in order to vote...
It's been one hell of a journey.
via: GettyThis year's elections have arguably been the most talked-about and most divisive in decades.
The stakes have never been higher...
via: GettyAnd, as a result, millions of Americans have been getting out early to make their vote count.
Never-before has early voting been so popular...
via: GettyAnd many believe it's all thanks to one crucial factor.
Now, President Trump has been fighting hard to gain victory and be reelected as President of the United States...
via: GettyGoing head to head with his rival, Joe Biden.
Of course, the election couldn't have fallen on a worse year.
via: GettyBut it has been powering on ahead... despite many major setbacks.
The first presidential debate was held back in September...
via: GettyAnd, entering into the debate, Biden had a significant and persistent lead in the polls.
The ninety-minute debate was held by Fox News' Chris Wallace.
via: GettyThough many viewers took to social media to point out how Trump and Biden seemed to just be insulting one another and constantly interrupting each other.
Things took an ultimate turn for the worst when at the start of October, the president and the first lady, Melania, tested positive for COVID-19.Trump insisted that they immediately went into self-isolation together and that they felt fine, but after just a few days, he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Center.
However, despite the huge worry surrounding Trump's health...
via: GettyHe was discharged just a few days later and insisted to the nation that all we need to do is to "learn to live with COVID."
In the days following the diagnosis', Trump continued to insist on how he was "feeling better than ever."
via: GettyAnd, ever since, he has continued to throw his rallies.
But there's one thing that Trump might be somewhat bothered about...
via: GettyAnd that's the record number of early voters this election cycle has seen.
Now, a tally from the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida has revealed that over ninety million Americans have cast their ballots early...
via: GettyOnly forty-seven million votes came before election day in 2016, Reuters reported.
This poses an issue for Trump...
via: GettyThe Democrats hold a significant advantage in early voting due to their support of mail balloting this year.
Though Republicans have historically opted for mail balloting...
via: GettyMany have avoided early voting entirely this year after Trump said the system is prone to widespread fraud.
So, more Democratic supporters have cast their vote early.
via: GettyExperts have predicted the turnout will easily surpass the 138 million who voted in the 2016 presidential election.
Due to the pandemic, however...
via: Getty ImagesThere have been several reports of people not receiving their absentee ballots on time.
This is a particular issue for students, many of whom are out of state or currently quarantining.
via: Getty ImagesAmerican University students, Meredith Reilly and Zachary Houdek requested their ballot earlier this fall, but over the weekend, they realized they'd still not received them.
So, the pair set out on a twenty-seven-hour road trip from Washington DC, to Texas to cast their vote.
20 hour drive to vote? No problem @zjhoudek https://t.co/XlFwbQH6kK— Meredith Reilly (@Meredith Reilly)1603940542.0
via: Twitter"Ever since I was little, I knew I would be able to vote in the 2020 presidential election. I did that math, so I was really excited to vote in a presidential election. It was really exciting. "If a lot of individuals decide that their vote matters, then it comes together to make a bigger movement that could change people's lives drastically," she added.
Nancy Thomas and Adam Gismondi of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts explained why many college students may not have received their absentee ballots.
via: TwitterAnd it reportedly lies in the fact that they aren't on campus right now. "Chaos and confusion in voting affects all voters, but especially college student voters," Thomas told CNN. "The story is not yet written. There are hurdles for student voters in this election," Gismondi added. "Right now motivation seems to be there for students to engage in the election, but logistical hurdles still exist." Tonight is the night. Make sure to stay posted for updates on the election.