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Panchkula woman with disability crawls up to booth at polling station


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Panchkula, December 27

A woman with disabilities was forced to crawl up to the voting machine at a polling station in Panchkula because of lack of adequate facilities for the differently-abled, eyewitnesses said

The woman, Savitri, was seen crawling inside a polling station at Government Model Primary School in Panchkula’s Sector 17 during Sunday’s local body elections.

The specifics of this particular case are still unknown. This story will be updated when there are more details.

Panchkula was one of seven municipal bodies that were holding elections on Sunday.

The polling will end at 5.30 pm for the seats of the mayor and members of the wards of the municipal corporations of Ambala, Panchkula and Sonepat, and president and members of the municipal council of Rewari and the municipal committees of Sampla (Rohtak), Dharuhera (Rewari) and Uklana (Hisar).

Woman forced to crawl up to a polling booth at Government Model Primary School at Sector 17 in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar





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Polling begins for 8th phase of DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir


Srinagar, December 19

Polling for the eighth and final phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir began amid freezing weather conditions on Saturday, officials said.

Voting is being held in 28 constituencies.

Against the 13 DDC constituencies of Kashmir division going to polls, there are 83 candidates in fray, including 31 women.

In Jammu division, there are 85 candidates in fray for the 15 DDC constituencies in this phase, including 15 women.

“Over 6.3 lakh electors, including 3,03,275 women voters, are going to elect their representatives in the 28 DDC constituencies,” the officials said.

There are 1,703 polling stations, 1,028 in Kashmir division and 675 in Jammu division, they added.

Voting is also being held for 369 vacant panch and sarpanch posts. PTI  





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Bihar polls: At 57.58%, third phase turnout exceeds polling in first 2 rounds


Patna, November 7

The voter turnout in the third and final phase of Bihar elections was recorded at 57.58 per cent on Saturday, more than the polling percentage witnessed in the previous two rounds, according to Election Commission data.

The provisional turnout in the third phase of polling on 78 seats spread in 15 districts is 57.58 per cent, according to poll panel data updated till 8 pm.

The polling percentage will go up as more inputs from the constituencies come.

According to Election Commission figures, the final voter turnout in the first phase of polling held on October 28 was 55.68 per cent, while it was 55.70 per cent in the second phase of polls held on November 3.

In the first phase, 71 seats spread across 16 districts went to poll, while in the second, voters in 94 seats of 17 districts exercised their franchise on November 3.

With the voting concluding for all the 243 seats, the focus now shifts to November 10 counting of votes which will give Bihar a new government.

Casting of votes began at 7 am at all 33,782 polling stations where as many EVM sets and VVPAT machines were installed and paramilitary forces deployed to maintain order, officials said. 

While the polling was peaceful, police had to open fire in the air in Purnia to disburse a crowd trying to disturb voting, even as people boycotted voting at 12 booths in Katihar in protest against barriers not being set up at two railway crossings.

In Araria, RJD candidate from Jokihat seat, Sarfaraz Alam, turned up for voting with a party badge pinned in his shirt which may invite charges of violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Araria District Magistrate Prashant Kumar said the matter had come to his knowledge and lawful action would be initiated in the candidate.

Alam is the elder son of former Union Minister Mohammad Taslimuddin and is pitted against younger brother Mohammad Sahnawaz, who is in the fray from Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM party.

In Purnia, the police had to fire in air to chase away people trying to disturb voting outside a booth under Dhamdaha Assembly segment.

 Voting is being held simultaneously in the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat, where a by-poll has been necessitated due to the death of JD(U) MP Baidyanath Mahto.

In Madhepura district’s Bihariganj, veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav’s daughter Subhashini Yadav made her poll debut.

Subhashini stood in a queue to cast her vote at a polling booth in Madhepura.

After casting her vote, the 30-year-old said her father, who represented Madhepura multiple times in Lok Sabha, had worked honestly for development of the constituency and that is why he was respected by people of all religions and castes.

