Legalization 2020: Welcome to Leafly’s live coverage
Here we are: Election Day. Welcome, friends.
Leafly’s news team will provide 12+ hours of rolling updates, vote totals, quotes, memes, tweets, posts, and random entertaining bits to keep your anxiety at bay and your chill level cool.
Sick of CNN, Fox, ABC, and MSNBC? Bookmark Leafly’s election page and return often. No matter what your political persuasion, we’ll provide good news and glad tidings. Legalization is marching on! Hang with us and watch it grow.
Updated Nov. 3 voting results
Each measure needs 50.01% to win. Results are updated as soon as state officials release more totals.
Good morning! Here’s a nug shot to ease your mind
7:54 a.m. PST —Election Day is dawning overcast and cloudy here at Leafly World Headquarters in Seattle. The coffee’s on, KEXP is turned up, and we’re ready to help you through the day.
Formerly incarcerated? Check here to see if you can vote
It’s not too late. FICPFM, the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People & Families Movement, has a handy Can I Vote? tool that allows you to input your location to see if you can register and vote today.
Track your ballot!
Worried about making your vote count? 45 states and the District of Columbia have ballot-tracking sites that allow you to check on the progress of your mail-in ballot. Here’s a guide to your state’s tracking portal.
But DON’T PUT IT IN THE MAIL TODAY. It’s too late for the mail. Hand-deliver it to a vote drop box.
Facts about ballot counting
You’re going to hear a lot about ballot counting this week. Here are some facts, courtesy of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which is a nonpartisan organization.
- Every state continues to count ballots after Election Day. That is totally normal, it happens in every single election. It takes time to count them all.
- No state certifies a winner, in any race, on Election Night.
- Counting all the votes is not tantamount to stealing the election. Counting all the votes is the election.
- Ballots can arrive after Election Day in 18 states, according to laws in those states.
- Military ballots can be received after Election Day in 29 states, according to laws in those states.
- Election results are certified at the state and local level.
- The president and U.S. attorney general have no control over how votes are counted.
- Any candidate or measure advocate may claim victory at any time—it’s a free country—but a victory claim or a concession speech mean nothing. It’s the actual state-certified votes that count.
Certifying the results: How long it could take
Each state sets its own rules for how long the counting process can take.
This map, created by the National Conference of State Legislatures, shows how long local election officials have to certify results.
How long local officials have to certify election results
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Leafly’s 2020 Election Day contributors include Bruce Barcott, David Downs, Max Savage Levenson, Janessa Bailey, Pat Goggins, Rebecca Kelley, Hannah Staton, Elizabeth Mallory, and Joshua Titus.