10 rememberable quotes from Biden’s inaugural address
After his official swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Biden gave his inaugural address to the American people. While the inauguration marked the end of a tremulous election, Biden spoke about unity and the pursuit of the American dream for all. Here are some of the most enduring quotes from Biden’s inaugural address:Biden’s oath to AmericansBefore God and all of you, I give you my word I will always level with you. On the American storyBut the American story depends not in any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. And we’ll lead not merely by the example of our power, by the power of our example.
Here’s how leaders around the world are reacting to Inauguration Day
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)HOUSTON – President Joe Biden and Madam Vice President Kamala Harris have officially been inaugurated. Former President Barack Obama offered congratulations to his former VP, tweeting “Congratulations to my friend, President @JoeBiden! This is your time.”Congratulations to my friend, President @JoeBiden! pic.twitter.com/LXzxGnBAfz — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021Former President Bill Clinton also congratulated the incoming president and vice president ahead of the inauguration. Today is the start of a new chapter & I look forward to our close cooperation!
Parler, free speech and the role of big tech
HOUSTON – After a steady rise in popularity, the social media site Parler disappeared over the course of a weekend. Many media analysts view what happened to the site as a test case for shaping what role big tech may play in policing speech on the internet. Parler was founded in 2018 but exploded in popularity in the run-up to the 2020 election. Laster said she is uncomfortable with large tech companies involved in decisions on what is allowed speech. However, KPRC 2 Legal Analyst Brian Wice said free speech only applies to the government, not private business.
More Texas Congressional leaders call for President Trump’s ouster
HOUSTON – Late Thursday a growing number of Texas Congressional leaders called for President Donald trump’s ouster. The calls came despite President Trump denouncing the violence at the Capitol and promising a smooth transition of power in a pre-recorded message released Thursday evening. Democratic Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia announced she is co-sponsoring a resolution to impeach President Trump if Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet doesn’t invoke the 25th Amendment for his removal. However, newly elected Republican Congressman Troy Nehls, disagreed with his colleagues, saying President Trump will leave office on January 20th. “We’re delighted that one of our very own, former Sheriff Troy Nehls was instrumental in helping many members,” said Lee.
Former HPD captain arrested in bizarre conspiracy case unable to be arraigned due to COVID-19
HOUSTON – Since Tuesday, there have been nationwide headlines involving former HPD Captain Mark Aguirre. Aguirre was due to be arraigned Thursday morning but his arraignment was postponed after his attorney informed the court that Aguirre has COVID-19. The Liberty Center is run by conservative activist Steve Hotze, known for spreading conspiracy theories. Dr. Michael Adams, the chair of the political department at Texas Southern University, says social media is a huge factor in conspiracy theories because of digital accessibility and engagement. Adams calls conspiracy theories “gaslighting.” A form of manipulation meant to question your own reality.
$1M offer: Texas’ Dan Patrick urging people to come forward if they have voter fraud to report
HOUSTON – Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he supports President Donald Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud -- and is now offering up to $1 million to encourage and reward people to come forward if they have any instances of voter fraud to report. Those who give information to local law enforcement that leads to an arrest and conviction will get at least $25,000, according to the Patrick’s office. President @realDonaldTrump’s @POTUS pursuit of voter fraud is not only essential to determine the outcome of this election, it is essential to maintain our democracy and restore faith in future elections. Here’s my statement: https://t.co/7pUPJWsd3M#txlege — Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) November 10, 2020Go here for more information.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris seen as inspiration to women, other groups
Kamala Harris is the first woman, first Black and first South Asian person to become vice president of the United States. Vice President-elect Harris has inspired women to dream and attain it with her historic election win. "I think we have to realize the collective work of the women who came before Kamala have built for this moment. Betts said it will be exciting to see what work Harris will get done while in office. I think that’s what women have been essentially striving for is to be seen on the merits of their work," she said.
Local law expert says President Trump legal challenges won’t change the outcome of election
HOUSTON – President Donald Trump is not giving up on the historical 2020 election. The Trump campaign is pursuing numerous lawsuits to challenge the results of the election. It looks as if it is very secure for President Biden,” Carder said. After President-Elect Biden was declared victorious Saturday, President Trump announced his legal team would continue to fight in court. If it was a close call or a close vote between Biden and Trump if it were a close call, then certainly.
