A handful of states, like Iowa, have caucuses instead of primaries. In the coming months we'll find out who has won over enough voters - in the midst of a pandemic - to clinch the presidency in November. Take a look at key dates and voting deadlines in your state. The election date is not written into the US Constitution, so a delay is technically possible, but the Constitution does outline a date for the newly elected president's inauguration in January. This will be a presidential campaign like no other. But it's all academic because Mr Biden is presumptive nominee. VideoSwimming with sharks at Bondi Beach, Misty Copeland: Ballet’s listening after George Floyd. Read about our approach to external linking. The Constitution prohibits any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector. The Legal Battle Probably Won’t. Republican bastions such as Idaho, Alaska, and many southern states are considered "red states" while Democrat-dominated states such as California, Illinois and much of the New England region of the northeast coast are called "blue states". Millions of Americans will vote on Election Day. The primary process is rather uniquely American, but there are some similarities in Australia and Israel for "pre-selecting" candidates. US election: A family split over Bernie Sanders, US election: The biggest myth about the 'black vote'. US election: A family split over Bernie Sanders. To become president either candidate needs to win a majority of the 538 electors - i.e. Published 30 July. The most recent instance was in 2016, when Donald Trump won the electoral college but Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, won the popular vote. The popular vote - the sheer number of votes received by each candidate - will have nothing to do with determining the winner of the 3 November general election. The Postal Service recommends that voters allow seven days for a ballot to be returned via mail. Sources: State board of election and secretary of state websites and Vote.org, The comments section is closed. It stands as the most serious known public health scare encountered by any sitting American president in recent history. Most election experts have questioned whether it is possible for postal voting to lead to widespread fraud, as Mr Trump claims, but have pointed out that an anticipated rise in postal voting could cause problems. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, established in 1987, sponsors and runs these debates. A record number of people are expected to vote before November 3 by opting for postal votes. The date on which a new president is sworn in is enshrined in the US constitution. The virus has already dramatically affected the running of the election, including the chaos caused by Donald Trump being diagnosed with Covid-19. If the race is close, a winner may not be announced on election night. The Democratic and Republican political conventions, a staple of presidential election years, were radically different from the usual pageantry. Either Mr Trump or Mr Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. In January, the new president (or returning incumbent) is sworn in at an event called the inauguration. Health concerns over the current public-health crisis have increased pressure on states to expand the availability of mail-in voting, especially in the 17 states that require voters to provide a valid reason why they are unable to vote in-person. To submit a letter to the editor for publication, write to. Much of the convention, including Mr Trump's speech, was virtual and included live speeches from different locations. This year North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona could all be decisive in the election's outcome. In 2016, just over 57 million Americans - 28.5% of eligible voters - participated in the primaries of both parties, .css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:bolder;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}}according to the Pew Research Center. Everything we know about the 2020 presidential election so far. Some counties in Utah will accept mail ballots up to Nov. 17. A simple majority of 270 out of the 538 votes available wins the White House. Most mail-in ballots must be received within a couple of days of November 3, with a few exceptions. Here is everything we know about how the race will play out. The only option to vote in person in New Jersey is on Election Day. Some news networks and pollsters will publish projected results late on November 3, though these results are provisional while mail-in ballots are counted. It is possible to win the popular vote, but lose the electoral vote, as happened to Democrats Al Gore in 2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. It's the term for the officials, "electors", who vote on behalf of the states for president. With two weeks to go before the US presidential election, former vice-president Joe Biden, the Democratic party’s nominee, is polling narrowly ahead of incumbent Republican president Donald Trump in key battleground states, though he has seen his lead narrow in some states since the summer.. Mr Trump's doctor announced on October 10 that the President was no longer contagious - nine days after being stopped in his tracks by Covid-19. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution - ratified in 1933 - mandates inauguration take place on 20 January. The 2020 US election is a week away. Other "third-party" candidates sometimes participate, with the Libertarian, Green and Independent parties occasionally putting forth a nominee. Technically, President Trump is not the official Republican candidate until it is announced at the convention. State governments run primary elections - not the parties - in essentially the same way they run the general election. Post Office to shut 600 ATMs in blow for high streets across Britain, NHS staff 'ashamed' they can't serve good food to patients, Donald Trump being diagnosed with Covid-19. But the coronavirus pandemic has thrown many aspects of the race into uncertainty. Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, decided against travelling to Wisconsin to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of coronavirus concerns. However, the power to change the election date lies with the US Congress, and the Democrats hold the majority in one chamber, the House of Representatives, making it extremely unlikely a delay would be approved. The electoral college system does usually reflect the popular vote – presidents have won the electoral vote while losing the popular vote just five times in US history. As with many things in America, it depends on the state. The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution states: The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin. Some key states allow ballots to be sent in late, including Pennsylvania and North Carolina (by November 6), Minnesota and Nevada (by November 10), and Ohio (by November 13).

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