Just over 138 million voted in the entire 2016 election. That seems to mean that if 47 million(ish) voted early, then 91 million voted on election day.
If we are already at 100 million+, imagine if we have the same, same day turnout. That would put us close to 200 million voting. Which is phenomenal, considering the US population is estimated at 328.2 million AND 22.3% are estimated to be under 18 years old.
If we turnout, let's say 175 million votes, that would be a voter turnout of 68.9% of all eligible voters. And 200 mil would mean 78.8% turnout of all eligible voters. You would have to go back to literally the year 1900 before we had turnout %s like that.
Compare that to 2016's 60.1% and I would say that's an incredible increase for democracy and political participation.
My entire life we have never eclipsed 2016's turnout. Before then, between let's say 1980 and 2012, we were in the 49-57% turnout range.
I hope we shatter records across the board. But I am aware early voting is seriously on the rise because of covid and social distancing measures. So we could see not as impressive same day turnout. That's possible too. Time will tell.
Getting my numbers from these sources btw: