2020 Issues

A worker prepares absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C.

Court Rules North Carolina Can Continue Counting Absentee Ballots

The move means additional votes could be counted in the swing state until more than a week after Election Day.

 | Simon Kaufman

An official mail-in ballot from Marple Township, Pa

Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania Extension To Count Ballots

The U.S. Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day.

 | Austin Kim

Florida begins in-person early voting in much of the state Monday

Early In-Person Voting Begins Today In Florida

About 2.5 million mail-in ballots have already been cast in the state with Democrats returning 1.2 million and Republicans about 758,000.

 | Scripps News Staff

People wait in line to vote on the first day of Tennessee's early voting.

Long Lines On Day 1 Of Early Voting In Rhode Island, Kansas, Tennessee

Early in-person voting kicked off in Kansas, Rhode Island and Tennessee, with some voters enduring hours-long waits to cast early ballots.

 | Shira Tarlo

A sign directing seniors or people with disabilities to a curbside voting station in Washington, D.C.

This Is What It's Like To Vote With A Disability During The Pandemic

For many Americans with disabilities, voting has been a longtime challenge. With the pandemic, it's an entirely new beast.

 | Shira Tarlo

A poll watcher watches as voters sign in at a polling site in Tennessee.

Election Day Concerns Raised About President's Call for Poll Watchers

President Trump has urged his supporters to monitor polling sites this November, worrying some election officials about voter intimidation and chaos.

 | Shira Tarlo

Moderator Chris Wallace during the 2016 presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Why Chris Wallace Likely Won't Fact-Check Trump-Biden Debate

Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist known for tough questions, will host the first Trump-Biden debate — but don't expect fact-checks.

 | Shira Tarlo

People wait to vote in Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern in Atlanta, GA

President Trump Unveils 'Platinum' Plan Focused On Getting Black Votes

Plan pledges to create 500,000 new Black-owned businesses and make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

 | LeeAnne Lowry

Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump, right.

2020 Election Shaping Up To Be The Most Litigated In U.S. History

The 2000 presidential election was decided by the Supreme Court — and this year's election meltdown could be much worse.

 | Shira Tarlo

Federal Judge Barbara Lagoa

Federal Judge Barbara Lagoa On Short List For Supreme Court Nomination

Lagoa spent roughly a decade as a judge in Florida's court of appeals before Governor Ron DeSantis appointed her to the Florida Supreme Court.

 | Meg Hilling

Donald Trump exits Air Force One Monday

President Trump Interviews Judge Amy Coney Barrett For Supreme Court

President Trump continued to discuss the Supreme Court at a rally in Ohio Monday night, again vowing to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 | Bailey Vogt

Supreme Court on Capitol Hill

Democrats Continue Criticisms Of Republicans' Supreme Court Push

Fifty-one votes are needed to confirm a new justice.

 | Bailey Vogt

President Trump addresses reporters in Minnesota

President Vows To Name A Successor To Ginsburg This Week

During a North Carolina campaign rally, the president said he would nominate a woman to succeed Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 | Bailey Vogt

People gather at the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Who's On President Trump's List To Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Congress and the White House are already drawing battle lines over the new Supreme Court vacancy.

 | Kellan Howell

Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb.

Postal Service To Scrap Confusing Colorado Mail-In Voting Postcard

The U.S. Postal Service tried to make things easier for voters, but the message wasn't well-received.

 | Alex Arger

Voters line up outside of the Minneapolis early voting center

Early In-Person Voting Starts In 4 States

Some voters in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming headed to the polls Friday.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb.

Postcards About Mail-In Voting Create Confusion

The U.S. Postal Service tried to make things easier for voters, but the message hasn't exactly been well-received.

 | Nathan Byrne

President Donald Trump arrives to speak on the environment at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

President Trump Expands Offshore Drilling Ban

The move marks an appeal specifically to voters in the battleground state of Florida.

 | Kellan Howell

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, left, talks with Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.

Employees At DeJoy's Former Company Claim Political Reimbursements

DeJoy has been a major donor to Republican political candidates, including President Donald Trump. He took over the U.S. Postal Service in June.

 | Nathan Byrne

Education Takes Higher Profile In 2020 Election

Historically, education has been a big issue for voters. But it hasn't always gotten much attention during presidential campaigns.

 | Amy Morona

A voter is handed an "I Voted" sticker after casting her ballot at a multi-purpose voting center.

Young People Energized To Vote By Mail, But Many Don't Know How

A recent report found Gen-Zers and Millennials are energized to vote by mail this fall, but more than half lack the resources to do so.

 | Shira Tarlo

The United States Postal Service main post office and distribution facility at 715 NW Hoyt Street in Portland, Oregon.

Postal Service Watchdog Audit Finds 1M Primary Ballots Mailed Late

The audit flagged multiple concerns around mailing ballots.

 | Austin Kim

President Trump speaks at the Republican National Committee convention on Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte.

GOP, Democratic Conventions Show A Country Bitterly Divided By Culture

Speakers at the Republican National Convention warned of socialism and anarchy under Democrats.

 | Shira Tarlo

Biden's Immigration Platform Is Ambitious. Is It Realistic?

Joe Biden has promised to quickly roll back President Trump's travel bans and asylum restrictions and advance his own bold immigration platform.

 | Ben Schamisso

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Will Likely Be An Important Issue For 2020 Voters

There isn't a vacancy on the court right now, but it's possible a new justice will be named during the next presidential term.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Ohio ballot drop box.

States Are Learning From Vote-By-Mail Issues During 2020 Primaries

With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, some states are improving ballot tracking and communication with voters for the November general election.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Black Lives Matter sign among protesters

Expert Says Racial Injustice Will Be Key 2020 Topic

Racial injustice will likely be a major 2020 issue, but one expert points out differences in how President Trump and Joe Biden talk about the topic.

 | Willie James Inman

"Now Hiring" sign

Economy Unexpectedly Adds 2.5 Million Jobs In May

Most economists were expecting to see 7.5 million jobs lost.

 | Bianca Facchinei and Steve Turnham

Incomplete ballots in bin

Trump Denounces Mail-In Voting As Pandemic Threatens Nov. Election

President Trump criticized Michigan's secretary of state for mailing out absentee ballot applications. She tells Newsy it's a partisan attack.

 | Sasha Ingber

Protesters in Lansing, Michigan

Partisan Politics Dominate Shutdowns In Key Swing States

As lockdown measures press on, partisan cracks are forming in key battleground states that are crucial to the November elections.

 | Nathaniel Reed