Plurals Party president Pushpam Priya Choudhary, who is also her party’s chief ministerial candidate, cast her vote with her mother in a booth at Darbhanga.

Speaker of the outgoing Assembly Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and about one dozen ministers of the Nitish Kumar cabinet are in fray in this round of voting.

Minister Suresh Sharma cast his vote in Muzaffarpur.

The coronavirus pandemic failed to dampen the voters’ enthusiasm as several elderly and differently-abled electors, some assisted by their kin, some by security personnel and some others by volunteers, came out to vote in large numbers.

The Election Commission has set up multiple model polling centres. A polling station in Saharsa has been beautifully decorated. The poll panel has also set up selfie points for people to click themselves after casting their votes.

Some wheelchair-bound voters were also facilitated to cast the ballot.

However, COVID-19 guidelines were being violated at several polling booths

A PTI reporter found violations of coronavirus guidelines at many polling booths he visited in Samastipur with people not wearing masks and flouting distancing norms.

Meanwhile, people at 12 booths under Kusail panchayat in Kadwa Assembly constituency of Katihar are boycotting the polls in protest against barriers not being installed in nearby Minapur and Jhaua railway crossings.

 Block Development Officer Mohammad Iftar and other senior officials reached the area to persuade people to vote.

The first phase of voting for the 243-strong Assembly took place on October 28 and the second phase on November 3. PTI





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Man accused of assaulting Cape Cod voter, 69, holding a Trump sign at polling station


Man, 32, is accused of assaulting Cape Cod voter, 69, who was holding a ‘Trump 2020’ sign at polling station on Election Day

  • Bladen Tisdell was charged with assault and battery on a person over 60 years old, and disorderly conduct
  • Tisdell, of Massachusetts, is accused of attacking a 69-year-old Trump supporter outside a polling place in Osterville on Election Day
  • Victim told police Tisdell began yelling at him from his truck, snatching his pro-Trump sign from his hands, shook him and pushed him backward  

Bladen Tisdell, 32, has been charged with assault and battery on a person over 60 years old, and disorderly conduct involving a 69-year-old Trump supporter 

A 32-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested on Election Day for allegedly assaulting a voter more than twice his age who was holding a pro-President Donald Trump sign outside a polling station.

Bladen Tisdell, of Cotuit, was charged with assault and battery on a person over 60 years old, and disorderly conduct.

According to police, officers were called to the Precinct 5 polling place at the Osterville Fire Station at around 2pm for a report of a fight, reported Cape Cod Times.

By the time they arrived, the alleged assailant had driven away in a pickup truck, but police interviewed the victim, who was identified only as a 69-year-old resident on Barnstable.

The man told them that he was outside the polling place holding a ‘Trump 2020’ campaign sign when a bearded stranger, later identified as Tisdell, began yelling at him from his truck.

Tisdell allegedly attacked the elderly man holding a 'Trump 2020' sign outside the Precinct 5 polling place at the Osterville Fire Station in Massachusetts on Election Day

Tisdell allegedly attacked the elderly man holding a ‘Trump 2020’ sign outside the Precinct 5 polling place at the Osterville Fire Station in Massachusetts on Election Day 

Tisdell was later arrested at a market after the victim identified him to the police as his attacker

Tisdell was later arrested at a market after the victim identified him to the police as his attacker

The victim said Tisdell then emerged from his vehicle, grabbed his sign and hurled it on the ground.

The confrontation took an even more violent turn when Tisdell allegedly grabbed the senior citizen and shook him before shoving him backward.

The Trump supporter was not injured and refused medical attention.

Two witnesses, including the victim’s wife, confirmed the details of the scuffle to the police.

Officers eventually tracked down Tisdell’s black pickup track to Fancy’s Market in Osterville and detained him.

The 32-year-old was placed under arrest after the victim was brought to the market and identified him to the police as his attacker.

