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8 commonly asked questions in the 2020 presidential election
A collection of answers to commonly asked questions around the U.S. presidential election this year.
Electoral College vs popular vote
Question: Why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote and thus the presidency?
Question: Is it possible the election will be up in the air and we won’t have a president on Inauguration Day: Jan. 20, 2021?
Federal government’s role
Question: What is the role of the federal government in elections?
Question: What steps have been taken to protect the nation’s election systems from potential interference by foreign powers like Russia? Have voting systems been “hardened” in any way?
Absentee vs. mail-in
Question: What’s the difference between absentee voting and mail voting?
Question: What states vote early and when are these votes counted?
Question: If a ballot is tossed because of some issue — maybe a missing signature or it got damaged — will the voter be notified that the ballot’s been invalidated? And can the voter cast a new ballot?
Question: What are the rules around poll watching on Election Day in the United States?