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How Mail-in Ballots Might Affect Election Night

, Kendall Science Fellow

More people than ever before in the United States are expected to vote by mail-in ballot this election—an estimated 100 million. Mail-in voting is a proven practice, safe and secure. Several states have conducted their elections by mail as a matter of course for years and have experienced smooth elections with virtually no instances of fraud. The election could hinge on those mail-in votes and we may not know the outcomes in those states for days or even weeks. So, with that in mind, here are four possible scenarios of how election night could play out.  Read more >

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Voting, Ballot Rejection, and Electoral Integrity in the 2020 Election

, Kendall Science Fellow

For a variety of reasons, ballots can be or rejected or “spoiled” if they are not filled out correctly or if verification protocols are not followed. This year, there is a great deal of concern over the surge of mail ballots that have been requested as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are observing key counties in the United States  as the election unfolds, as reported in a previous analysis. Read more >

Cindy Shebley
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Lost Voters: Voter Turnout, Suppression and Mobilization in Key 2020 Election Counties

, Kendall Science Fellow

Enthusiasm for the November election may be at a record high, which is normally good news for a democracy. Unfortunately, even if there were not a global pandemic to contend with, voters still face barriers across states that have refused to modernize their election rules.

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Marion S. Trikosko
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Three Tips for Getting Political Candidates on the Record About Science

, Research Analyst

One of the most devastating lessons we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that when science is sidelined by the government, people pay for it with their lives. As we approach 200,000 people dead due to the novel coronavirus in the US, along with millions of sick and hospitalized, it is the responsibility of all of us to encourage our government representatives to restore the role of science in policymaking during the pandemic and beyond.

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A Call to Action on the Voting Rights Act

, Kendall Science Fellow

The times call for a Third Reconstruction. Read more >

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