PHOTOS: Joe Biden and his decades of public life
Joe Biden mounted two previous presidential bids in 1988 and 2008, never making it out of the Democratic primaries. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., listens during his stop at Flat Rock Community High School in Flat Rock, Mich., Monday, Sept. 15, 2008. Vice President Joe Biden dances with his wife Jill at the Commander In Chief Ball on inauguration night in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks to President Barack Obama at their election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. All rights reserved)Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden visits with C.J.
Biden, Trump supporters react to election results across the Houston area
HOUSTON – There were rallies for both political sides throughout the Houston area on Saturday. While others weren’t quite ready to accept the election results with Joe Biden projected as President-elect. I’m so excited about both President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” said supporter Gerald Womack. In Conroe, thousands came together to show their support for President Donald Trump and echoed his claims of fraud. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said she looked forward to working with Biden and hoped the president would agree to a peaceful transition of power.
President-elect Biden win brings protest, tense moments and some celebration
Tensions grew again when more Trump supporters arrived on the scene and BLM members retreated through the growing crowd. “This election has not been called!” yelled Jake Angeli, a regular at Trump rallies, who stood outside a tabulation center in Phoenix. In recent days, armed protesters have been seen gathered outside tabulation centers, many carrying Trump flags and signs with the hashtag #stopthesteal. Those carrying weapons insist they are keeping the peace. In Detroit, dozens of Trump supporters returned to the streets Friday outside the city’s convention center, where election workers counted ballots.
Elation and anger: Catharsis in the streets following Biden’s projected win
Just after major news organizations projected that former Vice President Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump, fireworks erupted in Atlanta. Neighbors ran out of their homes in Manhattan and assembled into an unplanned street party, whooping, dancing and high-fiving strangers. In Louisville, Kentucky, BIden supporters gathered on their lawns to toast with champagne. Trump’s supporters have for days been protesting outside of ballot-counting operations, alleging without evidence that the slow-moving results were proof of cheating. Some 75 Trump-supporting protesters had gathered Saturday morning outside the election tabulation center in downtown Phoenix, where the counting remains underway.
‘I will be a President for all Americans’: Biden tweets after projected presidential win
Joe Biden will defeat President Donald Trump to win the presidency, NBC News projected. The former vice president amassed 273 Electoral College votes after winning Pennsylvania’s 20 electors, according to NBC News, surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House and defeat President Donald Trump. After receiving news of his projected win, Biden, running mate Sen. Kamala Harris and President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share their reactions to the news. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8 — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Election 2020: Here’s what Biden, Trump said after NBC News projects winner
Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to win the presidency, NBC News projected. The former vice president amassed 273 Electoral College votes after winning Pennsylvania’s 20 electors, according to NBC News, surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House and defeat President Donald Trump. Full statement from former vice president Joe Biden:"I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. "Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters.
EXPLAINER: States still in play and what makes them that way
WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of states remained in play Friday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. The initial margins in those races were 137 votes, 215 votes and 261 votes. Election officials in the state said they would release more results Saturday at noon EST. But it was unclear if that figure took into account the overestimated number of ballots by Clark County election officials. As long as those ballots are postmarked by Nov. 3, state election officials have until Nov. 12 to count them.
Photos: This is what ‘stop the count’ protests look like across the country
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Trump supporters gather for a demonstration outside the TCF Center on Nov. 6, 2020 in Detroit. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Trump supporters gather for a demonstration outside the TCF Center on Nov. 6, 2020 in Detroit. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Supporters of President Trump hold signs and chant slogans during a protest outside the Philadelphia Convention Center. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Supporters of President Trump yell at a counter protester at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on Nov. 6, 2020 in Phoenix. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)
Nevada is taking forever to count its votes, so of course, the internet made memes
It’s been exhausting waiting for the results of the 2020 election to come in, but there has been one good thing that has come out of all this: The memes. Specifically, the memes about Nevada. So without further ado, here are the best memes floating around the internet -- that will surely give you a much-needed laugh. Nevada: pic.twitter.com/XldmGVrex6 — 🧞♂️ (@JafarTheGenie_) November 5, 2020This is how Nevada counts ballots pic.twitter.com/JQFy83B2WV — Max Burns (@themaxburns) November 5, 2020Live footage of Nevada working on those ballots pic.twitter.com/14RrZ2Ce8w — Miss Cuffy, Unstable Genius🥃🔥 (@MissGFYCuffy) November 5, 2020Nevada after counting 113 ballots in one day. pic.twitter.com/JAkgsBNT2p — Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) November 5, 2020And finally...
