Welcome to the 2020 Election Coverage page! Here, you can find all of the latest election news, simplified so that you understand it, without any floof. This page will update at the beginning of every hour until 9:00 PM, so 10:00, 11:00, etc. Refresh the page if you don’t see it yet.
9:00 AM: Ballots are beginning to be counted. In many “battleground” states, which are states that don’t historically lean towards one party predictably, ballots are only starting to be counted today. Watch this video to see how ballots are counted and the election is carried: https://youtu.be/WiCaNBRAxQM
10:00 AM: Both candidates seem to be very confident that they will win the race. This morning, President Trump claimed that he and his campaign have a “very solid chance of winning.” This morning, former Vice President Biden took a trip to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania to revisit his city and childhood home. Upon arriving, he signed the wall. “From this house to the white house,” he wrote, “with the grace of God. Joe Biden 11.3.2020.”
Democrats are also very confident that they will acquire House seats. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said: “We have built the foundation to be successful. I believe we will hold onto the majority. I believe we will grow the majority.”
All across the country, people have been sharing their reasons for voting, and for voting one way. A Wisconsin man interviewed by ABC News this morning said that though he has his issues with President Trump, he voted for him because he believes he is the “best person to re-stabilize the economy.” On the opposite side, Lewis McCaleb, a 22-year old from Minnesota said the death of George Floyd and other black people killed by police prompted him to vote for Joe Biden, who has said he has plans to reduce police brutality. He wore a hoodie saying “We Will Breathe” and used the blank space on the back of his ballot to write the names of black men and women who were killed by police.
There are several states that could individually change the results of this election. One that keeps coming up is Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania haas 20 electoral votes and could single-handedly change the outcome of the 2020 election. No word is on yet on the majority stance of Pennsylvania’s voters.
11:00 AM: Trump has indicated multiple times that he is not particularly passionate today about winning this race. From many interviews, he has said things implying that he’s almost burnt out being the president. In an interview today, he was asked: “What is the hardest country to deal with? China? Iran? Russia?” “The US,” he replied. “The US, by far.” Also today, he was asked if he has an acceptance speech prepared. To that, he replied: “No, I’m not thinking about concession speech or acceptance speech yet.”
Inevitably, all across the country, there have been ballot counting errors or potential errors. In North Carolina, 50 voters received the wrong ballots. These people are being tracked down and handed the correct ballot.
Though there may be errors, voter turnout is at a high point this year. Connecticut reported that so far nearly 75% of the population has voted. This is the highest percentage of people that have ever voted in Connecticut. Secretary of State Denise Merrill says that the voter turnout this year is a “couple hundred thousand more than we usually have.” Many states are expecting similar voter turnouts, likely due to the extra media coverage and awareness around voting that has happened this year.
12:00 AM: New Hampshire is reporting a delayed results time after the board of electors ruled to extend the time allowed for voting at one location that was having numerous technical difficulties. Their results will be delayed by 45 minutes, and may be the first of many states to have late results. Experts are speculating that the final winner of the presidential race may not be announced for many days, or even weeks due to the increase of online/mail in voting and the technical issues that may go hand in hand with it.
Vice President Mike Pence has been appearing on radio shows in many swing, or “battleground” states such as Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Florida. He is doing 21 radio interviews in total.
Kamala Harris has been expressing her hopefulness in America. She says: “Have faith in the American people. I do strongly believe that we – whoever we vote for – will defend the integrity of our democracy and the peaceful transfer of power. And that there are certain lines that no matter who you vote for, they won’t cross.” Joe Biden is also expressing confidence. Today he said on an Election Day briefing call that “it is clear we are winning.”
The mayor of Flint, Michigan, tweeted today that she has been “getting reports of multiple robocalls going to Flint residents that, due to long lines, they should vote tomorrow. Obviously this is FALSE and an effort to suppress the vote. No long lines and today is the last day to vote. Don’t believe the lies! Have your voice heard! RT PLS.” A robocall is a pre-recorded, automated spam phone call that could hook you in a scam and/or deliver false information. Dana Nessel, the mayor, has expressed that she is determined to stop the spread of these calls.
