Without hand shakes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the third and final presidential debate Wednesday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

More than 2.3 million voters cast ballots before the final presidential debate

 (Mark A. Large / The Daily Times via AP)
(Mark A. Large / The Daily Times via AP)

Nevada is not only playing host to the final presidential debate Wednesday; the day marks the first when voters in the Silver State can cast ballots by mail.

Though election day is still 20 days away, voters have mailed in ballots in nearly half of the 50 states — more than 2.3 million in total, according to data from the Associated Press and the United States Elections Project.

That includes more than three-quarters of a million votes in Florida, where state Democrats are touting the fact that they have nearly erased a traditional GOP advantage in votes by mail. About 10,000 more Republicans than Democrats have voted by mail, according to the Florida secretary of state, a shrinking lead compared with past elections.

Nearly 240,000 votes have been cast in Georgia, 216,000 in Iowa, 169,000 in Michigan and 129,000 in Virginia. 

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, said again this week that the volume of early voting indicated the country was on track for a record turnout — which he believes would point to a Clinton win.

"Voter registration data and early vote data has shown us often exceeding trends on the 2012 campaign," he said. 

Voting by mail also began this week in Colorado. Starting on Thursday, North Carolina voters can vote in person at county boards of elections sites. 

Though more than 2 million Americans have already voted, that represents just 5% of the total number of early votes cast in the 2012 election, according to U.S. Elections Project director Michael McDonald.

Those early voters aren't necessarily tuning out the debate, he noted:

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