Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said his wife dropped off his ballot for him, which is illegal and punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison
"My wife actually dropped it off personally two weeks ago, so it's there," Wolf said in a radio interview. A spokesperson said it was an "honest mistake."news.yahoo.com
How The Washington Post will model possible outcomes in the Virginia governor’s race
How is The Washington Post doing election results this year? Learn more about when we will report results, how our approach to displaying results is different in 2020, how our model works and how we will conclude who has won or lost a race.washingtonpost.com
Here are the Nov. 2 voting locations in Hidalgo County
Election Day polls for the constitutional amendment special election and local government elections in Hidalgo County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. ALAMO — Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Library, large meeting room, 416 N. Tower RoadALTON — Alton Recreation Center, classroom No. 1, 349 Dawes Ave.DONNA — Amigos del Valle, main entrance, 1408 Silver Ave.EDCOUCH — Sgt. Rodriguez Community Center, meeting room, 320 W. Santa Rosa Ave.EDINBURG — Elections Annex Building, warehouse room, 317 N. Closner Blvd.myrgv.com
Hidalgo County mail-in voters can drop ballots off
The Hidalgo County Elections Department announced Monday that county residents will have an opportunity to drop off their mail-in ballot at its main office Tuesday, which is Election Day. According to a news release, voters who have not mailed their mail-in ballots will be able to drop it off in person or through curbside Tuesday anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The elections department main office is located at 213 S. Closner Blvd. “Once parked, voters are to call the curbside number listed on the signage which will notify office staff to come out and assist the voter.”Voters must be present and show photo identification in order to drop off their mail-in ballot. In addition to eight constitutional amendments on the ballot, county voters will also have the opportunity to decide elections in six communities.myrgv.com
Traces of Texas’ Throwback Thursday: Election Day in Eastland
Traces of Texas’ Throwback Thursday: Election Day in EastlandElection Day in the North Texas town of Eastland in the early 1890s.This photo was sent in by Janice Chambers. Her great-great-grandfather, W. Q. Connellee, was mayor of Eastland at this time. Janice did not indicate if he is in this photo, nor do we know the specific date. Election Day must have been a big thing in Eastland back then, a time to put on your best clothes, break out the musical instruments, and celebrate!texashighways.com
WH: GOP spent like 'drunken sailors' - now must pay
White House press secretary Jen Psaki bluntly calls out GOP lawmakers about their spending during the Trump era and their refusal now to raise the national debt limit. Psaki said they "spent like drunken sailors," during the last four years. (Oct. 4)news.yahoo.com
Report shows big spike in mail ballots during 2020 election
A new report shows fewer than one-third of voters who cast ballots in last year’s U.S. presidential election did so at a polling place on Election Day as the coronavirus pandemic led states to greatly expand mail-in balloting and early voting.
Liz Cheney refuses to link Trump’s false election claims, GOP’s push for new voting restrictions
After losing a leadership role for calling out former president Donal Trump's false election claims, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) disputed that those falsehoods have animated the GOP's push in dozens of states to enact new voting restrictions.washingtonpost.com
April 29th – The Big Bend Sentinel
Officials from the CDC have reported 15 cases of blood clotting from the vaccine and 3 deaths, all in women. Thus far, over 8 million doses have been administered, meaning 0.0001875% of recipients have experienced the severe adverse effects and 0.0000375% have died. She would be the first woman of color to hold the position of Air Force undersecretary. Marfa Saturday Market kicks off May 1MARFA – Marfa Saturday Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m. at the pavilion behind the Marfa Visitor Center/USO Building. Formerly known as Farmstand Marfa, the market will kick off a new season with local foods, products, arts and crafts and more.bigbendsentinel.com
Here’s how, where to vote early now in Bexar County for the May 1 election
Early voting is underway in San Antonio for high-profile races, including the mayor, City Council, a proposition aimed at repealing police officers’ collective bargaining power and a proposition that could expand the use of bonds.