Houstonians anxious to learn fate of presidential race
HOUSTON – Three days after Election Day, people were ready to learn who would be the next president of the United States. “(I’m) a little anxious, and ready for it to get over,” said Bill Morrison. The word “ready” seemed to be very popular at Hermann Park Friday morning. “I’m just ready for the announcement, trying not to be too wrapped up in social media,” said Kaneisha Robinson. “It is challenging not to know what’s going on, but I’m ready for it to be over with,” said Shaughn John.
Trust Index: Misinformation spreads on social media targeting swing states too close to call
Using the KPRC 2 Trust Index, we will review questionable claims being made on social media. Trewinnard, a member of the international team that helped set up our Trust Index System, has monitored elections from all over the world. “It doesn’t really change the minds of the people who’ve already believed it. Our Trust Index team flagged what’s been called the “Sharpiegate” claim as false. What is the Trust Index?
Election results: What states are we still waiting on, and why? A breakdown
A handful of pivotal states remained in play Thursday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. But there are outstanding ballots left to be counted in the coming days. North CarolinaThe situationWith ballots left to count, the race is too early to call. As long as those ballots are postmarked by Nov. 3, state election officials have until Nov. 12 to count them. And when it comes to mail ballots, Biden was outperforming Trump.
Campaign pups throughout the years: These 11 photos will make you crack a smile
We found the following 11 photos from Getty Images, and we thought they were worth a share. (Getty Images)Pierre, a 5-year-old basset hound, apparently is a loyal fan of then-President Johnson -- and was happy to pose with a campaign button. (Getty Images)A dog wears a campaign sticker for Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign stop at the Buttercup diner on March 3, 2020 in Oakland, California. This photo was taken in front of the White House as the pups wore campaign buttons for Lyndon B. Johnson for President. (Getty Images)In Honolulu, Hawaiian women are seen casting their votes during a presidential election -- and even a dog doesn't dare peek.
9 photos that prove Election Day 2020 was different than any other in recent years
There’s no doubt that Election Day this year was one for the books. After record-setting early voting, people still showed up in droves on Election Day to cast their ballot. Below are 10 photos -- all from Getty Images -- that give an indication of how different this Election Day looked. (2020 Getty Images)Protesters march through the streets around Black Lives Matter Plaza on Nov. 3 in Washington DC. (2020 Getty Images)Did you feel things were different this year?
Sarah McBride becomes the first openly transgender person to be elected state senator
While most Americans continued awaiting the presidential election results, history was silently being made in Delaware. Sarah McBride, 30, made history on election night by becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to the state Senate in U.S. history. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted Tuesday night after the election was called. McBride is a former spokesperson for the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign and also became the first trans person to speak at a major political convention. McBride will represent parts of Bellefonte, Claymont and Wilmington, the state’s largest city.
The world waits nervously, impatiently for US vote count
The world is watching as millions of Americans cast their ballots for the next president on Tuesday. “In the American system, the last vote counts, and maybe the last vote changes the result," Borrell told Spanish National Television. "The battle over the legitimacy of the result — whatever it will look like — has now begun,” said the German defense minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “Africa used to learn American democracy, America is now learning African democracy,” tweeted Nigerian Sen. Shehu Sani, reflecting a common view from some on a continent long used to troubled elections and U.S. criticism of them. ___AP journalists around the world contributed to this story.
These celebrities are proudly showing off their ‘I Voted’ stickers
Celebrities -- they’re just like us. Well, not really, but they definitely vote, and they definitely post selfies on Election Day with their “I Voted” sticker. Here are a few celebs who have let social media know they are exercising their constitutional right to have their voice heard. Laura DernSnoop DoggJessica AlbaNatalie PortmanJennifer LopezCharlize TheronBlake Lively and Ryan ReynoldsDemi LovatoDrew BarrymoreLizzoMariah CareyKerry WashingtonAshlee Simpson RossReese WitherspoonHalle BerryNick JonasSelena GomezBrittany SnowJimmy FallonJoe Jonas
AP VoteCast: Trump, Biden voters differ on pandemic, economy
Most Trump voters say he has changed Washington for the better; most Biden voters say he's changed it for the worse. About half of Trump voters called the economy and jobs the top issue facing the nation, while only 1 in 10 Biden voters named it most important. A majority of Biden voters — about 6 in 10 — said the pandemic was the most important issue, more than twice the share of Trump voters. Trump voters were more likely than Biden voters to say they agreed with their candidate all or most of the time, 81% versus 74%. Biden voters were somewhat more likely than Trump voters to say they’ve felt the impact in at least one of those ways, 73% to 62%.