Tisdell was released from jail on his own recognizance pending his arraignment on that was scheduled for Wednesday. 



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Fears of suppression and violence at polling stations fail to materialize on day of historic turnout


Voters across the United States on Tuesday braved worries about getting sick, threats of polling place intimidation and expectations of long lines caused by changes to voting procedures to cast their ballot. 

The U.S. was on pace to exceed the 2016 presidential vote, driven largely by the nearly 102 million ballots cast ahead of Election Day, part of an early-voting push prompted by the pandemic. 

Minor problems occur every election, and Tuesday was no different. Machines jammed in Iowa due to sanitizer on voters’ hands; a voting tent collapsed in New Hampshire and in Ohio a woman crashed into a polling station.  

But there were no signs of large-scale voter intimidation or clashes at the polls as some had feared given the level of political rancor this year.

‘I would say it is blissfully uneventful,’ Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told reporters. ‘We’ve had virtually no disturbances of any kind.’  

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told USA Today reports of alleged intimidation were ‘very isolated and sporadic’. 

She said: ‘Fortunately this hasn’t been a systematic or widespread issue. We certainly were prepared for this being a bigger problem than it proved to be today.’

Houston, Texas: Biden supporters face off a Trump supporter outside of a polling site Tuesday

Iowa: People in line for early voting at the Polk County Auditor's Office in Des Moines

Iowa: People in line for early voting at the Polk County Auditor’s Office in Des Moines

There were long lines and sporadic reports of polling places opening late, along with equipment issues in counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and Georgia. There were also reports of efforts to discourage people from voting that surfaced in robocalls across a number of states. The FBI was investigating.   

An armed man was arrested at a polling station in North Carolina after he was reported to have been intimidating voters. 

And in New York City police were forced to break up an ugly clash between voters outside a Brooklyn polling station. 

In Ohio, where the woman crashed into a polling station in the Tipp City area, voting was temporarily interrupted. The driver was medically evaluated before casting her vote. 

Images from Houston, Texas, show rival voters facing off outside a polling station there. 

In Philadelphia footage appeared to show a man claiming to be a Trump ‘poll watcher’ attempting to enter a ballot station. 

New York City: A Trump-loving father and son clashed with Democrats at a Brooklyn polling station on Tuesday in a foul-mouthed exchange that was caught on camera and shared online

New York City: A Trump-loving father and son clashed with Democrats at a Brooklyn polling station on Tuesday in a foul-mouthed exchange that was caught on camera and shared online

Scranton, Pennsylvania; A single voting machine jammed for just minutes Tuesday morning at a precinct in Scranton, Joe Biden's hometown, but misleading posts on Facebook and Twitter claimed multiple machines there were down for hours

Scranton, Pennsylvania; A single voting machine jammed for just minutes Tuesday morning at a precinct in Scranton, Joe Biden’s hometown, but misleading posts on Facebook and Twitter claimed multiple machines there were down for hours

Election officials had hoped that if enough people voted early, it would ease some of the problems that states experienced during the primaries, when voters waited hours in line to cast ballots. 

That appeared to be what transpired Tuesday, although some problems seemed inevitable.

Hand sanitizer spread on voters´ hands caused a ballot scanner to jam at a polling place in Des Moines, Iowa. The machine was fixed in about an hour, and poll workers moved the sanitizing station farther back in the line so voters´ hands would be dry when they first touched the ballots.

Lafayette County, Mississippi: Citizens of Lafayette County, Mississippi wait in long lines at the polls early in the morning to cast their 2020 Election vote

Lafayette County, Mississippi: Citizens of Lafayette County, Mississippi wait in long lines at the polls early in the morning to cast their 2020 Election vote

Greenville, South Carolina: People wait in line to participate in early voting on October 31

Greenville, South Carolina: People wait in line to participate in early voting on October 31

In Pennsylvania, a judge in Democrat Joe Biden´s hometown of Scranton extended voting at two precincts inside an elementary school for 45 minutes past the normal 8 p.m. close of voting, because machines had been down earlier in the day, said Lackawanna County spokesman Joe D´Arienzo. 

