States are getting creative to prepare for the pandemic election

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In a year of worry over things that might go wrong in November, many state lawmakers and election officials have worked hard and smart to make sure things go right, a trio of experts said. For all the things that seem to be threatening the integrity of the November 3rd election, states have also done a lot of very constructive things to ensure that things go off fairly and safely, election experts say. Read Full Story

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You’re going to have to go to bed at some point on Election Night: Here’s how

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We’ve got three ideas to help you calm yourself down . . . when you’re ready. Election newsflash: Whether or not you personally discover the outcome of the election in the wee hours of November 4 will have no impact on the future of America. But it will definitely have an impact on the rest of your week. You need to sleep at some point. Here are some things to try: Read Full Story

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‘An electoral steroid for white candidates’: the troubling history of Georgia’s runoff elections

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In most of the 10 states that have runoff elections, the system was implemented to dilute the Black vote. All eyes are on Georgia January 4, as two runoff elections in the the state will decide the control of the U.S. Senate. Joe Biden’s win there in November has given Democrats hope for two more victories in a state that’s been in a tight Republican grip for decades. A grip that’s in no small part due to the fact that the state conducts these kind of runoff elections. Read Full Story

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Here’s how to make sure your mail-in ballot actually counts

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It’s important to know your state’s rules, but a few general tips can prevent ballot rejections in any state. Millions of Americans, far more than ever before, will cast their ballots by mail in the November election. For many it’ll be a first. Given that, and the huge stakes of this election, there’s plenty of worry to go around over whether all those mail-in ballots will find their way to being counted. Read Full Story

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Election experts explain why President Trump’s ‘vote twice’ statements are so dangerous

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The president repeatedly advised North Carolina voters to vote both absentee and in person. It’s easily detected, and a felony in most states. Over the Labor Day weekend President Trump again urged his supporters to attempt to vote twice in the November election. He said the following about mail-in ballots during a “tele-rally” for North Carolina voters on Saturday: Read Full Story

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When does the Electoral College vote? Key dates and deadlines to know as final states certify

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President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the next U.S. president in less than eight weeks. Here are a few final election-related dates to watch. With less than eight weeks to go before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the next president of the United States, legal challenges to the election results have clearly not gone well for incumbent President Donald Trump and his team. Read Full Story

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How activists have geared up to stop Trump from disrupting the ballot count

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From street protests to lobbying social media, activists prepared a wide variety of tactics to counteract the president’s ability to throw doubt on the election or interfere with tabulating the results. In the first presidential debate, President Trump was asked if he would pledge not to declare victory until the election was independently certified. He notably didn’t say yes and instead made baseless claims about voter fraud. On November 4, unsurprisingly, Trump prematurely claimed that he had won. On November 5, he called for states to stop counting votes, even though he was behind Biden in enough states to give Biden an Electoral College victory. Read Full Story

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Stimulus update: How soon after the election could extra unemployment or second checks pass?

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With COVID-19 cases rising, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to push a comprehensive stimulus package in the lame duck session. Election Day is a mere four days away, and the good people in Washington have failed to pass a stimulus bill for coronavirus relief. In fact, they can’t even agree on what a stimulus package might include. With no hope for a pre-election deal, here’s the latest update on how things might play out after November 3. Read Full Story

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When do states certify their election results? Here’s the full list as the Electoral College vote approaches

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Election disputes must be resolved by December 8, and the meeting of electors takes place on December 14. As President Trump continues to falsely claim that the 2020 election was “rigged,” time is running out for his legal team to produce any evidence of widespread fraud, which experts have concluded again and again and again does not exist. Read Full Story

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‘Track your ballot like a package’: How technology will smooth the way for November’s mail-in ballot surge

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As many states are rushing to implement new systems to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, they’re turning to systems to help ensure people’s access to the ballot doesn’t get lost in the mail. As part of a string of voting laws signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in mid-April, the state became the 34th in the country whose residents may vote by mail without having to prove that they couldn’t vote in person. Of the remaining 16 states that don’t grant that right, governors and election officials in 11 allowed exceptions during the primaries on account of the pandemic—and if the coronavirus is still lingering in November, might be expected to continue those exceptions. Read Full Story

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