Election 2020 - 2020

The Clock is Ticking Down

The primaries have all wound down, the conventions are over and the candidates are all set. Election 2020 is now in its final and most toxic phase. Voter registration deadlines are approaching, some states will have early voting, while many allow absentee ballots and mail-in votes. In this age of distancing and masking, in-person voting will be available but a bit tougher as the process may be a bit slower. The important thing is for people to participate and cast their votes. A little planning, preparation and patience can make this process smoother.

A wonderful, non-partisan voter resource is Ballotpedia.org. You can look up your state and pretty much everything you need to know, the candidates, relevant dates, websites, and other voter info. Another one is Vote.gov, where you can find easy information on registering to vote. We have also compiled relevant dates and websites for the readership in our coverage area in the section on the right.

Notable Dates:

September 29: First presidential debate, Notre Dame, IN. (University of Notre Dame)
October 7: Vice presidential debate, Salt Lake City, UT (University of Utah)
October 15: Second presidential debate, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, FL
October 22: Third presidential debate, Nashville, TN (Belmont University)
November 3: Election Day

North Carolina (www.ncsbe.gov):

October 9: Regular voter registration deadline
October 15 - 31: Early voting period
October 27: Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail

South Carolina (scvotes.gov):

October 4: deadline to register to vote
October 30: deadline to apply for absentee by mail ballot

Georgia (sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections):

October 5: voter registration deadline
October 12: Early voting starts

Virginia (www.elections.virginia.gov):

September 20: Early voting starts
October 20: voter registration deadline
November 3: Absentee/mail voting deadline

Just the Facts, Please

A lot of misinformation and disinformation is an unfortunate part and parcel of elections. That's how the dirty game of politics is played. This year is no different. Hear something that sounds outlandish? Something clearly meant to evoke an emotional response but sounds false? Check the reliable fact-checking sites below, which keep tabs on the truthfulness of these commercials as well as other claims made by politicians.

Fact check sites:

www.politifact.com
www.factcheck.org
www.snopes.com
www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker