9 photos that prove Election Day 2020 was different than any other in recent years
There’s no doubt that Election Day this year was one for the books. After record-setting early voting, people still showed up in droves on Election Day to cast their ballot. Below are 10 photos -- all from Getty Images -- that give an indication of how different this Election Day looked. (2020 Getty Images)Protesters march through the streets around Black Lives Matter Plaza on Nov. 3 in Washington DC. (2020 Getty Images)Did you feel things were different this year?
Volunteers count ballots at the TCF Center in Detroit
DETROIT – TCF Center in Detroit is packed with hundreds of poll workers making sure that every vote is counted in this year’s election. The workers have been up since the early hours of the morning on Tuesday. There are heavy security measures not just in terms of the voting but also strict measures surrounding COVID-19. Those in charge want their staff safe while completing such a large task. MORE: View map: State-by-state presidential results for Nov. 3, 2020 General Election
These celebrities are proudly showing off their ‘I Voted’ stickers
Celebrities -- they’re just like us. Well, not really, but they definitely vote, and they definitely post selfies on Election Day with their “I Voted” sticker. Here are a few celebs who have let social media know they are exercising their constitutional right to have their voice heard. Laura DernSnoop DoggJessica AlbaNatalie PortmanJennifer LopezCharlize TheronBlake Lively and Ryan ReynoldsDemi LovatoDrew BarrymoreLizzoMariah CareyKerry WashingtonAshlee Simpson RossReese WitherspoonHalle BerryNick JonasSelena GomezBrittany SnowJimmy FallonJoe Jonas
These are the states to watch closely on election night
The former vice president is competitive in all the battleground states Trump carried in 2016, and has put a handful of traditional Republican states, including Georgia and Arizona, in play. Grab the binoculars and focus on these 10 states as election returns start rolling in:Florida: 29 electoral votesAll eyes are on Florida, a swing state known for razor-thin election tallies. If Trump doesn’t win Florida, he’s going to have a rough time capturing enough states to stay in office. As early voting began in the state, Biden expanded his ad buys into every corner of Ohio. Trump won Arizona in 2016, but it is no longer an ironclad GOP stalwart.
Here’s what voting looks like across the nation today
Here’s what voting across the nation looks like today -- one of the most historic election days in recent history. (2020 Getty Images)Would-be voters learn they are not registered at their precinct at the O.P. (2020 Getty Images)Voters cast their ballot at The Orpheum Theater on Nov. 3 in Madison, Wisconsin. (2020 Getty Images)Voters stand in ballot boxes at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 3 in Louisville, Kentucky. (2020 Getty Images)
Save time at the polls with Ann Arbor’s Election Day Line Tracker
ANN ARBOR – Did you know that you can check the status of the line at your precinct? With Ann Arbor’s Election Day Line Tracker, you can search for your precinct and see how long the wait is before you head out the door. The line tracker will show how many people are in line and give you an estimated wait time. Another cool feature? When you search for a precinct, the feature will pull up a picture of the polling place building and a link to directions on Google Maps so you can be sure you’re going to the right place.
This is Michigan’s rule on selfies at polling stations
We understand documenting that you’ve voted is important to a lot of people — especially when you get that “I Voted” sticker. You should be proud of yourself for casting your vote, but know that there are strict rules in some places when it comes to taking pictures at polling places. Because of that, voters should wait until they are more than that distance from the location. Voters should always practice courtesy and common sense, and you can always ask a poll worker to specify what the rules are. When in doubt, just wait until you’re back in your car to snap that “I Voted” sticker selfie.
Detroit radio personality Angie Starr encourages voting through music
“Solutions Not Slogans” hosted by radio personality Angie Starr of 105.9 KISS FM answered Detroit voters' questions about this year’s election. “This election is so important and I want everybody that can vote to vote! And in true radio fashion, she’s helping to get that message out through music. The way your vote matters, why your vote is important and why you need to know everyone that is on the ballot. It’s all wrapped up into this one video,” Starr explained.
Is there a racial divide when it comes to length of the voting lines?
Is there a racial divide when it comes to voting wait times at precincts? In 2016, white voters waited an average of 10 minutes, according to a survey of voters conducted by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In comparison, Black voters waited an average of 16 minutes and Latino voters were in line an average of 13 minutes, according to the survey. During the 2018 election, Black voters waited an average of 11.5 minutes, Latino voters an average of 11.7 minutes and white voters an average of 8.8 minutes, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. In precincts with 90% or more non-white voters, the average wait time was 32.4 minutes and the median was 13.3 minutes.
These are the ballot machines and systems available in Michigan
In Michigan, the state uses Hart Voting Systems, Dominion Voting Systems and ES&S Voting Systems. Click or tap on the county’s name and you learn you’ll be using Hart Voting Systems. This page will tell you exactly what that means: How to mark a Hart ballot (you’ll completely darken the box next to each ballot choice as shown), how to use a Hart Voter Assist Terminal, and how to work a Hart Verity Tabulator. The precinct worker will tear off the ballot stub and instruct the voter to feed the ballot into the tabulator.” And there you have it. The same details are available for the other systems, Dominion Voting and ES&S Voting.
6 days until the election: Will we know who won on election night?