Battleground races we’re watching across the U.S. today
Political teams across Graham Media Group are watching “battleground” races in Texas, Florida, Michigan and Virginia. TEXASThe entire state of Texas itself is something of a battleground with Democrats holding onto a longshot hope of turning the long-red state blue. Here’s a report from KPRC2 in Houston and KSAT in San Antonio on competitive districts in the Lone Star state:Follow all Texas results on Click2Houston and KSAT.com. Follow all Florida results on News4Jax, ClickOrlando and Local 10 (Miami). Follow Virginia results on WSLS.com.
Ask 2: How will NBC call the races?
Answer: First and foremost, NBC News will not call a race until the Decision Desk is at least 99.5 percent confident of the winner. On Election Night, the Decision Desk will make the following calls, according to NBC News:Too Early To Call: This characterization covers two scenarios. Projected Winner: NBC News has made a projection that a candidate will win the race. According to NBC, vote count analysts ensure accuracy by inspecting results and looking for irregularities or inconsistencies with past voting behavior. Once the Decision Desk is at least 99.5 percent confident in a projection, NBC News will call the race.
Gallery: Here’s what Election Day looks like across America
Voters wait to cast their votes on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis. On this day, millions of Americans will cast their votes, deciding who will become the next president of the United States. For many Americans, 2020 marks a first in their own personal history books as they head to the polls for the first time. Election Day guide: Everything you need to know before heading to the polls Nov. 3While Election Day may look a bit different this year due to the pandemic, Americans are still hitting the polls and casting their ballots, especially during a time of uncertainty. Check out the gallery above to see what Election Day looked like across the country.
Here’s what voting looks like across the nation today
Here’s what voting across the nation looks like today -- one of the most historic election days in recent history. (2020 Getty Images)Would-be voters learn they are not registered at their precinct at the O.P. (2020 Getty Images)Voters cast their ballot at The Orpheum Theater on Nov. 3 in Madison, Wisconsin. (2020 Getty Images)Voters stand in ballot boxes at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 3 in Louisville, Kentucky. (2020 Getty Images)
5 things for Houstonians to know for Tuesday, Nov. 3
Here are things to know for Tuesday, Nov. 3:1. Election Day guide: Everything you need to know before heading to the polls Nov. 3The Harris County Clerk has set up a “frequently asked questions” section on HarrisVotes.com where you can get lots of answers to common voting questions. Instead of 10 drive-thru locations, the Toyota Center will be the only drive-thru voting center available in Harris County on Election Day because of the new order. Here are some Election Day freebies, discounts and deals to look out forBesides deciding on the next president, voting has some other perks. You may want to take advantage of some of those Election Day deals Tuesday.
Celebrities who’ve been vocal about their support for Trump or Biden this election season
Some people think that celebrities should stay out of politics, but that hasn’t stopped these famous people from throwing their support behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden or current President Donald Trump. Celebs supporting Trump:Kirstie AlleyThe outspoken actress tweeted a couple weeks ago that she was supporting the incumbent president in the upcoming election. Celebrities supporting Biden:Taylor SwiftAfter staying silent about who she was voting for in the 2016 election, Swift has made it very known that she is supporting Biden in this year’s race. Chris EvansCaptain America himself has been working around the clock, it seems, to get people motivated to get out the vote this election. He has critiqued the current administration on Twitter and thrown his support behind Biden.
11 comfort food and cocktail recipes to make if you’re super stressed on election night
It doesn’t matter who or what you’re voting for in the 2020 election, if anything is clear, it’s that Americans are STRESSED about the results. White Claw mimosasJust because it’s election night doesn’t mean you can’t have a mimosa, right? Once it’s warm, add it to a glass and add in an ounce of your favorite whisky or spiced rum. Slow roasting a pork shoulder and turning it into carnitas is the perfect thing to do on election night. Bonus: A Washington appleIt’s election night, so why not have a drink that shares the name with America’s very first president?