The FBI was also investigating reports of efforts to discourage people from voting using automated calls in multiple states including North Carolina, Nebraska and Michigan. Such reports are common in every election.    

Around 10 million automated, spam calls have been made to voters nationwide in recent days telling them to ‘stay safe and stay home,’ telecoms experts told The Washington Post. 

There were also a few other issues with voting technology. Electronic pollbooks from voting equipment vendor KnowInk failed in Ohio´s second-largest county and in a small Texas county, forcing voting delays as officials replaced them with paper pollbooks.

Even though problems were expected, voters were still frustrated.

‘We´ve had four years to prepare for this,’ said Jenny Harris, who encountered problems with touchscreen voting machines at her polling place in Atlanta. ‘And the fact that we´re still having issues on the day that we go to the polls, it blows my mind.’

Manchester, New Hampshire: Trump supporters hold signs outside of a polling location as a voter walk out at Memorial High School election day

Manchester, New Hampshire: Trump supporters hold signs outside of a polling location as a voter walk out at Memorial High School election day

Houston, Texas: Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump rally along West Gray Street

Houston, Texas: Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump rally along West Gray Street

Those who did vote on Election Day included some who wanted to vote by mail but waited too long to request a ballot or didn´t receive their ballots in time.

Kaal Ferguson, 26, planned to vote by mail but was concerned he hadn´t left enough time to send his ballot back. So he voted in person in Atlanta, despite worries he could be exposed to COVID-19 by fellow voters.

‘Obviously everybody has their right to vote,’ he said. ‘But it´s kind of scary knowing that there´s not a place just for them to vote if they´d had it, so you could easily be exposed.’

Others were likely persuaded by the president´s rhetoric attacking mail voting or simply preferred to vote in person after reports surfaced over the summer of mail delivery delays following a series of policy changes implemented by the U.S. Postal Service´s new leader, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major GOP donor.

‘I don´t want to see no mailman. I like to stand here, see my own people, wait in the line and do my civil duty,’ said James ‘Sekou’ Jenkins, a 68 year-old retired carpenter and mechanic who waited about 15 minutes before polls opened in West Philadelphia and voted for Biden about an hour later.

Washington DC: Black Lives Matter supporters, left, clash with Trump supporters, obscured

Washington DC: Black Lives Matter supporters, left, clash with Trump supporters, obscured

Portland, Maine: People wait in line to vote on November 03. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election

Portland, Maine: People wait in line to vote on November 03. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election

Crawfordville, Florida: Voters stand in line at dawn as the polls open on November 3

Crawfordville, Florida: Voters stand in line at dawn as the polls open on November 3

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania: Long lines await early morning Pennsylvania voters at the Juanita College polling site

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania: Long lines await early morning Pennsylvania voters at the Juanita College polling site

On Tuesday afternoon, a federal judge in Washington D.C. ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to sweep 27 mail processing facilities for lingering mail-in ballots and send out those votes immediately. 

The order, which includes centers in central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, south Florida and parts of Wisconsin, followed concerns the agency wouldn´t be able to deliver ballots on time. Postal data has shown service in some battleground areas severely lagging.

‘The slowdown and compromising of the U.S. Postal Service was a concern,’ said Rebecca Kraft, a 41-year-old Milwaukee resident who voted in person. ‘So I said `All right, if I´m feeling healthy, I am going to go do it at the polls just to make sure.´’  

In the months leading up to Election Day, election officials had to deal with a pandemic that has infected more than 9 million Americans and killed more than 230,000, forcing them to make systemic changes largely on the fly and with limited federal money.   

