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Pistols, a Hearse and Trucks Playing Chicken: Why Some Voters Felt Harassed and Intimidated at the Polls

A Trump supporter on Election Day near a Salt Lake City polling place. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Across the country, people complained about threats, aggressive electioneering and racist language both at early voting locations and on Election Day. We’ve corroborated some of those accounts.

The Unexpected Benefits of Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Polling

An illustration of people in red and blue clothing voting. The composition is fractured into five sections.
Brian Scagnelli, special to ProPublica

The most important thing journalists can do as they think about covering and investigating government and politics in election years is to not assume any outcome.

Una clave que podría decidir la elección: si el Partido Republicano logra impedir que los votantes subsanen boletas rechazadas

Brian Scagnelli, especial para ProPublica

Muchos estados permiten a los votantes corregir y entregar de nuevo las boletas que fueron rechazadas por razones técnicas. Se llama “subsanar” votos, y el partido Republicano está intentado impedir que se cuenten porque podrían ayudar a Biden a ganar.

Tras una jornada electoral frenética, comienzan las acusaciones en el Servicio Postal

Carson McNamera, special to ProPublica

El martes fue una “locura” en las propias palabras de una gerente de USPS. Ahora la agencia se enfrenta a preguntas sobre si hizo lo que debía para que se entregaran y contaran las boletas por correo.

Esto es lo que pasará si Trump intenta lograr una victoria electoral mediante demandas

El presidente Donald Trump declaró victoria con un discurso a las 2 a. m. del miércoles, diciendo que llevaría el resultado de las elecciones hasta la Corte Suprema. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via Redux)

Es bastante fácil para la campaña de Trump demandar por irregularidades, pero es mucho más difícil presentar pruebas de irregularidades o un argumento jurídico convincente. Esto es lo que debe saber conforme comienzan a acumularse los litigios relacionados con las elecciones.

For the Postal Service, a Frantic Election Day Turns to Finger-Pointing the Day After

Carson McNamera, special to ProPublica

Tuesday was “nuts” in the words of one USPS manager. Now the agency faces questions about whether it did what it should have to get mailed ballots delivered and counted.

Whether the GOP Can Stop Voters From Legally Fixing Rejected Mail-In Ballots Could Decide the Election

Brian Scagnelli, special to ProPublica

Many states allow voters to fix and resubmit ballots rejected for technical reasons. It’s called “curing” votes, and the GOP is trying to prevent them from being counted because they could help Biden win.

If Trump Tries to Sue His Way to Election Victory, Here’s What Happens

President Donald Trump declared victory in a 2 a.m. speech on Wednesday, saying he would take the election result to the Supreme Court. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via Redux)

It’s easy enough for the Trump campaign to file a lawsuit claiming improprieties, but a lot harder to provide evidence of wrongdoing or a convincing legal argument. Here’s what you need to know as the election lawsuits start to mount.

Al menos 800,000 residentes de estados clave recibieron robocalls pidiéndoles que se “quedaran en casa” el día de las elecciones. El FBI está investigando.

Una mano sostiene un smartphone sobre un fondo de círculos rojos, azules y violetas.
Lisa Larson-Walker y Shoshana Gordon/ProPublica; imagen: Future Publishing/Getty Images

Una empresa que rastrea las llamadas automatizadas, conocidas en inglés como *robocalls*, dijo que se hicieron más de tres millones de llamadas el 3 de noviembre que contenían un mensaje críptico, instando a la gente a “permanecer seguros y quedarse en casa". Las tácticas se suman a otras que buscan confundir a los votantes en este ciclo electoral.

Anxious For Future, Voters Brave Potential Threats, Long Waits

The Citizen’s Guide to Election Night

Robocalls Told at Least 800,000 Swing State Residents to “Stay Home” on Election Day. The FBI Is Investigating.

A hand holds a smartphone over a background of red, blue and violet circles.
Lisa Larson-Walker and Shoshana Gordon/ProPublica; source image: Future Publishing/Getty Images

A firm that tracks robocalls said more than 3 million calls were made on Nov. 3, which contained a cryptic message instructing people to “stay safe and stay home.” The tactics join other efforts to confuse voters this election cycle.

Guía de ProPublica sobre las leyes y demandas electorales de 2020

Red white and blue prop ballot boxes in front of a Supreme Court building bathed in crepuscular light.
Imitaciones de urnas electorales frente a la Corte Suprema el 26 de octubre. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images)

Independientemente de quién gane la presidencia, las batallas en los tribunales parecen inevitables. A continuación, ofrecemos un panorama general de los estados y las leyes que pueden determinar el resultado.

Election Officials Warn of Misleading Robocalls Being Placed to Voters

Electionland de ProPublica: El estado del Día de las Elecciones de 2020

Los electores emiten sus votos en la antigua Escuela Stone, usada como centro de votación, en Hillsboro, Virginia, el 3 de noviembre de 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

En una elección histórica marcada por una pandemia, el voto por correo y la desinformación, los funcionarios electorales se esfuerzan por adaptarse. Esto es lo que los reporteros nacionales de ProPublica están viendo en todo el país. El artículo será actualizado a lo largo del día

ProPublica’s Electionland: The State of Election Day 2020

Voters cast their ballots at the Old Stone School on Election Day in Hillsboro, Virginia. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

In a historic election shaped by a pandemic, mail-in voting and misinformation, election officials are scrambling to adapt. Here’s what ProPublica’s national reporters are seeing across the country. This post will be updated throughout the day.

ProPublica’s Guide to 2020 Election Laws and Lawsuits

Red white and blue prop ballot boxes in front of a Supreme Court building bathed in crepuscular light.
Prop ballot boxes outside the Supreme Court on Oct. 26. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Regardless of who wins the presidency, courtroom battles seem almost certain. Here’s a layperson’s look at the states and laws that may determine the outcome.

Misinformation Image on WeChat Attempts to Frighten Chinese Americans Out of Voting

Photo collage of misinformation about the National Guard disseminated over WeChat.
Photo illustration: Lisa Larson-Walker/ProPublica; Source Image: Rose Pak Democratic Club

Chat groups on the Chinese-owned app are echoing right-wing extremists and spreading “categorically false” claims that the U.S. is mobilizing troops to quell riots.

More Than 91 Million Ballots Cast As of Saturday, As Hopes and Tensions Magnify Ahead of Election Day

La importancia del caso Bush vs. Gore en la elección de 2020

Manifestantes frente a la Corte Suprema en la víspera de la decisión del caso Bush vs. Gore en diciembre de 2000. (David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

La decisión de la Corte Suprema que otorgó la elección de 2000 a George W. Bush no se considera en general un precedente, pero desde entonces ha sido citada en cientos de casos federales y estatales. Y también podría influir en las elecciones de este año.

About Electionland

ProPublica’s Electionland project covers problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the 2020 elections. Our coalition of newsrooms around the country are investigating issues related to voter registration, pandemic-related changes to voting, the shift to vote-by-mail, cybersecurity, voter education, misinformation, and more.

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