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People wait to cast their ballot on the first day of early voting at an advance polling location Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

EXPLAINER: US vote is 51 elections, one in each state and DC

Oct. 31, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

A major misconception about the vote for U.S. president is that it is a national election. It’s not. Instead, it consists of 51 elections — one in each state and in the District of Columbia. And that’s more than a technical difference. The states conduct all elections and decide who is...

A New Jersey mail-in ballot is seen in Englewood, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

EXPLAINER: Pandemic to factor into inauguration planning

Oct. 31, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every four years at the stroke of noon on Jan. 20, the president-elect or the reelected president of the United States takes the oath of office for a four-year term. The inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol also includes a luncheon. There's also a parade, followed by the president and...

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EXPLAINER: They lost the popular vote but won the elections

Oct. 31, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

Five times in U.S. history, candidates have lost the popular vote but won the presidency — most recently in 2016. Could Donald Trump be the first to do it twice? A look at an American political anomaly: —1824: Andrew Jackson won pluralities of both the popular vote and the Electoral College, but not...

A woman casts her ballot on the first day of early voting in a recently-shuttered store at Oak Park Mall Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

EXPLAINER: What's 270? The math game behind the US election

Oct. 31, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s all this hubbub about 270? It’s not about the 270 whales stranded this fall on Australia’s island state of Tasmania. It’s not about congestion on Interstate 270 feeding commuters into Washington, D.C. It’s about who’s going to sit in the...

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EXPLAINER: A long night, or more, before president is known

Oct. 31, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a good chance Americans won’t know the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election when they go to bed that night. The main reason? Many states have made it easier to request a mail ballot amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about crowded polling places....

A voter deposits his advance ballot in a dropbox Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Mission, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

EXPLAINER: For election winner, much transition work ahead

Oct. 31, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No matter who wins on Tuesday, Republican President Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden each will have their work cut out for them during the weeks between the presidential election and the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20, 2021. That period is known as the “transition," and this...

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EXPLAINER: From 1800, a lesson in delayed election results

Oct. 31, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

The tempestuous election of 2020 has been rife with predictions of confusion and cataclysm, with warnings that a contested battle could last well into December. It has happened before. Take 1800, for example. The two parties were in bitter opposition. The Federalists nominated John Adams for a second term; the...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and former President Barack Obama greet each other at a rally at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama: Trump failed to take pandemic, presidency seriously

Oct. 31, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Calling Joe Biden his “brother,” Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously as Democrats leaned on America's first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan on the final...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Vote will show Georgia as swing state or extend GOP control

Oct. 31, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The most competitive election cycle in decades could confirm Georgia as a swing state or leave Republicans still in control. After weeks of early balloting, voters on Tuesday will finish deciding whether the state awards its electoral votes to Democrat Joe Biden or again supports President...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his granddaughters Maisy Biden, right, and Natalie Biden, center, arrives at Flint Bishop International Airport in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, for a rally with former President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Obama blasts Trump as egotistical, incompetent

Oct. 31, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump as egotistical and incompetent during a campaign event in Flint, Michigan. The former president spoke Saturday at a drive-in rally at his first joint campaign event with Joe...