The armed man, pictured, was arrested by police for trespassing after he was banned when people at a polling station reported him for intimidating voters

The armed man, pictured, was arrested by police for trespassing after he was banned when people at a polling station reported him for intimidating voters

‘A lot of people were fearful to come out and vote today and for me I didn´t want fear to stop me from voting on Election Day,’ said Sadiyyah Porter-Lowdry, 39, who cast her ballot at a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly encouraged his supporters to go to polling stations to observe voting in the run up to Tuesday’s election, raising concerns violence might break out in some locations.

In Spalding County, Georgia, machine problems led to a two-hour extension for voting. Wait times stretched beyond an hour at four voting centers in Baltimore.  

But there were no signs Tuesday of large-scale voter intimidation efforts or clashes at the polls, as some had feared, given the intensity on either side of the hotly contested race between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

The Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity agency said earlier in the day that it had seen no apparent signs of any malicious cyberactivity, but also noted that it was too soon to declare victory.    

Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina: A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump waves a flag as he challenges demonstrators marching for voting rights

Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina: A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump waves a flag as he challenges demonstrators marching for voting rights

Officials have already warned that counting ballots could take days due to the avalanche of mail votes, which take more time to process and could result in another round of court battles. 

Misinformation about election procedures and threats of foreign interference also clouded the run-up to Election Day. States hammered out plans for protecting against cyberattacks, countering misinformation and strengthening an election infrastructure tested by massive early voting and pandemic precautions.

The cybersecurity agency at the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it had seen no apparent signs of any malicious cyber activity, at least not yet. But officials with the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency also said it was too early to declare victory.

‘It has been quiet and we take some confidence in that but we are not out of the woods yet,’ said a senior CISA official, speaking on condition of anonymity to brief reporters about ongoing nationwide election monitoring efforts ahead of an official evaluation.     

As the novel coronavirus took root in the U.S., officials repeatedly urged voters to cast their ballots early or by mail, in hopes the advance voting would ease some of the problems that materialized during the primaries, such as long lines and hours-long waits.

More than 102 million voters heeded that advice, a record number that represented 73 per cent of the total vote in the presidential election four years ago. 



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Stadiums and arenas that have become polling stations


The homes of several North American sports teams were turned into polling stations on Tuesday in the US presidential election.

Among the National Hockey League (NHL) teams, the Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals have opened their doors to voters across the country. Uncle Sam.

22 NBA teams made the same decision. The Staples Center, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, are on this list. Recall that LeBron James, who recently helped the team win the final, is the head of the More Than a Vote organization. This helped recruit many volunteers and educate the black community about the importance of voting.

Some 13 NFL teams and five in major league baseball have followed suit.



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US election 2020: Voting underway as polling places open across US


Americans have started casting their election day ballots in support of either Donald Trump or Joe Biden as polling places opened across the United States.

Long lines started forming before dawn on Tuesday with polls opening in some eastern states as early as 6am EST. 

Record numbers of Americans – nearly 100 million – have already cast their ballots early due to concerns over Postal Service delays and worries about COVID-10 spreading through crowded polling places.

Now it falls to election day voters to finish the job, ending a campaign that was upended by the pandemic and defined by tensions over who could best address it.

Biden has had a strong and consistent lead in national polls but Trump is close in enough swing states to possibly piece together the 270 state-by-state Electoral College votes needed to hold on to the presidency. 

The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia.

Definitive national results, however, could take days if the contest is tight.   

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Voters check in with election officials before receiving their ballots at Ballard High School

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Voters in Lansing lined up outside Willow School before sunrise on election day

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Voters in Lansing lined up outside Willow School before sunrise on election day

MIAMI, FLORIDA: Voter lined up around the block at John F. Kennedy Library first thing Tuesday morning to cast their votes

MIAMI, FLORIDA: Voter lined up around the block at John F. Kennedy Library first thing Tuesday morning to cast their votes

Results in Florida, where mail-in ballots can be counted before election day, are expected to begin to come in relatively quickly on Tuesday night. But Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin will not begin counting the vast majority of mail ballots until election day, raising the possibility of a prolonged vote count that could stretch for several days. 