5 ways you can help fight misinformation on Election Day
As Election Day finally arrives it is going to be easy to feel overwhelmed by the volume of information being aimed at every single voter in the country. As polls open here are five things to watch for on Election Day 2020:Many, many reports, photos, and videos of long lines. You can also share what you are seeing with the Trust Index team and we’ll get to work on it. Use the Trust Index form to send it to trained fact-checkers for review and possible debunking on a newscast or online. The Trust Index team fact checks questionable information circulating on social media and in our communities.
This is Texas' rule on selfies at polling stations
We understand documenting that you’ve voted is important to a lot of people — especially when you get that “I Voted” sticker. You should be proud of yourself for casting your vote, but know that there are strict rules in some places when it comes to taking pictures at polling places. Here in Texas, we have some of the stricter restrictions concerning photos while voting, according to the Texas Secretary of State website. And if you’re thinking of going old school and taking an actual camera, the same restrictions apply there. When in doubt, just wait until you’re back in your car to snap that “I Voted” sticker selfie.
A terminally ill woman mailed in her ballot. Now, after her death, her vote won’t be counted.
We’ve heard of people out in droves who voted early or sent a mail-in ballot. Lines at early-voting precincts have had some crowds waiting hours -- but to cast a ballot, many find the time well-spent. Pflughoeft was fascinated with politics and determined to vote in the 2020 General Election, so she mailed in her ballot early. All the other states have various stipulations as to whether they will allow the ballot of a deceased person to count, such as when the person died and when the death is learned. However, if past elections are any indication, votes from people who pass away before Election Day generally don’t have an impact on the results, according USA Today.
Ask 2: Can I turn in my ballot-by-mail at NRG on Monday and on Election Day?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Can I turn in my ballot-by-mail at NRG on Monday and on Election Day? According to the Harris County Clerk’s Office, you can return your completed ballot-by-mail in person at NRG at any time during regular poll hours and Election Day. Only the voter named on their ballot can drop it off at NRG. If you do not present an acceptable form of ID, you can complete a reasonable impediment declaration form.
Harris County makes final preparations for Election Day
HOUSTON – On Sunday, about 100 County Clerk’s Office staff members worked to process about 400 presiding election judges. We have over 800 Election Day voting centers,” Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins said. Workers made sure election judges had their list of voters for each precinct and other items they need to process voters on Election Day. “We give them essentially the control boards that they’ll be using to check in voters on election days, but we don’t have those machines yet. He said there will be over 11,000 workers on Election Day to make sure all votes get counted.
Texas Supreme Court rejects Republican-led effort to throw out nearly 127,000 Harris County votes
A rejection of the votes would constitute a monumental disenfranchisement of voters — drive-thru ballots account for about 10% of all in-person ballots cast during early voting in Harris County. The clerk’s filing with the Supreme Court in the earlier lawsuit also said the Texas secretary of state’s office had approved of drive-thru voting. Since the first Republican challenge to drive-thru voting was filed on Oct. 12, the Texas secretary of state and Gov. Greg Abbott had both ignored requests from reporters and Harris County officials to clarify their positions on whether the process was legal. The county clerk’s office countered that the first challenge to drive-thru voting had already been denied, and the second filing came much too late.
Fort Bend County clinches second-highest early voter turnout rate among Texas' largest urban counties
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Fort Bend County clinched the second-highest early voter turnout rate among Texas' most populous urban counties, according to data from the Secretary of State’s office. Additionally, the early-voting turnout in Fort Bend County has surpassed the county’s total voting turnout for the 2016 election. Collin County is the only urban Texas county with a higher early voting turnout rate than Fort Bend County. “Our neighbors, friends, and family members in Fort Bend County are excited about participating in this historic election and continue to lead the State,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said in a statement. Fort Bend County County polling locations will remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Houston Newsmakers: Cornyn confident but not comfortable
His lead in the polls against opponent MJ Hegar is between 5 & 10 percentage points, depending on which poll you look at, but Senator John Cornyn (R) is not breathing easier. “If you run for political office and you feel comfortable before an election, you’re doing something wrong,” he said. On this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall, Senator Cornyn offers up thoughts on a number of issues. Watch Houston Newsmakers Sundays at 10:30am. Senator John Cornyn (R), Texas· Website: https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/· Twitter: @johncornynCarroll Robinson, ESQ, Professor, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University Founder· Website: https://bit.ly/31NPoey· Twitter: @TexasSouthernPaul Simpson, Former Harris County GOP Chair,· Contact: https://bit.ly/2JcmUVf· Twitter: @mcginnislaw
Who is voting? Who is winning? Early vote only offers clues
While Democrats are hungry for signs that key parts of their coalition — young voters, Black voters, new voters — are engaged, comparisons to 2016 are difficult. In North Carolina, they are 21% of both all early voters and all registered voters. In Georgia, they make up 30% of the early vote and 32% of registered voters. John Couvillon, a Republican pollster who tracks the early vote, said the Trump campaign is being too dismissive. “I heard the same kind of attitude in 2008, when Republicans were in denial about the impressive early vote turnout Obama was generating,” Couvillon said.