EXPLAINER: Varying views on how to keep accurate voter rolls
Maintaining accurate voter rolls is a bipartisan concern, but there is little agreement on the best way to do it. Republicans say Democrats are too lax, resulting in bloated voter rolls that undermine confidence and invite fraud. Here is an explanation of how voter rolls are maintained, how states do it differently and the conflicts over this year’s legislative proposals. WHAT ARE VOTER ROLLS AND HOW ARE THEY MAINTAINED? In 2016, New York City’s Board of Elections improperly removed more than 200,000 names from the voter rolls.
Iowa Republicans cut back early voting and Election Day hours
Iowa Republicans cut back early voting and Election Day hours Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed a GOP-backed law this week to restrict the state's early and Election Day voting. CBS News reporter Adam Brewster joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" host Elaine Quijano to discuss efforts by Republicans across the country to limit voting access.cbsnews.com
Biden promised to forgive student debt, but don't expect relief anytime soon
As Nate Wlodarchak drove people to the polls on Election Day, he couldn't stop picturing his life without student debt. On the campaign trail, now President Joe Biden had promised to forgive $10,000 of the loans for all borrowers, which would practically reset Wlodarchak's balance to zero. However, with the Biden administration coming in amid dual and historic economic and health crises, student loan forgiveness may not come as quickly as some had hoped. An aide for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said cancelling student debt would make the biggest strides toward closing the racial wealth gap since the Civil Rights movement. On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order extending the pause on monthly payments for federal student loan borrowers through September 2021.cnbc.com
Virginia holiday commemorating Confederate generals won't be celebrated in 2021, for the first time in over 100 years
In Virginia, that weekend also featured a holiday that commemorated the lives of two Confederate generals — until now. Friday marked the first time in over 100 years that the Commonwealth of Virginia did not officially celebrate the former state holiday, Lee-Jackson Day. Many have commented on Northam's post saying that Confederate soldiers need to be honored. "...I will honor those confederate soldiers despite the new ideology that this is the present. Confederate soldiers helped us win wars and they are being disrespected."cbsnews.com
Analyzing 2020: Shock the vote
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Dan Ruiz Branch Library in Austin on Election Day. Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneEditor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The 2020 election has done a pretty good imitation of a perpetual motion machine, starting well before the year began and lasting weeks after the nation’s votes had been cast and counted. Here are some of my columns on voting from 2020. Sept. 3Keep calm and vote onPolitical people in high places are sowing doubt about voting and elections, making our 200-year-old system seem fraught with problems and even crime.
Biden surpasses 270 Electoral College votes, formalizing his victory. Here's how the electoral vote works.
ET, California's electors cast their state's 55 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, putting him over the 270 needed to win. Maine awards two of its four electoral votes to the statewide winner but also allocates an electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each of its two congressional districts. Garlin Gilchrist opens the state's Electoral College session at the state capitol in Lansing on December 14, 2020. Once a candidate reaches 270 electoral college votes, Pence will declare the winner. Once a candidate reaches 270 electoral college votes, Pence will declare the winner.cbsnews.com
Presidential electors are voting Monday. Here's what that means.
Electors are casting their ballots Monday in the Electoral College and will declare the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Three hundred and six electors will vote for Mr. Biden and 232 will vote for Mr. Trump. The electors are not necessarily bound by law to vote according to the state's results, and there were 10 "faithless electors" in 2016. December 23 : All copies of the electors' votes must be delivered to the recipients. : All copies of the electors' votes must be delivered to the recipients.cbsnews.com
Presidential electors will be voting Monday. Here's what that means
Electors will cast their ballots Monday in the Electoral College and declare the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Maine awards two of its four electoral votes to the statewide winner but also allocates an electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each of its two congressional districts. The electors are not necessarily bound by law to vote according to the state's results, and there were 10 "faithless electors" in 2016. Can Mr. Trump still challenge the results after the electors vote? December 23: All copies of the electors' votes must be delivered to the recipients.cbsnews.com
Presidential electors will be voting Monday. Here's what that means
Electors will cast their votes Monday in the Electoral College and declare the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Maine awards two of its four electoral votes to the statewide winner but also allocates an electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each of its two congressional districts. The electors are not necessarily bound by law to vote according to the state's results, and there were 10 "faithless electors" in 2016. Can Mr. Trump still challenge the results after the electors vote? December 23: All copies of the electors' votes must be delivered to the recipients.cbsnews.com
Youth group helping register many first-time voters ahead of Georgia's Senate runoff
Youth group helping register many first-time voters ahead of Georgia's Senate runoff A group of high school students launched a program to register young first time-voters and registered about 18,000 young voters in Georgia for Election Day in November. Mark Strassmann shares their story.cbsnews.com
Biden win over Trump in Nevada made official by court
The Nevada Supreme Court made Joe Biden's win in the state official on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, approving the final canvass of the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Supreme Court made Joe Biden’s win in the state official on Tuesday, approving the state's final canvass of the Nov. 3 election. Biden got 50.06% of the vote and Trump 47.67%. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican who has avoided the public eye in recent weeks, presented the results to the court. Jesse Binnall, an attorney for the Trump campaign who is handling an election challenge pending before a state court judge, said Tuesday he intends to prove that so many fraudulent votes were cast statewide that Trump won Nevada.
