Presidential election results 2020

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Veronica Rocha, Melissa Mahtani and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 2:44 p.m. ET, November 23, 2020
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2:15 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Nearly half of registered Iowans voted early, state data shows

From CNN’s Katie Lobosco

Voters participate in early voting in Adel, Iowa, on October 29.
Voters participate in early voting in Adel, Iowa, on October 29. Mario Tama/Getty Images

State election data shows at least 996,970 Iowans cast their ballot early, either in person or by mail. That’s about 48% of registered voters and 63% of those that voted in the 2016 election.

Almost 41,000 people across the state voted on Monday.

Registered Democrats made up 45% of the early voters. Registered Republicans made up 33% of early voters and 21% were unaffiliated. 

Polls close at 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. CT.) Absentee ballots can be returned via mail until Nov. 9 as long as they’re postmarked by Nov. 2.

2:12 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Harris: "Have faith in the American people"

From CNN's Deanna Hackney

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris speaks with reporters in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, November 3.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris speaks with reporters in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, November 3. Pool

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris spoke to reporters as she arrived at Detroit's airport this afternoon. 

"Here we are, back in Detroit — it's Election Day, I'm so happy to be back here," Harris said.

The candidate spoke briefly to press and took questions before heading off to local stops. 

"I want to remind everybody obviously that the polls close at 8 o'clock tonight," she said. "The path to the White House and the path to determining who will be the next President of the United States without question runs right through Michigan."

Sen. Harris took a question on what her message would be to those who are on edge about potential unrest tonight.

"Have faith in the American people. I do strongly believe that we - whoever we vote for - will defend the integrity of our democracy and the peaceful transfer of power. And that there are certain lines that no matter who you vote for, they won't cross," she said.

2:30 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

North Carolina results to be delayed after some polling locations have vote extended

From CNN's Dianne Gallagher and Pamela Kirkland

Volunteers search for a voters registration on November 3, 2020 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Volunteers search for a voters registration on November 3, 2020 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

North Carolina’s election results will be delayed by at least 45 minutes after the board of elections extended voting at four locations that were having problems this morning.

The State Board of Elections voted on Tuesday to extend voting at four precincts that opened late on Election Day.

The NCSBE voted 3-2 to extend a polling place in Sampson County, near Fayetteville, for 45 minutes after the precinct experienced printer issues.  

The extension means that results statewide will be delayed by at least 45 minutes tonight, holding results until all polls have closed. 

The board also voted 3-2 to keep a second Sampson County precinct open for 24 minutes, a Cabarrus County precinct open for 17 minutes, and a Guilford County precinct open for 34 minutes.

Any voter that shows up at theses precincts after 7:30 p.m. ET would vote a provisional ballot.

CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reports:

2:10 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Mayor of Flint, Michigan, reminds residents to rely on credible information and "vote today"

From CNN's Carolyn Sung 

In response to earlier reports of robocalls targeting Flint voters with misinformation, Sheldon Neeley, Mayor of Flint, Michigan, issued a statement saying: 

“In light of disturbing reports of misleading robocalls designed to disrupt the election process, we are reminding the residents of Flint that today is Election Day and, as always, to make sure they rely on credible information. All residents must deliver their absentee ballot, cast their vote, or be in line at the polls by 8 p.m. to have their vote counted. 
“We had lines of voters at several Flint polling locations when they opened at 7 a.m., but things seem to be moving quickly and smoothly now. We are offering any and all support needed to City Clerk Inez Brown, who is ultimately responsible for managing today’s election, including additional security precautions to make sure polling places remain safe spaces free of threat and intimidation.
“Those who want to vote but are not yet registered can still do so at the City Clerk’s office inside City Hall. All registered voters should vote at their polling place. You can find yours at Michigan.gov/VOTE.
“Remember: Vote today.”

Earlier, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel flagged via Twitter that a misinformation robocall was targeting Flint voters, telling them that if the line is too long they should leave and come back tomorrow.

She said this was categorically false because voters must be in line by 8 p.m. tonight to have their votes count.

2:00 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

VP Pence is flooding the airwaves in battleground states

From CNN’s Daniella Diaz

Vice President Mike Pence is spending his Election Day flooding the airwaves doing 21 TV and radio interviews at local media outlets in battleground states.

Pence has done local interviews with at least seven local media radio and TV stations to make a last-minute pitch to voters before polls close tonight. 

The radio and TV stations he's interviewed with are in battleground states including Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Nevada.

A White House official said he’s otherwise spending the day with his family.

2:44 p.m. ET, November 23, 2020

A look at Covid-19 safety measures in one of New Hampshire’s busiest polling places

From CNN's Sarah Jorgensen

Voters wait to cast their ballots at New Hampshire’s second largest polling place, Londonderry High School’s gym, on November 3.
Voters wait to cast their ballots at New Hampshire’s second largest polling place, Londonderry High School’s gym, on November 3. CNN

In New Hampshire’s second largest polling place in Londonderry High School’s gym, Covid-19 safety was a priority in setting up the location according to officials. 

With approximately 15,000 voters expected today — more than 5,000 ballots were cast absentee — state-provided acrylic glass dividers are set up along every step of the check in process, including at the tables where new voters can register.