More than 99 million Americans have already voted early either in person or by mail, motivated not only by concerns about waiting in line on election day amid the pandemic but also by extraordinary levels of enthusiasm after such a polarizing campaign. 

The record-shattering total is already more than 70 percent of the total 2016 vote, according to the US Elections Project at the University of Florida. Experts predict the vote could reach 160 million, far exceeding the 138 million ballots cast four years ago. 

Fighting to the end for every vote, Biden was headed to Philadelphia and his native Scranton on Tuesday as part of a closing get-out-the-vote effort before awaiting election results in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. 

Biden and his wife, Jill, started the day with a stop at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, with two of his grandchildren in tow. After a brief church visit, the four walked to his late son Beau Biden’s grave, in the church cemetery.

Trump made a morning appearance on Fox & Friends where he predicted he will win by a larger electoral margin than he did in 2016. He also planned to visit his campaign headquarters in Virginia. He invited hundreds of supporters to an election night party in the East Room of the White House.  

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on election day

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on election day

PORTLAND, MAINE: People wait in line to vote in Maine first thing Tuesday morning

EDINGBURG, OHIO: Voters wait in line before dawn at a polling location at the Edinburg Town Hall in Edinburg

EDINGBURG, OHIO: Voters wait in line before dawn at a polling location at the Edinburg Town Hall in Edinburg

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Dozens of voters wearing masks cast their ballots at Willow School in Lansing

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Dozens of voters wearing masks cast their ballots at Willow School in Lansing

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Voters wearing masks lined up down the block at a polling station in the city

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Voters wearing masks lined up down the block at a polling station in the city

HILLSBORO, VIRGINIA: Voters wait in line at a polling location at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, VIRGINIA: Voters wait in line at a polling location at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: Voters arrive at St. Maria Goretti Church where five voting precincts are located as polls open

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: Voters arrive at St. Maria Goretti Church where five voting precincts are located as polls open

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Polls opened in some Eastern states at 6am EST. The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Polls opened in some Eastern states at 6am EST. The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia



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Long lines seen outside polling stations as Americans head to poll


Washington, November 3

Americans were voting in large numbers on Tuesday in one of the most divisive bitter presidential elections in decades in which incumbent Republican Donald Trump is challenged by Democrat Joe Biden.

Amidst a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 100 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century. Some 239 million people are eligible to vote this year.

The mail-in ballots could take days or weeks to be counted in some states – meaning a winner might not be declared in the hours after polls close on Tuesday.

There is an estimated four million Indian-American population of which about 2.5 million are potential voters in the November 2020 presidential elections.

Over 1.3 million Indian-Americans are voters in key battleground states, including Texas, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Large lines were seen and hundreds of people had queued up before polling stations, particularly in the key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The timing of the start of the polling differs from state to state, mainly due to the different time zones. People mostly in the East coast started trickling down to the polling stations as many states opened up the polling stations around 6 am (4.30 pm IST). These states include Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Maine. Polling in California starts at 7 am (8.30 pm IST).

Initial reports indicated an early large turnout. In the battle ground state of Pennsylvania, hundreds of people were seen outside polling booths even before the start of the polling.

Trump who returned from campaigning in the wee hours of Tuesday urged Americans to vote for him. “VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!” Trump said in a tweet with a short video of him dancing at election rallies.

“Vote like your freedoms, your livelihood, and our future depends on it… Because they do!” said Trump, who is seeking to avoid becoming the first incumbent President to lose a re-election since George HW Bush in 1992.

Biden also tweeted urging people to vote. “It’s Election Day. Go vote, America!” he tweeted.

“In 2008 and 2012, you placed your trust in me to help lead this country alongside Barack Obama. Today, I’m asking for your trust once again — this time, in Kamala and me. We can heal the soul of this nation — I promise we won’t let you down,” Biden tweeted.

Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, urged voters to not to “allow anything to come between you and your vote. If you have any questions or concerns about voting, reach out to our voter hotline”.