Cannabis industry has 30-40% more upside, pot ETF issuer says after Joe Biden victory
Cannabis companies likely have an eventful four years ahead of them. Pot stocks have been hot following Election Day, with big names in the space gaining on the prospects of a Joe Biden presidency. Exchange-traded funds tracking the space have also soared over that time frame, with one of the biggest winners being the Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF (CNBS), up nearly 23%. As such, CNBS is "the only derivative-free cannabis ETF that's up year to date," with a more than 18% gain as of early Monday, Seymour said. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ), the largest pot ETF by assets under management, is down almost 22% for 2020.cnbc.com
Transition or tropics? EPA chief looks at final trips abroad
After months of travel to battleground states before Election Day, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency now is looking at taxpayer-funded trips abroad, including the tropics, in the Trump administration's last weeks. Administrator Andrew Wheeler had been invited next month to Taiwan, a trip with an estimated cost of $45,000, EPA spokesman James Hewitt said Thursday. “Administrator Wheeler remains head of the agency and will continue to advance environmental progress both here and abroad,” Hewitt said. The New York Times, which first reported Wheeler’s travel plans, said Wheeler and other EPA officials were expected to travel by chartered flight to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. Hewitt, the EPA spokesman, did not immediately respond to a question asking whether Wheeler was doing any planning to help the agency transition from one administration to the next.
Native American votes helped secure Biden's win in Arizona
Native Americans were among the difference-makers who swung the race to Biden in Arizona. That show of force is now translating into leverage for Native Americans seeking more representation in top levels of the federal government. Native voters say they were motivated by many of the same things as other voters. She also was part of a group helping to boost voting among Native Americans. “People need to start paying attention to not only Navajo votes but across the board nationally, Native votes,” Davis said.
Harlandale ISD changes course on MLK holiday, adds extra school day instead
SAN ANTONIO – Harlandale ISD announced Wednesday that Martin Luther King Jr. Day would remain a holiday on district calendars this school year and that an extra day has been added to the school year instead. According to an announcement by the district, the initial decision to exchange the Martin Luther King holiday with the Election Day holiday was decided by a survey sent to all employees last month. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the district wanted to keep students and staff away from campuses that were being utilized as voting locations. “We believe that the King’s Day celebration is an important day in our collective history,” Hudspeth said in a statement. King’s work was to ensure equality and equal justice for all people; this should be our work as well.
Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, poll workers assist a voter on Election Day at Frank McCourt High School, on New York's Upper West Side. Poll workers in some states who came in contact with voters on Election Day are now reporting they have tested positive for the coronavirus despite painstaking efforts to secure election sites. In most places, poll workers were required to wear masks. The cases emerged while election workers continued counting thousands of ballots. It's difficult to trace cases back to polling places because the virus manifests in different ways, and some people never get symptoms.
Some big things happened for Texas LGBTQ this election. Here's a round-up.
