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Facts About Election Night 2020: How To Deal With With Election Anxiety, Catastrophic Thoughts & Misinformation With Probability

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Fact: More registered democrats received absentee ballots than republicans this year due to COVID-19 precautions. Counting the votes will take longer than usual.


What this means: In some states, absentee ballots will not be counted until election day. It’s probable that there will not be a clear winner on November 3rd, unless it is a landslide decision.

Fact: The USA does not require the immediate reporting of all election results in the country the night of November 3rd.

What this means: President Donald Trump will most likely attempt to declare himself the winner election night if he even has a slight margin over Vice president Biden. In his own words:

“It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November third, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate and I don’t believe that that’s by our laws.” — Donald Trump’s remarks to reporters on Oct 27, 2020

The president is wrong— it is not a law that the elections results need to be reported on November third.

Fact: Many states continue to receive and count mail-in ballots for several days after election day as long as those ballots were postmarked on or prior to Nov. 3.

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Fact: According to federal law, each state will have until Dec. 8 this year to resolve any “controversy or contest”

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Fact: The newly elected 117th Congress will be sworn in on Jan. 3, 2021. Three days later, it is supposed to assemble in joint session to formally open the electors’ ballots, count them and declare a winner. Only then is the president officially “elected.”

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Fact:  Elections are never quite as simple or straightforward as they appear on television. We’ve been conditioned to expect straight-forward results the night of.r

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Statistic: In the 2020 electorate, around 1/3 of registered voters in the U.S. (34%) identify as independents, while 33% identify as Democrats and 29% identify as Republicans

Statistic: The racial make up of the 2020 electorate is: Non-Hispanic, White Americans —69% . Hispanic — 11%. Black — 11%. Those from other racial or ethnic backgrounds account for the remainder—8%.

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