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Explaining Election 2020

The 2020 presidential election will surely be a vote unlike the U.S. has ever seen before because of the coronavirus pandemic, a reckoning over racial injustice and massive unemployment. Amid this historic vote, the legitimacy of the election is being called into question.

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Explaining Election 2020

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    EXPLAINER: The unprecedented early voting, and what it means

    EXPLAINER: The unprecedented early voting, and what it means

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An unprecedented 103.2 million people cast their ballots early in this year’s presidential election. The early birds represent 74.3 percent of the total turnout in the 2016 election. A tally by The Associated Press shows the early vote in several states, including hotly-contested …

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    Election 2020 Facts: Counting votes election night
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    Election 2020 Facts: Counting votes election night

    How will the 2020 election affect control of Congress?

    How will the 2020 election affect control of Congress?

    Q: HOW WILL THE ELECTION AFFECT CONTROL OF CONGRESS? The makeup of Congress will be determined by the general election, with both parties needing a majority to control the House or Senate. Democrats seem to have a good chance at winning a Senate majority, while their control of the House is not in …

    Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

    Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

    CAN YOU TRUST THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO DELIVER YOUR BALLOT ON TIME? If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it’s best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Postal officials have repeatedly said the agency has …

    Vision 2020: How soon will we know the US election outcome?

    Vision 2020: How soon will we know the US election outcome?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How soon will we know the results of the U.S. election? A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of the 2020 presidential race on election night, Nov. 3. But that doesn’t mean the results will be flawed or fraudulent. President Donald …

    Can a voter fix a problem on a mail-in ballot?

    Can a voter fix a problem on a mail-in ballot?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If a ballot is tossed because of some issue — maybe a missing signature or it got damaged — will the voter be notified that the ballot’s been invalidated? And can the voter cast a new ballot? This is a tough one — because the rules vary from state to state. The National Conference …

    How does early voting work in the US election?

    How does early voting work in the US election?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — WHAT STATES VOTE EARLY, AND WHEN ARE THOSE VOTES COUNTED? All states allow some form of early voting, be it by casting votes in person at polling places, voting by mail, or both. But each state has its own rules and timelines on when this occurs. Some started in September. Some …

    Are absentee votes and mail-in votes different?

    Are absentee votes and mail-in votes different?

    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ABSENTEE VOTING AND MAIL VOTING? There really isn’t any difference. Both refer to the practice of filling out ballots that are sent to voters through the mail and returned either that way or at drop boxes or other designated places. President Donald Trump has tried to …

    Are the nation's voting systems secure?

    Are the nation's voting systems secure?

    WHAT STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO PROTECT THE NATION’S ELECTION SYSTEMS FROM POTENTIAL INTERFERENCE BY FOREIGN POWERS LIKE RUSSIA? HAVE VOTING SYSTEMS BEEN “HARDENED” IN ANY WAY? Federal, state and local officials prioritized securing voting systems after Russia interfered in the 2016 election, breaking …

    Does the federal government have a role in the vote?

    Does the federal government have a role in the vote?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN ELECTIONS? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain …

    Vision 2020: What happens if the US election is contested?

    Vision 2020: What happens if the US election is contested?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it possible the election will be up in the air and we won’t have a president on Inauguration Day: Jan. 20, 2021? Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. The Constitution and federal law ensure it. Here’s what …

    Electoral College vs. popular vote in the United States

    Electoral College vs. popular vote in the United States

    WASHINGTON (AP) — WHY IS IT THAT ONE CANDIDATE CAN WIN THE POPULAR VOTE BUT ANOTHER WINS THE ELECTORAL VOTE AND THUS THE PRESIDENCY? That’s how the framers of the Constitution set it up. This unique system of electing presidents is a big reason why Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Four …

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