From important re-elections of openly gay candidates to increased allies in elected positions, the LGBTQ community scored some big politically wins on Election Day at the state level. Organizations like Equality Texas were pleased with how many of the races played out. Here are some takeaways from the Nov. 3 general election:LGBTQ CAUCUSThe five women who formed the Texas House LGBTQ caucus were all voted back into office this election cycle. EQUALITY TEXAS ENDORSEMENTSThe 12 House members endorsed by Equality Texas in 2018 won re-election last week. During the election season, Equality Texas, which helps the LGBTQ community through political action, education and collaboration, endorsed candidates like Johnson and Zwiener.mysanantonio.com
Young voters helped propel Biden to victory. Now they're pushing for a more progressive Democratic Party
Turnout among voting-eligible Americans ages 18-29 increased significantly from 2016 to 2020 and a majority of them supported Biden, according to preliminary analysis from Tufts University. "Progressive voters are the future of this country, progressive policies are the future of politics, and we are going to keep fighting to make sure that Biden's administration is as progressive as possible," Weinberg said. Young voters' electoral impactVoters ages 18-29, particularly young people of color, supported Biden at a greater rate than any other age group, NBC News exit polls show. About 90% of young Black voters supported Biden, compared with 34% of White youth and 57% of all youth voters in Georgia. Meanwhile, progressive Democrats have criticized moderate Democrats for catering more to center-right voters than those who consistently vote blue.cnbc.com
More than 130 Secret Service officers are isolating due to Covid-19 outbreak, report says
U.S. Secret Service is seen during President Donald Trump campaign speech just four days before Election Day outside of Raymond James Stadium on October 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. More than 130 U.S. Secret Service officers have been ordered to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 or being exposed to an infected co-worker, The Washington Post reported Friday. The outbreak is thought to be partially related to President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, sources told the paper. Covid-19 infections have also recently afflicted prominent figures in the Trump campaign and White House, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski and White House political affairs director Brian Jack. White House spokesman Judd Deere declined to comment and referred questions about the Secret Service outbreak to the USSS.cnbc.com
States cite smooth election, despite Trump's baseless claims
But the election was largely smooth, in large part because 107 million voters that cast their ballots early and took the pressure off Election Day operations. Election experts said the large increase in advance voting — 107 million people voting early in person and by mail — helped take pressure off Election Day operations. Among the many lawsuits filed since Election Day is one in Nevada by the Trump campaign alleging voter fraud. “On Election Day, we didn’t have any reports of anything significant," said Lisa Schaefer, who leads the bipartisan County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. “The system held up given the extraordinary circumstances that election officials faced,” said Amber McReynolds, who leads the National Vote at Home Institute.
How to transcend post-election Thanksgiving conversations with the ordinary magic of resilience
To make matters potentially more stressful, Thanksgiving — and conversations with family members who may not agree with your political views — is right around the corner. That’s why it’s vital to learn to adapt to negative emotions and move on in a healthy, productive manner through the ordinary magic of resilience. Resilience Toolbox:Take a deep breath – If you find yourself in an upsetting conversation or anxious about the future, you may stop and take a deep breath. When you take a deep breath, your body is sending a message to your brain to relax and calm down. List things you can control – In life there are some things that you can control and some things that are out of your control.
Leaders of both state political parties join Leading SA to discuss Biden’s win, reflect on Texas elections
Leaders from both state political parties joined us Sunday on Leading SA to reflect on the Texas elections and react to Joe Biden being named the president-elect. “I’m absolutely elated as a Black woman to see a Black woman be selected as vice president-elect; just means so much. While we have been shattering the glass ceiling because we still have work to do, we have definitely broken that ceiling,” Dr. Brailey said. “Absolutely not, because when you look at the policies being promoted by the Democrat Party, they are policies that are not beneficial to the great state of Texas,” West said. “Texas just was not quite ready to take that leap.”You can watch the full interviews with West and Brailey in the video player above.
