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The Chronicle's 2020 election preview

The 2020 election is almost here—in fact, many have already participated. More than 91.6 million Americans had cast ballots by Sunday, with mail-in and in-person early voting surging as a result of the pandemic that has been the backdrop of this year's race. 

Still, a day remains until polls close and results start to come in. Even then, it could be some time before the results are clear.

If you haven't yet voted , you can find information below about who's on the ballot and what they stand for. If you've already cast your ballot, you can read up on the state of early and mail-in voting in North Carolina, when experts expect the presidential race to be called and how students feel about this consequential election. 

The Chronicle's guide to national, statewide races on the ballot in Durham

North Carolina is once again a presidential battleground, but there are also other races on the ballot, including the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 

Who's on the ballot in Durham County races this year?

The Chronicle has pulled together information on the Durham County races you’ll find on your ballot.

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Here's where NC General Assembly candidates from college towns stand on the issues

The Chronicle worked with six other student newsrooms across North Carolina to profile every General Assembly candidate in Orange, Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Pitt, Durham and Watauga counties.

Blue Devils on the ballot: Duke student, professors, alumni run for office around the country

While many are already turning in their votes, some Blue Devils have their names on the ballot. Meet the Duke professors and alumni—and a student—hoping to be elected next Tuesday.

Shannon Fang

North Carolina shatters 2016 absentee voting numbers, Durham County in top 5 counties

As of Sunday morning, 4,531,466 absentee ballots have been cast, which is about 61.7% of registered voters in the state. Of these, 3,603,023 voters cast ballots during one-stop early voting from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31, greater than the total number of absentee ballots cast in 2016. 

The Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center, where Duke hosted an early voting site from Oct. 15 to 31.  Alicia Medina

Uncertainty, apprehension, hope: Students look ahead to a contentious election

With Tuesday’s presidential election quickly approaching, Duke students are apprehensive about what the results—or lack thereof—could mean for the nation, even as they try to have the best outlook possible.

Phoebe Brinker

When will Tuesday's elections be called? Professors weigh in

With record voting numbers predicted and more Americans than ever before casting ballots by mail, the election faces unusual logistical challenges. Although Election Day is Tuesday, it is unclear when the winners will be announced.

Mac McCorkle on gerrymandering, voting by mail and N.C. races to look out for in the 2020 election

Mac McCorkle is a professor of the practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy. He was recently named the director of POLIS: Center for Politics, which sponsors Duke Votes. The Chronicle spoke to him in September about his perspective on the 2020 election in North Carolina. 

Editorial: Vote like it matters

"We as students must recognize the moral importance of voting and recognize the challenges that had to be overcome to grant all citizens this right," the Community Editorial Board writes.


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