US Election holds today, the 3rd of November, 2020. It’s the 59th quadrennial presidential election (See Here)
Who can vote and how do they do it?
If you’re a US citizen and you’re 18 or over, you should bein the presidential election, which takes place every four (4) years.
However, lots of states have passed laws requiring voters to show identification documents to prove who they are before they can vote.
How people vote is a contentious issue this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some politicians are calling for wider use of postal ballots, but President Trump has said – with very little evidence – that this could result in more.
Is the election just about who is president?
No. All of the attention will be on Trump vs Biden, but voters will also be choosing new members ofwhen they fill in their ballots.
Democrats already have control of the House so they will be looking to keep hold of that while also gaining control of the Senate.
If they had a majority in both chambers they would be able to block or delay President Trump’s plans if he were to be re-elected.
All 435 seats in the House are up for election this year, while 33 Senate seats are also up for grabs.
When will we find out the result?
It can take several days for every vote to be counted, but it’s usually pretty clear who the winner is by the early hours of the following morning.
In 2016, Donald Trump took to the stage in New York at about 3am to give his victory speech in front of a crowd of jubilant supporters.
But don’t set your alarm clocks just yet. Officials are already warning that we may have to wait longer – possibly days, even weeks – for the result this year because of the expected surge in.
The last time the result wasn’t clear within a few hours was in 2000, when the winner wasn’t confirmed untilruling was made a month later.
When does the winner take office?
If Joe Biden wins the election, he wouldn’t immediately replace President Trump as there is a set transition period to give the new leader time to appoint cabinet ministers and make plans.
The new president is officially sworn into office on 20 January in a ceremony known as the inauguration, which is held on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC.
After the ceremony, the new president makes their way to the White House to begin their four-year (4) term in office.