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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The case for making Election Day an official holiday

Nov 3, 2020
Andrea Hailey, CEO of the nonprofit Vote.org, thinks making Election Day a national holiday would go far in increasing turnout.
"A lot of these businesses know that it's within their business interest to make sure that people can participate and vote," says Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey.
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Are “I Voted” stickers worth the cost?

Nov 2, 2020
Many Americans view the "I voted" sticker as a symbol of pride, but do they increase voter turnout?
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Estonia proves trust is at the heart of online voting

Nov 2, 2020
And, for the country's citizens, 99% of public services happen online. Voting was added to that list in 2005.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many Americans to vote early, the idea of casting ballots online has become an attractive possibility. The small European nation of Estonia has proved it's possible, but how feasible is it for the U.S.?
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Why upgrading voting machines is important for election integrity

High costs can prevent states from upgrading voting equipment, which can lead to security and reliability issues.
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The complicated history of voting technology

Oct 30, 2020
MIT professor Charles Stewart III reflects on how technology both improved voting security and created new election fears.
Punch card ballots and their "hanging chads" caused a headache in the 2000 election.
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Businesses encourage the U.S. to trust the election process

Oct 29, 2020
Major business groups have penned a letter urging Americans to be patient as votes are counted.
Workers board up the entrance of an office building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, 2020. Delayed election results could lead to damaged retail storefronts and other infrastructure if violence or protests break out.
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Lower-income voters less confident in accurate count, poll finds

Oct 29, 2020
The latest data from the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll shows confidence in vote count reflects voters' income.
A man casts his ballot at an early voting center in Washington, D.C.
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Voting-related legal challenges likely to continue past Election Day

Oct 13, 2020
Campaigns and outside groups are spending tens of millions of dollars on legal challenges leading up to the election, trying to avoid even more damaging — and expensive — fights after polls close.
People vote early in San Jose, California, on Oct. 13. More people are voting early or by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Political parties, outside groups pour resources into preelection legal fights

Oct 8, 2020
They're spending tens of millions of dollars in court, fighting down to the wire over absentee and mail-in ballot rules.
According to the Standford-MIT Healthy Elections Project, there are more than 300 of these cases in 44 states.
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