2020 Election

WOSU has your guide to the 2020 election in Ohio and around the country. Find stories here on the presidential contest, U.S. House races and more from WOSU and NPR.

Georgia allies of President Trump continue to push baseless accusations of voter fraud in an attempt to have the election results overturned, following weeks of news networks, legal bodies and state certification boards affirming the election win for President-elect Joe Biden. At a rally Wednesday, they went even further, discouraging Georgia residents from voting in the Jan. 5 Senate runoff election.

The Justice Department has found no evidence of widespread fraud in this year's election, Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday in remarks that directly contradict the President Trump's baseless claims that the vote was rigged.

Trump has refused to concede his election loss to Joe Biden and instead has pushed unfounded allegations of systemic fraud to claim the vote was stolen. His lawyers have failed to provide evidence in court to back up the claims and conspiracy theories the president has propagated on Twitter.

David Pepper, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, speaks at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as people arrive to participate in early voting in Norwood, Ohio on October 6, 2020..
Aaron Doster / AP

After an election where polls showed Democrats would do well in Ohio but largely didn’t, the leader of Ohio’s Democratic Party is resigning. David Pepper says he’ll step down from his post at the end of this year.

At North High School in Akron, poll worker Mary Olesky and voting location manager Josh Schaffer provide curbside voting to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Sarah Taylor / WKSU

Since the general election, election officials are predicting absentee voting will become even more popular in the future. But voting advocates say voters need to be educated about another option: curbside voting.

Updated at 5:37 p.m. ET

Officials in Arizona and Wisconsin have certified their states' presidential election results, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's razor-thin victories over President Trump in the two key swing states.

Another Republican effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election has been stopped, this time by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which on Saturday rejected a request that some 2.5 million mail-in ballots in the state be thrown out.

In its ruling, the high court unanimously dismissed a lawsuit that claimed that a 2019 state law allowing no-excuse absentee ballots was unconstitutional.

The Trump legal team has suffered another loss in its continuing attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.

In a scathing opinion, a federal appeals court said Friday that a lower court acted properly when it threw out the Trump campaign's challenge to the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania.

Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET

Pennsylvania and Nevada, two closely watched electoral battles in the 2020 election, have made it official: President-elect Joe Biden will receive their combined 26 electoral votes.

Biden won Pennsylvania, his birthplace, by more than 80,000 votes, and will receive its 20 votes. The commonwealth certified its election results Tuesday, with Gov. Tom Wolf signing off on its electors.

Jarrod Bowen, a leader in the 45th Regimental Ohio Volunteer Infantry, poses for a portrait during a rally for President Donald Trump at the Kamm Shopping Plaza, Cleveland, Ohio. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020
Carter Adams / WKSU

On the outskirts of a pro-Trump rally in Cleveland a few weekends ago, Jarrod Bowen stood wearing camouflage fatigues, a "Back the Blue" patch on his bulleproof plate carrier, and a pistol on his thigh.

Updated at 8:21 p.m. ET

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted Monday to certify the state's election results after weeks of attempts by President Trump, the outgoing Republican nominee, to overturn his opponent's victory. Three members voted in favor of certification, and one abstained.

Updated at 6 p.m. ET

Most Republicans in Congress have been reluctant to suggest that President Trump concede the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden. They argue that it's best to let Trump expend his legal options before they apply too much pressure.

That pressure has been building and it could be about to go bust this week, with key states certifying the vote totals and making their results official.

Few high-profile Republican members of Congress have publicly acknowledged Joe Biden's presidential win.

And many Republican politicians have refused to denounce President Trump's legal challenges and false allegations of widespread voter fraud.

Georgia's nearly 5 million votes in the presidential race will be counted for a third time, as President Trump's campaign has formally asked for a recount because his loss is within the legal margin for that request.

A federal judge handed the Trump campaign a definitive loss on Saturday in its final attempt to delay the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, where President-elect Joe Biden leads by more than 81,000 votes.

Updated at 6:26 p.m. ET

Several Republican lawmakers from Michigan met Friday with President Trump as he continues his unprecedented efforts to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election.

Trump sat down with the leaders of the state House and Senate and three other Michigan state senators ahead of the Michigan's canvassing board meeting on Monday, when the election results are expected to be certified.

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