While many states can begin processing and even counting absentee and mail-in ballots before Election Day, the crucial battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin cannot because state laws prevent election officials from doing so. These states received unprecedented numbers of mail-in votes this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is largely why no news organization was able to project a winner in those states for the presidential election on Election Day.Visit NPR to learn more. 

While Democrats are expected to win a majority of the Latino vote this year, many Latino men are supporting President Trump, which could make the difference in swing states like Arizona and Florida. The Trump administration’s record and messaging on pre-COVID unemployment for Latinos, law and order, religion, and abortion appeals to many Latino men. Latino support for the Republican Party is not new, it is the result of decades of Republican efforts to court Latino voters dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.Visit

California’s Secretary of State and Attorney General issued a cease-and-desist order to the state Republican Party, which has been setting up unofficial (and often insecure) ballot collection boxes across the state. The California Republican Party defended their actions by arguing that they are simply giving voters “an opportunity for their friends, family and patrons to drop off their ballot with someone they know and trust.” The Secretary of State responded by reminding Californians that, regardless of intent, unauthorized collection boxes are illegal.Visit the NPR