15 Oct 2020

US election 2020: mail-in ballots, voting rights – and what might happen on election night

President Trump is questioning the very electoral system that saw him win the White House four years ago.

With mail-in balloting and early voting already taking place, misinformation is rife about the security and safety of American democracy.

As both parties argue over deadlines and prepare lawyers for election day, how long will this electoral battle go on? When will we know the winner on the night itself? And will the 2020 election ultimately harm the United States’ standing as the centre of the free world?

We speak to Protect Democracy’s Jess Marsden about Republicans and Democrats debating the voting rules, Professor Edward Foley on election night worries, and the historian and journalist Anne Applebaum on what this all means for American democracy.