Biden casts early vote in US presidential race

Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden cast his ballot in the US presidential race Wednesday in Delaware, six days before the end of a turbulent campaign pitting him against incumbent Donald Trump, reports AFP.

The former vice president entered the Delaware State Building in Wilmington where he joined the record number of Americans who have voted early or by mail — 74 million as of Wednesday — as people seek to avoid crowded polling stations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shortly before voting Biden said he hopes he and other Democrats on the ballot would get elected so that they can “change things” and “make it better” for everyday Americans.

According to other news agencies, Before he cast his vote, Mr Biden spent the day taking briefings from public health officials on the COVID-19 pandemic and was scheduled to deliver a speech in Delaware, a state he is expected to easily win.

Mr Biden also took aim at Mr Trump and what he called the Trump administration's disregard for safety and failure to develop a plan to contain COVID-19.

"The longer he's in charge the more reckless he gets," Mr Biden said before voting.

He also criticised his rival over reports that hundreds of Trump supporters were stuck in the cold for up to three hours after a rally in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night, waiting for campaign shuttle buses to take them back to their cars.

"It's an image that captured President Trump's whole approach to this crisis … He gets his photo-op and then he gets out," Mr Biden said.

The Trump campaign said the problems were due to the unexpectedly large crowds.