November 3, 2020 is Election Day in the United States. For the first time in four years, the American people will choose their next president: Donald Trump (Republican) or Joe Biden (Democrat). But that’s not all that’s going on today. Voters have the chance to vote for members of Congress. All seats in the House of Representatives are on the ballot, as well as 35 Senate seats.
What the Contenders Say
Joe Biden started Election Day in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He visited his childhood home where he was greeted by supporters, before leaving on a tour of the state. He also attended a morning church service and visited the grave on his son Beau, who passed away in 2015. Biden wrote a message on the wall of his childhood home: “From this house to the White House, with the Grace of God.”
Donald Trump kept campaigning up until the last minute, holding 14 rallies in three days. He paid a visit to Republican staff at party headquarters. He will be watching the election results from the White House, at a party with family, staff members and supporters. In an interview on election morning, Trump seemed confident, saying, “I think we’ll have victory… I think we have a very solid chance of winning.”
Voting in the Time of Coronavirus
This has been an unusual election year, as people are worried about mixing with crowds at election locations during the coronavirus pandemic. Many Americans decided to vote by mail, instead. The Democrat Party encouraged mail-in voting, saying voters shouldn’t have to expose themselves to COVID-19 by mixing in public during Election Day. On the other hand, the Republicans are worried that mail-in voting may cause fraud and dishonest voting practices. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to shut down voting.
Some states have also made voting times longer, so mail-in votes that arrive after Election Day can be counted. This could delay the vote count, so Americans could be left guessing about the results for longer than usual.
What’s Happening Around America on Election Day?
Americans can vote in-person on November 3. Here are just some of what’s been going on as Americans head to the polls:
- First Lady Melania Trump voted in Palm beach Florida. When she was asked why she didn’t vote early, she said, “It’s Election Day, so I wanted to come here to vote today for the election.”
- Female voters in Rochester, New York, have been putting “I Voted” stickers on the gravestone of Susan B. Anthony, who worked hard to get women the right to vote.
- Americans with coronavirus are allowed to vote in person.
- Even though 100 million Americans voted early, some areas still have long lines at polling stations. On the other hand, some areas have no lines at all.
- Hip Hop star Kanye West voted for himself. He said: “Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust…me.”
- Lochel’s bakery in Pennsylvania says it has successfully predicted the last three elections based on how many blue or red cookies it sells. Who does the bakery say will win this year? They have so far sold many more Trump cookies than Biden cookies.
- Some are worried about violence based on the election results; many business in cities have boarded up their windows, while a fence was put up around the White House.