All of the poll workers are wearing masks, and a cleaning crew is sanitizing booths after voters leave.

There is even an outdoor “accessible” voting area, where voters can drop off absentee ballots and even vote without going inside. 

Masks are not required, though they’re highly encouraged. Maskless voters — a minority of voters throughout the day —are diverted to a special row of voting booths closest to the exit. 

CNN's Polo Sandoval reports from Londonderry, New Hampshire:

2:21 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

No significant voting problems seen in Arizona's Maricopa County so far

From CNN’s Bob Ortega

Voters arrive to a polling location in Sun City, Arizona, on November 3.
Voters arrive to a polling location in Sun City, Arizona, on November 3. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

As of 11:15 a.m. MT, at least 74,000 people had cast ballots today in Arizona’s Maricopa County, according to the county recorder’s office. Maricopa is home to Phoenix and its suburbs. 

County election officials are expecting between 150,000 and 210,000 people to vote in person today, said spokeswoman Megan Gilbertson.

The county has verified 1.7 million early ballots, she said. 

The county has been tabulating its early votes since Oct. 20, and will be posting early voting results at 8 p.m. MT, she said. Gilbertson said she couldn’t say whether all or just some of the early votes will be posted at that time.

She said there have been no significant technical problems with today’s voting so far.

Attorneys for the state Democratic and Republican parties also said they haven’t had any reports of major problems. 

1:56 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Connecticut voter turnout near 75%, secretary of state says

From Evan Simko-Bednarski

Voters cast their ballots at First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, on November 3.
Voters cast their ballots at First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, on November 3. Jessica Hill/AP

Connecticut is experiencing very high voter turnout, Secretary of State Denise Merrill told reporters Tuesday.

Speaking outside a West Hartford polling location, Merrill said that state-wide in-person turnout was approaching 50% of registered voters by midday.

"If you combine that with the 25% of the voters who voted absentee ballot, you're looking at something like 75% already, and it's only noon," Merrill said.

"I think it's wonderful," she added. "I can throw away all those speeches I used to make about the apathy of voters."

Total voter turnout in Connecticut for the 2016 election was 75%, according to Merrill.

"Of course, we have the biggest number of registered voters we've ever had," Merril said, "a couple hundred thousand more than we usually have."

Merrill said that there had been some delays Tuesday morning caused by a loss of power to a few polling stations, which she attributed to overnight wind storms. She said power had been "quickly restored."

2:05 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Enthusiasm to vote on and around college campuses is high this Election Day

From CNN's Rachel Janfaza

Students on and around college campuses across the country are ripe with enthusiasm to vote today. Here's what some students told us about their states:

Pennsylvania

Students from the University of Pittsburgh, many of whom were eager to cast their ballot before heading to class, lined up around the block at the Oakland Career Center near the campus of University of Pittsburgh this morning, Sophia Shapiro, co-president of the University of Pittsburgh Students for Biden, told CNN.

“Everyone’s just really excited to cast their ballot. We had a volunteer try to compete to be first in line this morning. People are enthusiastic and optimistic and really motivated to make their voice heard,” Shapiro said.

 

Arizona

Meanwhile, while the polling site on the campus of Mesa Community College, in Mesa, Arizona didn’t open until 6 a.m. local time, the line of people waiting to vote had already formed by 5:30 a.m. local time, Carla Naranjo, a 21-year-old organizer with Arizona Center for Empowerment (a voting protection agency) told CNN.

The site at Mesa Community College is open to community members and students, Naranjo said, adding that the line was filled with “a good portion of young people.”

“They come in and say yeah I’m a first time voter, they come out excited with a sticker, and just in general, they are energized and ready to vote,” Naranjo said of the young voters she spoke with in Mesa.

Naranjo, a student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, voted early in 2020, marking her first time voting in a presidential election.

Virginia

Likewise in Virginia, 20-year-old Ian Waite is tabling on campus at George Mason University in Fairfax County.

Waite, Chairman of the George Mason College Republicans and the College Republicans Federation of Virginia, is voting for the first time in a presidential election and voted Republican up and down the ballot, he told CNN.

“I think overall our campus is very energized this election. Our campus does a great job providing opportunities for us to voice our beliefs,” said.
“Overall I expect our voter turnout on campus to be pretty high,” he said. “I think it’s a combination of one, we’re so close to DC that we have a generally energized population on campus, and two, this election is critical to a significant number of issues that speak to our generation and we’re looking for the best solutions to those issues,” Waite added.

Texas

And in Texas, students are voting on campus at the University of Houston, where students, administrators and Harris county officials worked to turn the TDECU Stadium into a polling center for students and community members on Election Day.

“The enthusiasm shown by UH students has been one of the best showings of unity I’ve ever seen on this campus,” 22-year-old Isaiah Martin and an on-campus group that works with administrators on student initiatives at the University of Houston, told CNN.
“From the many student organizations that made their own creative videos, to all the dedicated poll workers and to the administrators that worked tirelessly to support this effort, our school has jumped on the opportunity to get out the young vote and make sure that all of our voices are heard this election cycle.”