1:00 PM: Texas hasn’t been “blue” (the majority elects the democratic candidate) since 1976, but this year may change that. People are out voting in Houston who have said they are not voting to re-elect Donald Trump. John Smith, a man from Texas, says: “Enough is enough. I’ve got grandkids and I’m worried about their future and we can’t have no more of that.” The prospect of Texas coming up blue in 2020 is a very realistic possibility.
Minnesota, Georgia and more are reporting smooth and so far successful election days. Some people showed up to polls around the country without a mask, in which case they were directed to a separate area to vote.
Pennsylvania so far has had 80% of ballots returned, and Pennsylvania Secretary of State says that there are even still ballots “yet to be counted” and “late ballots,” so the percentage will grow later in the day.
Experts say they expect to see a “red mirage” in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. A “red mirage” is when a state is expected to come out red but ultimately comes out in favor of the Democratic candidate.
2:00 PM: On average, voters in Georgia are now only having to wait two minutes in line to vote. This is giant in contrast to the people weeks ago (also in Georgia) who had to wait several hours in line to vote. Officials in Georgia report they are having a smooth election day without any (reported) incidents of malware or cybersecurity threats. However, not the entire country is having such a breezy election day. A Pennsylvania suburb called Bucks County has people who have been waiting in line for hours. Officials say this is probably due to an issue with scanners being unable to read some ballots. Poll workers are persistent, though, due to how important this area is- both Biden and Trump have visited this area for promoting during their campaign trail.
While this election is still anyone’s game, many signs are pointing toward a Biden victory. The former vice president himself and his team seem to have lots of confidence, with Kamala Harris publishing a string of voting promotion/inspirational posts on her social media accounts. A campaign official on Biden’s team said: “We have no regrets how we ran this campaign.”
3:00 PM: As voters leave the polls, and exit poll is usually conducted. Here, the voter can sometimes talk about who they voted for and why. CNN made a list of which key groups may be statistically correlated to each candidate based off some exit polls.
Trump: White voters without a college degree, white women, and independent voters.
Biden: Seniors, Trump-to-Biden voters, white voters with a college degree, Black and Latino/a voters.
Some campaign officials said Joe Biden may make a public speech tonight, regardless of the results. Neither candidate has confirmed they have an acceptance speech prepared. Donald Trump is expecting to watch the results of the election from the East Wing in the white house, though many states such as Pennsylvania and New Hampshire are expected to give late results tonight, by at least 45 minutes.
4:00 PM: Maine is now showing that there is potential for this to be the record voter turnout for the state. Even before the polls opened this morning, more than half of voters still mailed their ballots. With the amount of people arriving to the polls, they are on track to exceed 72% voter turnout, which is the amount of voters in 2016.
Some more on the exit polls: many Biden voters have similar views on mask wearing and precautions for COVID-19. 5 out of 6 Biden voters say that wearing a mask is a public health responsibility. Only half of all Trump voters believe a mask is a public health responsibility, with the other half believing it’s a personal choice.
Tonight, nearly all news channels will have some coverage of the election starting now. ABC, CNN, and Fox are among the many. We recommend you have them playing to get some constant coverage.
5:00 PM: Polls are closing all over the country. So far, only two states are definite- Indiana goes to Trump with 11 votes and Vermont goes to Biden with 3 votes. Our election coverage from here on will be mainly focused on the states that have been announced. A candidate needs 270 votes to win. Watch CNN, Fox, ABC, or any other place you get your news for instant results about who is winning where.
6:00 PM: Biden is at 73 votes and Trump at 48. Most recently, Biden got New Jersey (14) and Trump got Arkansas (6).
7:00 PM: Biden is leading, at 89 electoral college votes and Trump at 54.
8:00 PM: Biden is at 118 votes and Trump is at 108.
9:00 PM: Biden is at 205 votes. Trump is at 114. This will be the last update from Sidekick. To continue the updates, go to your local news station/website. There will be a comic tomorrow also related to the election.