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Politics There are 8 days until Election Day. Here's what you need to know

16:55  26 october  2020
16:55  26 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

How battleground states process mail ballots -- and why it may mean delayed results

  How battleground states process mail ballots -- and why it may mean delayed results More Americans are voting by mail this election than usual, due to the pandemic. But processing those ballots takes more time. Here's how it works in battleground states. Because of the pandemic, more voters are opting to cast their ballots by mail this year. While the expanded access and increased use of mail-in voting is good for voters, it does create hardships for already strained election officials in many states, including key battlegrounds.

We're in the homestretch of the 2020 presidential election. There are eight days left. Are you ready?

Early voting begins for registered voters in Maryland. For prospective voters in Colorado, Montana and Washington though, today is the last day to register to vote. Not sure if you're registered to vote? Check your status at vote.usatoday.com. It takes less than two minutes.

Meanwhile, in competitive Senate races, an average 43% of the large-dollar donors to Democratic candidates are women compared to 28% of donors to Republicans, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Women are also setting a record for the total amount of money they're contributing to all congressional candidates, according to the center.

9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered

  9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered How many people have already voted? And what does that tell us about the election?The early vote in 2020 has already far surpassed the total early vote in 2016. The early vote surge indicates turnout in 2020 could be the highest in a century, at around 65 percent of the voting-eligible population, or about 150 million voters.

Voting center Sept. 29, 2020, in Philadelphia. © Matt Slocum, AP Voting center Sept. 29, 2020, in Philadelphia.

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On the campaign trail

President Donald Trump will make three campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Monday as his campaign tries to chip away at former Vice President Joe Biden's polling lead in the Keystone State.

Trump narrowly won Pennsylvania in 2016, but both national poll and swing state surveys make it clear the race is tight.

Trump gained on Biden in national polling averages, and in nine of 12 contested states. But Biden still holds a sizable lead in the national polls and is still ahead of Trump in 10 of the 12 states that could decide the election.

Voting updates

USA TODAY is keeping track of what's happening as voters around the country cast ballots:

Survey: Nearly 2 out of 3 voters will cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, not on Election Day

  Survey: Nearly 2 out of 3 voters will cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, not on Election Day The survey showed a significant partisan divide, too. Those supporting Biden are more likely to say they plan to vote by mail than those who support Trump.When combining those who are voting by mail (42%) and those who voting early in-person (26%), nearly 2 in 3 voters will be casting their ballot ahead of Election Day, according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project.

  • Michigan is an open-carry state that has moved to ban voters from bringing firearms into polling sites, but New Hampshire won't attempt to keep armed voters away.
  • A fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what Massachusetts election officials said appears to have been a "deliberate attack," now under investigation by the FBI.
  • As they consider which candidate might best protect them from coronavirus, many Native Americans find irregular mail service, spotty internet access and the remote location of reservations difficulties to having their voices heard.

What else you need to know:

  • Election week? Maybe not: Arizona, Florida and others could give an early indication of who is winning
  • The Electoral College can pick a president who got fewer votes. Here's why and how
  • More than 54 million people have already voted. Here's how that compares with past elections

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