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American Political Elections

A nonpartisan collection of information about elections, voting, and American political issues.

Election 2020

Election 2020

Election Day 2020 will occur on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 

Election Calendars and Important Dates:

Voting in the 2020 Election

Visit the Voting page in this guide for resources on registering to vote and where to find information for voting in your state.

Special Topic: Elections and COVID-19

As the country and the world grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of life have been impacted. This year's election has also been impacted already and possibly in ways we have yet to see. Below are some resources related to how COVID-19 is impacting the 2020 election cycle:

2020 Presidential Election

Meet the candidates for the 2020 U.S. Presidential election:

  Democrat (D) Republican (R) Green (G) Libertarian (L)
Presidential Candidate: Joe Biden Donald Trump* Howie Hawkins Jo Jorgensen
Vice Presidential Candidate: Kamala Harris Mike Pence Angela Nicole Walker Spike Cohen
*Incumbent Candidate

Click on the presidential candidate's name to be brought to their official campaign website.

For more information on the candidates of the 2020 Election, including those who dropped out, visit: 

Election Results

2020 General Election Debates

2020 Debate Schedule

Presidential Debate #1

Tuesday, September 29th

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH*

Vice Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 7th

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Presidential Debate #2

Thursday, October 15th

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL**

Second Presidential Debate not proceeding. See the statement by the Commission on Presidential Debates (10/09/2020).

Presidential Debate #3

Thursday, October 22nd

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

*Originally scheduled to be held at University of Notre Dame

**Originally scheduled to be held at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Further details including moderators and debate formats can be found on the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

2020 Congressional Elections

U.S. Senate

About 1/3 of the 100 Senate seats will be up for election in 2020.

U.S. House of Representatives

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election in 2020.

2020 State and Local Elections

Across the United States, elections at the state and local level will be taking place in 2020. In addition to elected positions, ballot questions and more will also be voted on. To find out information for your state and local elections, consult your state's Secretary of State website or local election office:

2020 Election Coverage

Check out some of the following sources for 2020 election coverage. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather a starting point.

Note: Keep in mind some sources may have a bias (liberal, conservative, etc.). 

Prefer to browse multiple news sources at once including sources listed above? A news aggregator like Google News can compile a list of articles all in one place.

2020 Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

Party Primaries and Caucuses occurred throughout spring 2020 in each state. The earliest was the Iowa caucuses on Monday, February 3rd. 

Based on the outcomes of the primary elections and caucuses, party delegates from each state were sent to the national party conventions. 

The following links from Ballotpedia contain the rules for delegates for each party and how presidential nominees were chosen:

Check out the following to see primary election results and awarded delegate counts:

Primary caucuses and elections culminated at the major party conventions when the presidential nominee and platform for each party will be officially announced. 

Major Party Conventions
Democratic National Convention Republican National Convention

August 17-20, 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 24-27, 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina

*Originally scheduled for July 13-16, 2020, but postponed due to COVID-19.