In another tweet, she said, “If you’ve already voted, thank you. But we still need your help. Take 20 minutes to help voters in critical battleground states find their polling location. This election is too important to leave anything to chance.”     

Poll experts said that the turnout was going to be the key in the election results.

Trump is expected to visit a Republican election office in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington DC. Biden started his day with a visit to Church for prayer and participate in a mass. Thereafter, he was scheduled to travel to the battleground state of Pennsylvania for campaign stops.

In the evening, Biden and Harris will address the nation on Election Night in Wilmington, Delaware. Trump is scheduled to watch the election results from the White House. He has invited a select guests at the White House.

National polls continue to show Biden leading Trump, by a comfortable 8 percentage points.

US elections, however, are not determined by the national popular vote, but rather in the 538-member Electoral College, with each candidate needing a majority of 270 to win the presidency.

In all but two of the country’s 50 states, either Trump or Biden will win all the electors from each state by winning the popular vote there, with the most populous states holding the most electors.

The coronavirus pandemic is a major topic during this election. The US has recorded more cases and more deaths than any other country worldwide, reporting more than 81,000 new infections on Sunday alone. Some 9.2 million people are also affected by the disease.

The US economy saw record-breaking 33 per cent growth in the third financial quarter of this year, following a record 31 per cent contraction in the second.

The November 3 presidential election has been billed as one of the most divisive in recent American history.

Before the campaign closed, 74-year-old Trump toured the key voting battlegrounds of Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania while his 77-year-old rival campaigned in Pennsylvania and Ohio,  urging Americans to back them in the race for the White House.

“To all of our supporters: thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have been there from the beginning, and I will never let you down. Your hopes are my hopes, your dreams are my dreams, and your future is what I am fighting for every single day!” Trump tweeted past midnight.

“A vote for Sleepy Joe Biden is a vote to give control of government over to Globalists, Communists, Socialists, and Wealthy Liberal Hypocrites who want to silence, censor, cancel, and punish you. Get out and VOTE #MAGA tomorrow!,” the president wrote in another tweet, attacking Biden.

The Republican Party in a tweet said, “Let’s Make America Great Again and re-elect our fantastic president!”      

Biden, the former US vice president, said he was “running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president”. PTI





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Measures against coronavirus at polling stations | The NY Journal


A polling station in Wisconsin.

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Scott Olson / Getty Images

This Tuesday million american They will go to polling stations across the country in what will be a historic day in many ways.

93 million people have voted earlyBut that does not mean that polling stations will be free from chaos. In some places large crowds are projected.

Elections Come As Coronavirus Cases Increasen at record levels nationwide. That is why measures have been taken for voting stations with the aim of stopping outbreaks among workers and volunteers, in addition to the voters who fill out their ballots.

What officials and volunteers should do

  • Wear a mask and demand its use
  • Maintain physical distancing and remind voters to do so
  • Locate notices with prevention guides such as handwashing and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Disinfect surfaces and equipment constantly
  • Keep hand sanitizers on tables
  • Install physical barriers such as sheets of Plexiglas between the points where officials and voters interact.

Recommendations for voters

  • Wear masks all the time; cover mouth and nose.
  • It is recommended to bring hand sanitizer
  • Refrain from cleaning surfaces or equipment as that is up to the election officials
  • Know your polling station in advance
  • It is recommended to bring your own black or blue ink pen

For more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 visit the CDC guides.

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Where should I vote? Polling Station Locator by State | The NY Journal


It is good to arrive informed at the polls.

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About 68 million people have voted early — either by mail or in person — in the United States general election.

The figure does not represent any relief for the chaos that can be experienced next November 3, when the electorate that does not vote must go to the voting stations.

The long lines and misinformation they are usually the order of the day during election day. That is why the population is recommended to know the indicated place where they should receive your ballot to vote.

The electoral authorities of each state created a polling station search tool. The voter only has to enter their address. Here the locators:

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