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In less than a week, election day in the United States of America will be here. But odds are Americans across the nation might not know the official outcome immediately on November 3 when they go to sleep; in fact, the official results might not be known for days, weeks, maybe even a month later. That is due to an anticipated influx of absentee and vote-by-mail ballots expected to arrive at the last minute. And, of course, there are also the seeds of doubt planted in some voters’ minds about the legitimacy of certain voting methods, from which has sprouted hundreds of lawsuits still in process. Regardless, early voting is at an all-time high in October, with the number of ballots cast at nearly 68 million seven days before the election, shattering prior records for early voting. People are attending their local voting booths in droves to make sure their votes count – but what happens if the election is contested?

Electoral Process Timeline

First, here is a look at the electoral process timeline in the United States. These are some important dates to keep in mind as the election draws nearer:

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With talk of voting fraud, voter suppression, and shrinking poll locations, it can be easy to feel discouraged about how protected your vote actually is. But the truth is that many people, including those in the government and at the polling places, are doing their best to ensure a safe, effective, and secure election in this age of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the most significant ways people are working to protect your voting rights and help your vote get counted toward a fair election.

7 Ways Your Vote Will Be Counted, Protected, and Safeguarded

As the 2020 Election Day fast approaches, citizens are casting their votes in droves across the nation thanks to a wide variety of options to help them vote during the pandemic. But how can voters be sure their votes will be counted properly and fairly? What precautions are being taken to ensure a safe, secure, and fair election takes place? Here are seven of those ways people are making sure your vote counts this year:

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With the first presidential debates behind us and the vice-presidential debate already taken place, voters might be anticipating the next round of debates; unfortunately, due to the president’s recent bout with COVID-19 and the two campaigns struggling to agree on debate terms for the final debate, it may be up to the voters to investigate the issues up for debate themselves to choose their candidate. Here is a handy guide to help you decide.

8 Major Issues Up for Debate in This Election

With the second presidential debate already canceled and the final presidential debate in limbo, it is even more valuable to reflect on the issues the candidates may argue about during their final debate to be a more informed voter. Here are several important issues facing our nation today that are up for debate:

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2020 has been a year like no other—from political firestorms across the nation to literal wildfires in California, from property damaged by looters to houses destroyed by hurricanes, from peaceful protestors in the streets to minors taking up arms against them, and, most significantly, there is the COVID-19 pandemic with its despairing loss of life and disruptive economic impact. All of these are just a few examples from this challenging year. And that is part of the reason this federal election is so important. Who you vote for will directly impact you in ways that you might not even realize.

5 Significant Impacts Voting Has on Policies 

Be it voting for the president or voting down-state for other politicians or propositions, taking control of your civic duty and marking up your ballot has never been more important than it is now. 2020 was a year of tremendous difficulty, but such adversity can be remedied depending on your particular situations and your vote. For instance, here are five issues that might be addressed in different ways based on how you vote next month:

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Throughout the history of the United States, great strides have been made to expand voting rights to American citizens regardless of gender, race, and ethnicity. We now live in a country in which the voting rights of our diverse population are guaranteed by law, and with these rights comes an important responsibility to exercise them and contribute to the democratic process. As the crucial 2020 election approaches, it is important for New York voters to understand some of their specific rights that may impact the voting process.

Understanding the New York Voter’s Bill of Rights

The State of New York has published a Voter’s Bill of Rights that guarantees certain protections for voters throughout the state. Among these are:

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