Election 2020: How TNS Plans to Cover Election Day

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It’s here. After more than a year of campaigning, America has finally made it to Election Day 2020. As voters throughout the country gear up to cast their ballots, the editorial team at The North Star is ready to provide minute-to-minute coverage, live interviews and action steps for one of the most important elections in our nation’s history.

More than 95 million Americans cast their ballots during early voting, shattering the pre-election numbers cast in the 2016 election. Voting experts expect voter turnout to shatter previous records.

Since millions of Americans cast their votes using mail-in ballots this year, experts estimate severe delays for the final results. In fact, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the delays caused at the U.S. Postal Service, it’s unlikely we’ll know the results of the presidential election on Tuesday night.

Whether President Donald Trump opts to declare premature victory or not on Tuesday, The North Star is committed to bringing you the most accurate results this election season.

How do we plan to do that? Our team will be providing all-day coverage in two ways tomorrow.

Live Blog

Our editorial team will bring the latest news, polling results and more as part of our all-day live blog. We’ll kick off coverage at 8:30 a.m. EST and continue bringing you the latest updates until 3 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

The North Star’s editorial team will only report on the election results being tallied and projected by The Associated Press. The team has opted to rely on the AP due to its exceptional record of accuracy and caution.

The live blog team will provide information on the presidential election, voting across the U.S., interviews with experts and first time voters, updates on key progressive candidates and information regarding important ballot measures being voted on in a number of states.

Coverage will be led by Associate Editor Maria Elena Perez, Senior Writer Nikki Rojas and Gen Z Correspondent Kendi K.

You can catch up on the editorial team’s pre-election live blog here.

The Breakdown Live’s Election Night Special

The Breakdown’s Shaun King will be leading special coverage on Tuesday night on Twitch. Shaun will be joined by several special guests for live local and national election breakdowns. The special will begin at 7 p.m. EST and will run until 3 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

Special guests will include:

  • Chris Lazare, National Organizing Director at Grassroots Law Project and Real Justice PAC

  • Tiffany Hawkins and Allan Boomer, Momentum Advisors

  • Gary Chambers, activist/publisher from Baton Rouge

  • Greg Palast, investigative journalist

  • Kimberly Latrice Jones, activist and NYT bestselling author

  • Jamil “Jamal Steele” Davis, hip hop artist and community organizer with Pensacola Dream Defenders

  • And more!

Special guests will make appearances throughout the night. Shaun and guests will be talking about combating voter purging, building a new South through voting, mobilizing community voting as a weapon of advocacy and much more.

You can catch The Breakdown Live’s Election Night Special at twitch.tv/thebreakdown.

America the Voiceless Final Episode

The North Star will round out its election coverage with the final episode of “America the Voiceless” dropping on Thursday, November 5. “America the Voiceless” is The North Star’s podcast about the right to vote and the fight to vote.

Co-hosts Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas will be speaking with past guests about their reactions to the election and any results revealed this week.

You can catch up with the first 11 episodes of “America the Voiceless” on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to leave a 5-star review!

About the Author

Nicole Rojas is a senior writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.