Election 2020: Joe Biden beats defiant Donald Trump; Kamala Harris first woman elected vice president
Biden announced his plans to launch the COVID-19 task force during remarks at his victory party Saturday night. He said those advisers would help him take the proposals he’s released during the campaign for dealing with the pandemic — which include investments in personal protective equipment and loans for small businesses as well as plans to implement more standardized public health guidelines — and turn those proposals into a “blueprint” that he’ll enact when inaugurated president next January.chicagotribune.com
Man who drove from Los Angeles to Boerne to cast ballot made it back before a winner was declared
One man went to great lengths — over 1,200 miles — in order to cast his ballot on Election Day. Jeff Wilson drove home from Los Angeles to Kendall County, northwest of San Antonio, after his mail-in ballot did not arrive in time. He made it back to Los Angeles before a winner in the presidential race was declared. READ ALSO: The best and worst Whataburger locations in San Antonio, according to Yelp"I don't know that it's going to be decided were I to make another round trip," Wilson joked Friday. I would do it all over again," Wilson said, noting that the Texas election was tight.mysanantonio.com
Thank you, Susan B. Anthony: Gravesite sticker tradition continues, now with a shield
Her sister Mary Anthony’s headstone, just next to hers, was also covered. A cemetery worker adjusts a plastic cover for the headstone of women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, New York, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Katie Polfleit, 20, places an "I Voted" sticker on the grave of women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, New York, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
GOP asks Supreme Court to halt count of Pennsylvania ballots received after Election Day as Biden takes lead
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to halt an ongoing count of mail-in ballots received in that state after Election Day, a move that came hours after Democratic nominee Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the vote tally there. The party also asked the Supreme Court to order the Pennsylvania secretary of state to log and segregate those ballots, but to take no other action, including counting them, for now. The GOP already was seeking to overturn an order by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that extended the normal 8 p.m. Hours later Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ordered Pennsylvania's county elections boards to segregate all ballots received by mail after 8 p.m. Tuesday and to count them separately from other ballots. Alito's order essentially mandates guidance issued in the past two weeks by state Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to the counties calling for them to segregate the ballots received after Election Day.cnbc.com
EXPLAINER: What is a ‘cured’ ballot?
Here, Christina A. Cassidy, a reporter for The Associated Press who covers voting and election security, offers some insight into the post-election process for fixing ballots:UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN A BALLOT BE CURED? In states that lack such a process, ballots with these problems are generally not counted. But a few states do not use signature verification to validate a mail ballot, including Pennsylvania. In a few states, if the problem is identified before Election Day, the voter is sent a replacement ballot. Partisan poll watchers can report concerns to party officials, who can raise objections and file lawsuits.
McConnell and Pelosi are once again at odds over the size of a coronavirus stimulus package
The two most powerful people in Congress — at least for the next two months — renewed their calls for coronavirus stimulus on Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., again called for a targeted aid package. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Republicans to restart aid talks that fell apart before the 2020 election. She told reporters that the "imperative to act could not be greater" after the U.S. posted a record of more than 120,000 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday. The chambers of Congress failed to find common ground on relief before the election, as Senate Republicans tried to pass a $500 billion aid bill and House Democrats approved a $2.2 trillion package.cnbc.com
The count goes on — with Biden on the cusp of presidency
WASHINGTON – Democrat Joe Biden stood on the cusp of winning the presidency Friday night, three days after Election Day, as the long, exacting work of counting votes widened his lead over President Donald Trump in critical battleground states. There was intense focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 27,000 votes, and Nevada, where the Democrat led by about 22,000. In Pennsylvania, officials were not allowed to begin processing mail-in ballots until Election Day under state law. In Nevada, there were a number of provisional ballots cast by voters who registered on Election Day, and officials had to verify their eligibility. The AP has declared Biden the winner in Arizona and said Thursday that it was monitoring the vote count as it proceeded.
Analysis: Trump's vote diatribe both shocking, unsurprising
And he had demanded in advance that the results be known on Election Day, which is never a given. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waited until Friday morning to tweet that “Every legal vote should be counted. All sides must get to observe the process.”Whether that dynamic will continue if fuller election results deliver the presidency to Biden is another key unanswered question. If the vote count goes against him, does he really want to be remembered as the president who burned down the building on his way out the door? ___EDITOR’S NOTE -- Nancy Benac is White House news editor and has covered government and politics for The Associated Press for four decades.
Primarily Democratic Texas border county with 96% Latino population brings in more Republican votes during 2020 election
STARR COUNTY, Texas – Located just west of Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, Starr County almost went from stark blue to bright red on Election Day. 4 big takeaways for Texas, Bexar County after 2020 electionRoss Barrera, the Starr County Republican chair, was skeptical when someone first suggested organizing a Trump Train. Barrera said he asked, “You think that’ll work here in Starr County? Do not take us for granted.’”Garza said Starr County, being one of the poorest counties in the nation, deserves economic relief. We do go out to vote, and we can switch our vote,” Garza said.
