The United States presidential election is today.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Americans voting in record numbers in elections
Millions of Americans had already voted, often by mail, by the time millions more stood in line Tuesday to decide who should be their country’s next president, still seen as a duty by many, despite a spreading pandemic that has already killed more than 230,000 of their fellow citizens.
Data from the United States Elections Project predicts a record 150 million ballots will be cast in the presidential race, representing 65% of eligible voters.
Tuesday morning on Fox News, U.S. President Donald Trump predicted a bigger win than four years ago when he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, but won in the deciding Electoral College 306-232.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who has maintained a lead in the polls nationally for months, made one last pitch in the battleground state of Pennsylvania Tuesday, where a win and its 20 electoral votes would severely limit Trump’s path to reelection.
In Philadelphia, Jamal Walker, 58, told The Washington Post that he could not forgive Trump for the way he has handled the coronavirus pandemic.
Walker and his wife caught covid-19 in April. He said he missed 21 days of work because of the illness.
I’m afraid for our country,” he said. “It feels like we’re from a Third World country.”
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence planned to watch returns Tuesday night at the White House, while Biden and his running mate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, will gather in Wilmington, Delaware.
a. Presidential election results 2020 – CNN
2. Democrats have chance to take control of Senate and House
Democrats need a net gain of three seats if Joe Biden wins the White House and four if he doesn’t to take control of the U.S. Senate.
Both U.S. Senate seats representing Georgia are being contested and there could be run-offs after the November 3rd vote in other states. So it could be days before final results are in.
In the House, the Democrats are expected to expand their 35-seat majority.
A Democratic sweep of the presidency, the Senate and the House is very possible. But it might be a while before anyone knows whether it happens.
a. What Congress would do in 2021 if Democrats sweep in November – Yahoo Finance
3. Few security problems, other issues reported during the voting
Election officials and voting rights activists reported few early problems at the polls in battleground states, CNN reported.
In Michigan, voting was going “smoothly” on Tuesday, Jake Rollow, a spokesman for the secretary of state, told the network.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, officials also reported no problems at polling places or at the city’s absentee ballot counting center.
“No news is good news,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters. “We’re off to a great start.”
In Florida, Secretary of State Laurel Lee said that no voting security issues had been reported in the state.
But in a sign of legal battles likely to come in the days ahead, just as the polls opened Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Republicans filed a federal lawsuit that took aim at how election officials in Democratic-leaning Montgomery County handled absentee ballots that arrived before Election Day.
a. Tight Election Day races could lead to legal battles – 10 News
4. Oregon, Washington, D.C. vote on magic mushrooms
Voters in Oregon and Washington, D.C, might add a new high of sorts to some residents’ lives.
In America’s capital, voters are deciding on a measure that calls on the district’s attorney general to make prosecution of those who use and sell substances that contain psilocybin “among the Metropolitan Police Department’s lowest law enforcement priorities.”
Oregon’s Measure 109 would create a legal, regulated system allowing people to take products such as mushrooms that contain psilocybin under the supervision of trained therapists.
Advocates say mushrooms could provide an alternative treatment for opiate addiction and mental health troubles.
Oregon was the first U.S. state to decriminalize cannabis nearly 50 years ago.
“I just see this as a logical evolution of what we’ve tried to do here in Oregon, to be a little more thoughtful, have a broader and more inclusive conversation, that we’re committed to research and learning together. And I think this ballot measure does precisely that,” says Earl Blumenauer, who represents parts of the Portland area in the U.S. House of Representatives.
5. Millions of robocalls were aimed at deterring voters
Millions of robocalls and text messages on Election Day and in the days before warning voters to “stay safe and stay home” have caused alarm across the United States.
The Washington Post reported that state election officials tried to reassure voters in response. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer pledged on Tuesday to “work quickly to stamp out misinformation.” The FBI opened an investigation into the matter, a Trump administration official told the newspaper.
Data prepared for The Washington Post by YouMail shows that the calls reached 280 of the country’s 317 area codes since the summer.
“If you wanted to cause havoc in America for the elections, one way to do it is clearly robocalling,” Alex Quilici, YouMail’s chief executive, told The Post. “This whole thing is exposing [that] it can be very difficult to react quickly to a large calling volume campaign.”
A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that the FBI is investigating the robocalls, operating through its “normal criminal process.”
The Associated Press reported about 30,000 recipients of what a U.S. judge described as “electoral terror” robocalls designed to scare people from voting in four states had received new court-ordered calls on October 30 saying the earlier call had false information that intimidated voters.
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