Voters: Harris County setting example on what making voting accessible to everyone should look like
HOUSTON – Friday is the last day of early voting in Harris County. As of midnight, the county clerk tweeted that 1.3 million people in Harris County had cast their ballots early. Eight locations in Harris County will be open 24 hours, including at the Victory Worship Center in North Harris County, where the county clerk shared a video of people waiting in line at midnight. #HarrisVotes pic.twitter.com/xuGnZet1ou — Harris County Clerk (@HarrisVotes) October 30, 2020NRG Arena is also a 24-hour polling location, where there was a drive-in concert Thursday night. All polling locations in Harris County were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Is there a racial divide when it comes to length of the voting lines?
Is there a racial divide when it comes to voting wait times at precincts? In 2016, white voters waited an average of 10 minutes, according to a survey of voters conducted by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In comparison, Black voters waited an average of 16 minutes and Latino voters were in line an average of 13 minutes, according to the survey. During the 2018 election, Black voters waited an average of 11.5 minutes, Latino voters an average of 11.7 minutes and white voters an average of 8.8 minutes, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. In precincts with 90% or more non-white voters, the average wait time was 32.4 minutes and the median was 13.3 minutes.
Photos show Trump, Biden throughout the years, and their lives look quite different
Whether you are a supporter of President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden or someone else, there’s no doubt the two main candidates have led quite different lives. We see pictures nearly every day of the nominees on the road, aiming to gain more votes through rallies and small gatherings. However, we thought it might be interesting to take a peek into what their lives looked like in earlier years. All photos below are copyright Getty Images.
These are the ballot machines and systems available in Texas
If you find yourself confused come Election Day (or at early voting), you can always ask a poll worker your questions. You’ll mark your ballot by hand with a marker that cannot be erased, or pen, and place your finished ballot in a ballot box. When it comes to optical scan voting systems, voters mark their choices on pre-printed ballots by either connecting “arrows” or filling in “bubbles” next to the candidates' names. “The paper ballot is then inserted into an electronic ballot counter, which then counts the marked “bubbles” or “arrows” on each ballot and automatically computes the totals for each candidate and/or issue,” the state voting website said. and if you really want to get into some more nitty gritty details, we’ll leave you with these: “The state of Texas has selected and certified voting systems from three different vendors: Election Systems & Software (ES&S), Hart InterCivic, and Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold, Inc.).
6 days until the election: Will we know who won on election night?
That is going to produce results coming in at very different times -- perhaps days or even weeks after Election Day. Processing early ballotsIn some places, election officials can begin processing ballots weeks before Election Day. So on Nov. 3, Election Day, officials will have to run an in-person election while also working through the unprecedented number of mail-in votes. Republicans, including Trump's campaign, have been filing lawsuits to stop election officials from counting ballots that are delivered after Election Day. Also, Pennsylvania doesn’t allow early processing of mail-in ballots, further complicating matters.
5 times in which a U.S. president was elected, but lost the popular vote
Since the Electoral College was established as the means of electing a president, it hasn’t been often when a president won the election without winning the popular vote. Despite the fact that Jackson had more electoral votes and won the popular vote, the House voted Adams as President. Cleveland ended up winning the popular vote by more than 90,000 votes, but Harrison won the electoral vote, 233-168. That gave Bush a 271-266 win in the electoral vote, even though Gore won the popular vote by roughly 500,000 more votes. But the electoral vote was a completely different matter, with Trump earning 304 votes to Clinton’s 227.