False claims of Wisconsin voter fraud rely on wrong numbers
The image Eric Trump shared in his post claimed that there was a huge, inexplicable increase in voter turnout in Wisconsin this year. The image showed voter turnout percentages during presidential elections over the last 20 years in Wisconsin, with voter turnout hitting 89.25% this year. The Wisconsin Elections Commission calculates voter turnout based on the entire voting-age population, not just registered voters. But as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission reported 3,684,726 registered voters. The Wisconsin Elections Commission received “a lot of calls” about the false rumors, said the state's top elections official Meagan Wolfe.
Republican candidate who died of COVID-19 wins North Dakota election
A North Dakota state legislative candidate died from COVID-19 in October — one month before Election Day. David Andahl, a Republican running for the state's House of Representatives won his race on Tuesday. DavidAndahl.comAndahl was running alongside fellow District 8 candidate David Nehring, who won 40.72% of the vote, while Andahl won 35.53%, according to state data. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Governor Doug Burgum has no authority to appoint a replacement. This comes after the governor announced Wednesday that he was appointing a coal company executive, Wade Boeshans of BNI Energy, to the seat, according to the AP.cbsnews.com
EXPLAINER: How much misinformation is kicking around?
Karen Mahabir, fact check and misinformation editor for The Associated Press, says her team of reporters has had no shortage of work since Americans stopped voting late Tuesday. Here, she answers three quick questions about the misinformation landscape at the moment. We know they stepped up all their efforts to curb misinformation, which seems to be working for the most part. They're taking action. ___SOME RECENT AP STORIES ABOUT MISINFORMATION:— Claim that Sharpie pens ruin Arizona ballots misses the mark— Trump and allies spread falsehoods to cast doubt on election— Did social media actually counter election misinformation?
Masks, lines and clear skies: Photos from Election Day in Texas
Barbara Boyle poses for a portrait after voting at Sugar Lakes Clubhouse on Election Day in Sugar Land. A Trump supporter waves a Women for Trump banner for motorists outside the Kingwood Community Center on Election Day. Last: Kevin Rury waves to cars across from the polling station in Schertz early on Election Day morning. Last: Voters waited in line to cast their ballots at the Austin Central Library, prior to polls opening on Election Day. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas TribuneAn election volunteer outside the Manor ISD building on Election Day.
WATCH LIVE: ABC News coverage on presidential election
Although Biden and Harris have claimed victory, there are still thousands of ballots that need to be counted in certain states. As it currently stands, Biden has 279 electoral votes and 75,550,480 votes. Trump has 214 electoral votes, and 71,188,847 votes. Still, with Biden winning the state of Pennsylvania on Saturday, the count of his electoral votes passed 270, making him the U.S. President-elect. Watch the ABC News live coverage in the video player below.
EXPLAINER: Have election-related protests materialized?
WASHINGTON – Two days after Election Day, protests across the United States are scattered, happening in places from Portland, Oregon and Seattle to Washington, D.C. Similar protests — sometimes about the election, sometimes about racial inequality — took place in at least a half-dozen cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego. In Portland, demonstrators engaged in what authorities said was widespread violence downtown. Here, Elizabeth Kennedy, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press, who is leading coverage of election-related protests, breaks down what AP journalists across the United States have been encountering. There was no widespread violence at the polls or in the immediate aftermath.
In Nevada, about 76% of votes are in, Biden leads by about 11,000 votes
About 76% of the votes are in and Biden led by roughly 11,000 votes Thursday afternoon. Under state law, they can still be accepted so long as they were postmarked by the Nov. 3 Election Day. Two days after Election Day, neither candidate had amassed the votes needed to win the White House. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the president would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing “irregularities” in several counties. Several states allow mailed-in votes to be accepted after Election Day as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday.
