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Is This Normal? A Review of the 2020 Election

America is still waiting for every vote to be counted, but how did the voting process actually go in this election? Did the pandemic hinder or help people’s access to the ballot? And how will the way we voted this year (and the challenges that some voters faced) affect the ultimate outcome?

Join reporters and experts from ProPublica’s Electionland for answers to these questions and more in a live digital event.

Leaders from the project will share the trends they observed — from problems with the U.S. Postal Service, to voter intimidation at the polls, to rejected ballots — and explain which parts of this are new and which parts are pretty normal. Panelists will also explain:

  • How the process of counting absentee ballots works exactly
  • Why we should not be distracted by attempts to intimidate voters
  • What this election will actually come down to
  • Why, despite everything, voting in 2020 was smoother than in previous years

On Election Day and throughout the early voting period, Electionland monitored voting by leveraging data, technology and hundreds of coordinated journalists across the country, giving ProPublica and partners a uniquely comprehensive picture of how America voted.

Trey Grayson, former Kentucky secretary of state and attorney; Jessica Huseman, ProPublica reporter; Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Voting Rights Project co-director; and Tammy Patrick, Democracy Fund senior adviser of elections, will also answer your questions in a conversation moderated by Electionland’s partner manager, Rachel Glickhouse. To submit a question in advance, please email [email protected].

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