That is going to produce results coming in at very different times -- perhaps days or even weeks after Election Day. Processing early ballotsIn some places, election officials can begin processing ballots weeks before Election Day. So on Nov. 3, Election Day, officials will have to run an in-person election while also working through the unprecedented number of mail-in votes. Republicans, including Trump's campaign, have been filing lawsuits to stop election officials from counting ballots that are delivered after Election Day. Also, Pennsylvania doesn’t allow early processing of mail-in ballots, further complicating matters.
5 times in which a U.S. president was elected, but lost the popular vote
Since the Electoral College was established as the means of electing a president, it hasn’t been often when a president won the election without winning the popular vote. Despite the fact that Jackson had more electoral votes and won the popular vote, the House voted Adams as President. Cleveland ended up winning the popular vote by more than 90,000 votes, but Harrison won the electoral vote, 233-168. That gave Bush a 271-266 win in the electoral vote, even though Gore won the popular vote by roughly 500,000 more votes. But the electoral vote was a completely different matter, with Trump earning 304 votes to Clinton’s 227.
LIVE: See the most up-to-date tweets from Trump and Biden right here
We don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been an epic election year. If you’ve kept an eye on social media to stay up to date on all the election happenings, you’ve likely been watching the feeds of President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden. They both address issues, as well as, at times, take jabs at one another. Regardless, it’s one of the best ways to stay up to date on what’s happening with both nominees. If you want to keep an eye on the latest tweets from both Trump and Biden, we’ve got them for you right here.
Take our quiz to rate your feelings on the final presidential debate
With less than two weeks before one of the biggest Election Days in history, Republican incumbent nominee, President Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden met at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, for the second and final presidential debate. The debate, which appeared to be a little more constructive than the last, was moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News. What did you think of responses and ideas presented by Biden and Trump? Let us know your reaction by clicking on an emoji below each statement that was made.
U-M election security expert: Five ways to keep your vote secure
University of Michigan professor of computer science and engineering J. Alex Halderman is one of the country’s foremost election security experts. But some jurisdictions have begun using ballot-marking devices for every voter. If you vote using a ballot-marking device, scrutinize the printout and tell a poll worker if any selection isn’t right. All voters in Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, California’s Los Angeles County and Philadelphia will vote using ballot-marking devices. Don’t vote onlineThere’s pressure on election officials to provide easier ways to vote remotely this year.
Southwest Detroit artist creates murals to encourage minorities to vote
DETROIT – This Hispanic Heritage Month, one Detroit artist is using his talent to urge minorities to vote ahead of the November election. The young artist from southwest Detroit has an impressive following on social media, but his mural projects are about more than garnering likes. “(It) would be amazing if I could use my platform for something positive.”The first-generation Mexican American has never registered to vote before. Freddy picked a spot in Southwest Detroit for his mural, at the corner of Joy Road and Piedmont Street, to reach other minority and first-time voters. You can vote from home, and it doesn’t have to be on November 2 or 3 -- you can vote early,” Diaz said.
Electoral College vs. the popular vote: Why either can outweigh the other on any given election year
Have you ever wondered why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote, and thus, the presidency? Four candidates in history have won a majority of the popular vote only to be denied the presidency by the Electoral College. That includes Hillary Clinton, who had the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate in U.S. history. Graphic shows scenario in which a presidential candidate can win the popular vote but lose the election. It would take a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College -- an unlikely move because of how difficult it is to pass and ratify constitutional changes.
AARP is helping you stay safe while voting
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. Lisa Dedden Cooper from AARP explained the importance of having information about voting so you can vote safely. You can vote by mail, vote in person on November 3rd, or vote early at your local clerk’s office. If you requested and received your absentee ballot, but rather vote early at your local’s clerks office, you can surrender your absentee ballot before you vote. If you’ve already voted but want to change something on your ballot, you can talk to your local clerk’s office about “spoiling” your ballot.
‘Why am I here?’ 5 especially memorable lines from election debates of the past
In the 1992 presidential election, independent candidate Ross Perot had what at the time was deemed an unusual selection for his running mate, retired Navy Admiral James Stockdale. Bush, who served as Reagan’s vice president, easily won the 1988 presidential election over Michael Dukakis. “I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy,” Bentsen said.
Ready to vote but need a ride? This company says it’s stepping in to help
And just like every election year, it’s of the utmost importance that citizens cast their ballot in this year’s election. If you’ve registered but are already concerned about how you will make it to a polling station, the ride-sharing company Uber wants to step in and lend a hand. As Election Day approaches, and as part of its “Get Out the Vote” campaign, the company aims to help people find their polling location, as well as offer discounted rides to and from the poll during early voting. “As we look ahead to this year’s election, we are committed to doing our part to make sure every citizen has access to vote,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. Uber officials said as Election Day nears, people will begin to have access to important information in the app.
A look at the gender gap when it comes to voting in presidential elections
Women wearing masks pose behind a voter registration table in Union Square as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 09, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Alexi RosenfeldAug. 18 marked the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment being ratified, which changed elections forever. The 19th Amendment prohibits the state and federal government from denying the right of citizens to vote based on sex -- meaning, women became eligible to vote after previous years of discrimination at the polls. Since 1980, more women have voted in each presidential election than men, according to Statista. So, how much of a gap has there been between women and men voters in each presidential election of the century?