Long wait for Hawaii vote spurs call for more voter centers
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a long line of people waiting to vote stretches around City Hall on Election Day, in Honolulu. Overall, the state’s vote-by-mail election appears to have been a big success, leading to record numbers of voters participating. The law also gives voters the option to vote in person at voter service centers, where people may also register to vote or get help with casting a ballot. Ma said people waited between two to four hours on Tuesday at the two voter centers on Oahu, an island with about 549,000 registered voters. Another factor was people who view voting in person on Election Day as sacrosanct and something they wanted to do.
Democrats hoped high turnout would usher in a blue wave across Texas. It didn’t.
Democrats have said for years that Texas is a nonvoting state that could flip blue with massive voter turnout. But although the 2020 presidential election brought more turnout than Texas has seen in almost 30 years, no blue wave washed across the state. About 66% of registered voters cast ballots this year. In Hidalgo County, 56.1% of 391,309 registered voters cast ballots, 4.8 percentage points higher turnout than in 2016. “Any pundit who claims ‘Democrats lost Texas’ can’t see the forest for the trees,” said Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa.
Projections indicate record Latino voter turnout nationally
WCVI is the research arm of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, named after its founder and voting rights pioneer, the late Willie Velasquez. “I believe the numbers that I projected are accurate,” said Lydia Camarillo, WCVI and SWVREP president. WCVI projected a record number of Latinos would be registered to vote, 17.9 million. She said WCVI has analyzed a 46-year pattern of substantially increasing Latino voting and registration, especially when deciding the next U.S. president. Latino voter registration grew 20% and voting was up by 24% since 2016, Camarillo said.
Trump's Election Day surge powered by small-town America
With the race unsettled in several key battlegrounds, Trump's strong Election Day surge may not be enough to overcome a Democratic operation that also turned out its vote. But the tight presidential races and unexpected Democratic losses in congressional races demonstrated the resilient power of Trump’s appeal with rural, white voters and a growing polarization that may outlast his leadership. “But in this election we found it’s not ticking fast enough for the Democrats.”Even as the winner of the White House was unclear, Republicans had victories to celebrate Wednesday and white, rural voters to thank. Trump held one of his final, largest campaign rallies in Butler, drawing an estimated 54,000 people two days before Election Day. State Republicans spent months signing up new GOP registrants in the county — the GOP netted 11,000 voters over Democrats since Trump's 2016 election.
After judge's order, Postal Service sweep finds 13 ballots
Postal Service inspectors found just 13 ballots — all in Pennsylvania — during an Election Day sweep of mail processing centers ordered by a federal judge. The ballots were found in two separate mail processing facilities and were expedited for delivery to local election offices, according to court records filed Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, D.C., had given the Postal Service until Tuesday afternoon to search 27 facilities in several battleground areas for outstanding ballots and immediately deliver any ballots discovered to election offices. Justice Department attorneys representing the Postal Service said they could not meet the judge's order without disrupting the agency's own Election Day operations. Instead, they are expedited directly to the boards of elections,” Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer said.
Election officials scramble to count ballots in key states
Unlike in previous years, states were contending with an avalanche of mail ballots driven by the global pandemic. Every election, what’s reported on election night are unofficial results, and the counting of votes extends past Election Day. This year, with so many mail ballots and close races in key states, counting every vote was expected to take more time. “These ballots were cast by tens of thousands of Michigan citizens who have the right to have their vote counted. Slowing the process down was the fact that local election officials could not begin processing and scanning ballots ahead of Election Day, as most states did.
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?
El Paso officials attribute Nov. 4 single-day record coronavirus case count to data backlog
Correction, Nov. 5, 2020: El Paso officials on Thursday said the city’s case count they reported Wednesday was inaccurate. El Paso Public Health Department Director Angela Mora said the correct figure for Wednesday is 1,537, not 3,100. El Paso in recent weeks has struggled to stem the tide of the novel coronavirus. Hospitals are near or at capacity, and El Paso County has set up four temporary morgues. The rising case count came as a state district judge heard arguments Wednesday over a shutdown order issued last month by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego.
LIVE COVERAGE: Updates from post-Election Day 2020 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
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Analysis: Texas voters still fly a red political flag
Texas is not blue, but after this latest election, its Democrats are. Democrats got no wins in statewide races from the presidency to the high courts, and the party’s elected officials remain in the minorities of the congressional delegation, the Texas Senate and the Texas House. Still, Texas Democrats have steadily made it more difficult for Republicans to get things done when the Democrats don’t want to go along. With the 2020 general election behind us, the Republican state House majority is intact, but small. If the issues of the day were not enough to force Texas lawmakers into practical things, the politics would be.
