Election Day: How many people voted in 2016?

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DONALD Trump scored a stunning victory over Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

Clinton was favored to win the election and become the 45th President, according to pollsters and other experts.

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Hillary Clinton squares off against Donald Trump in 2016

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Hillary Clinton squares off against Donald Trump in 2016Credit: Reuters

What happened during the 2016 presidential election?

Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016 - even though he did not win the popular vote.

Trump did receive 304 electoral votes, compared to 227 for Clinton.

A total of 270 electoral votes is required to win the election.

The last time a popular vote winner was defeated was in 2000 when George W Bush toppled Al Gore.

People cast their ballots during voting in the 2016 presidential election in Las Vegas

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People cast their ballots during voting in the 2016 presidential election in Las VegasCredit: Reuters

How many people voted during the 2016 presidential election?

Nearly 139 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, according to Business Insider.

There were about 230 million eligible voters at the time.

Voter turnout in 2016 was about 60 percent, the second-highest rate in the last half-century, according to USA Today.

More people voted in the Senate races than voted for president four years ago, according to Business Insider.

About 132 million people voted during the 2008 election featuring Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

People vote in the 2016 US presidential election at a polling station in Alexandria, Virginia

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People vote in the 2016 US presidential election at a polling station in Alexandria, VirginiaCredit: EPA

A whopping 83 percent of eligible voters turned out for the 1876 election, Business Insider reports.

Republican Rutherford B Hayes thwarted Democrat Samuel J Tilden in the centennial election by the narrowest of margins.

A man dressed as Uncle Sam votes at Public School 59 in New York City in 2016

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A man dressed as Uncle Sam votes at Public School 59 in New York City in 2016Credit: EPA

What is the expected voter turnout for 2020?

More than 60 million people have already voted, according to the US Elections Project.

More than 40 million people have voted by mail, and 20 million have voted in person.

The early numbers could lead to the highest voter turnout in more than a century, according to The Guardian.

New Yorkers flocked to polling sites on the first day of early voting on October 24.

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When is Election Day?

Joe Biden squares off against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, November 3.

Anyone who is a citizen of the US and is over 18 can vote if he or she is registered.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many voters are encouraged to fill out a ballot at home and mail it prior to the election. 

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