What the 2020 race (so far) has taught campaigns about how to spend money

Nov 13, 2020
Local organizing over national ads and more focus on mail-in voting are some of the takeaways from the recent election.
"We really need to get better at voting by mail and the early vote,” a Republican political consultant said of the election. Above, voters cast their ballots in Hillsboro, Virginia, on Nov. 3.
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How the election certification process works, and why it matters

Nov 13, 2020
Election certification happens after every general election. This year, it’s looking to be costly.
Canvassers process mail-in ballots at a county board of elections headquarters in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Canvassing is part of the election certification process.
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2020 presidential election: a tale of two economies

Nov 12, 2020
A new report from the Brookings Institution says counties where the majority of voters supported President-elect Joe Biden are responsible for a much larger share of economic activity than those that supported President Trump.
A Trump-Pence campaign sign is seen in Westby, Wisconsin, in October.
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When will we know the results of the 2020 election?

Nov 3, 2020
Sorting through mail-in ballots takes significantly more time than in-person voting.
A view of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden at the first presidential debate.
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How the election will shape economic policy before inauguration

Nov 3, 2020
Analysts predict the outcome of the election will play a key role in what legislation makes it through the legislative process before the end of this year.
Election results could determine how much legislation is passed between now and the end of the year.
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Americans are contributing more than cash to the 2020 election

Oct 30, 2020
In Missouri, a change in the law allowed more people to vote by mail, but with a catch. A new group of volunteers stepped up.
Jill Anderson guides Cynthia Barounis through the notarization process outside Rooster restaurant in St. Louis. A change to Missouri law allows most people to vote absentee or by mail, but mail-in ballots must be notarized.
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Why this swing-state county is investing over $1 million in its voting infrastructure

Pennsylvania elections official Kenneth Lawrence says Montgomery County is gearing up for a deluge of mail-in ballots, and there won't be a final result on election night.
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Who pays for election recounts?

Oct 28, 2020
Rules vary by state in terms of whether taxpayers or candidates have to foot the bill for a recount in a close race.
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Money is still flooding into the campaigns. But how to spend it?

Oct 22, 2020
In the final run-up to Election Day, campaigns, parties and outside groups are rushing to spend unprecedented cash on hand.
Television screens air the first presidential debate at a sports bar on Sept. 29, in Washington, D.C.
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How much do you trust government data? It depends on your politics

Oct 15, 2020
According to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, Biden supporters are less likely than Trump supporters to believe economic data from the federal government.
Thuli Katerere-Virima is one of 7% of Biden supporters who still have full confidence in government economic data.
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