Texas 2020 elections: 815 Texas mail-in ballots recovered and sent to counties in USPS sweep
Wednesday’s biggest developmentsFind the latest results in Texas' biggest races815 Texas mail-in ballots found in post office sweepTexas Democrats underperformed their high expectationsPresident Donald Trump defeated Joe Biden in TexasJohn Cornyn retained his U.S. Senate seatSweep of Postal Service finds 815 mail-in ballots in Texas facilities[6:26 p.m.] The U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it found 815 mail-in ballots in Texas processing facilities and delivered them to county election offices. Under Texas law, mail-in ballots that were postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Day will be counted if county election offices receive them by 5 p.m. the following day. Sullivan ordered facilities in 12 districts across the country, including Houston, to sweep for lost mail-in ballots Tuesday. Postal Service to immediately sweep Texas processing facilities for mail-in ballots that were postmarked by Tuesday.
There's no winner in the presidential race. That's OK
WASHINGTON – America woke up Wednesday morning without a winner of the presidential election. Some states, including Florida, began counting absentee ballots days before Election Day — and had definitive results within hours of the polls closing. It just means the country doesn't know who won the presidential election for the time being. And they will prevail.”Vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end. The U.S. has endured a presidential race without an immediate winner before.
EXPLAINER: Why AP called North Carolina for Trump
WHY AP CALLED NORTH CAROLINA FOR TRUMPThe Associated Press declared Donald Trump the winner in North Carolina on Friday after concluding there were not enough ballots left to be counted that would allow Joe Biden to overtake his lead. Friday was the deadline for counties in North Carolina to certify their results. Following updates from most counties in the state, Trump was leading by about 73,690 votes, or 1.3 percentage points. But a few individual contests, including North Carolina, remained too early to call. Now that Trump has been declared the winner in North Carolina the only state yet to be called is Georgia, which is conducting a hand tally of the presidential race there.
Trump sues in 3 states, laying ground for contesting outcome
Every election, results reported on election night are unofficial and the counting of ballots extends past Election Day. The Georgia lawsuit filed in Chatham County essentially asks a judge to ensure the state laws are being followed on absentee ballots. Campaign officials said they were considering peppering a dozen other counties around the state with similar claims around absentee ballots. Trump, addressing supporters at the White House early Wednesday, talked about taking the undecided race to the Supreme Court. Ohio State University election law professor Edward Foley wrote on Twitter Wednesday: “The valid votes will be counted.
2020 races that haven’t been called yet
By midnight, Biden had racked up 205 electoral votes to Trump’s 171, according to the Associated Press. Congressional District 23UPDATE: Republican Tony Gonzales wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 23rd Congressional District, AP reports. Gonzales' lead, which ballooned to 14,000 votes before midnight, is a much healthier advantage than past races in the district’s history, but it remained too close to call with only 78% of precincts reporting. “With thousands of ballots yet to be counted, the Gonzales campaign’s attempt to declare victory is premature,” Jones' campaign manager Lacey Morrison said. Flores stunned the Texas political landscape by winning the District 19 state senate seat.
More than a dozen arrested as protesters demand vote count
One person arrested for allegedly damaging property was taken to a hospital after “experiencing a medical episode,” police said in a statement early Thursday. Officers seized multiple firearms, ammunition, a knife, fireworks, body armor and gas masks from people who were arrested, a sheriff’s office statement said. The protests came as smaller groups of Trump supporters gathered at vote tabulation sites in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, decrying counts that showed Democrat Joe Biden leading or gaining ground. In Phoenix, at least two dozen Trump supporters gathered outside city hall Thursday morning, chanting “Protect Our Vote.” The group said they planned to return to the tabulation center, where a Wednesday night rally decried a declaration by Fox News that Biden was the winner in Arizona. This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”In Detroit, a few dozen Trump supporters gathered outside the city's convention center Thursday morning, as election workers counted absentee ballots inside.