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Election Day 2020: Live Updates

Zack Miller | The PhoenixSome Rogers Park residents hit the polls on the morning of Election Day 2020.

Follow The Phoenix’s live coverage of Election Day as the final votes are cast and results come in for the presidential election. For information about state and local elections, read our in-depth coverage here.

Nov. 4, 5:15 p.m. Biden secures Michigan.

The AP has called Michigan for Biden. The state’s 16 electoral votes bring Biden’s total to 264 — just six away from the 270 needed to win the presidency.

The state went to Trump in 2016, helping him defeat Hillary Clinton.

Still left to be called are Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Alaska. If Biden wins any of the remaining states, except Alaska, their electoral votes will put him over the 270 needed to win.

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m. Biden takes Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes will go to Biden, the AP projected.

The win brings Biden’s total electoral votes to 248, while Trump sits at 214. The total number of electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency is 270.

The Trump campaign has already requested a recount in the state as Biden leads by just .64 percent, the AP reported. The state of Wisconsin allows candidates to request a recount when the margins are within one percentage point, according to Ballotpedia.

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m. Biden gains two electoral votes from Maine.

Former Vice President Joe Biden gained two electoral votes from Maine’s statewide tally as President Donald Trump got the state’s second congressional district vote, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The presidential race is still too early to call, as votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska are still being counted, the AP reported.

— Madison Savedra, The Phoenix

Nov. 4, 2:30 a.m. Presidential race too early to call.

In the early hours of Nov. 4, the Associated Press (AP) reported the presidential race is still too early to call. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden has 225 electoral votes, while incumbent President Donald Trump has 213, as of 2 a.m. on Nov. 4.

Read more here.

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

Nov. 4, 2:10 a.m. Biden wins Arizona.

Biden has secured Arizona’s 11 electoral votes, the AP projected in the early morning of Nov. 4.

Biden’s victory flips the state from its results in 2016, when Trump won Arizona over Hillary Clinton, the AP reported.

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

Nov. 4, 1:20 a.m. Trump grabs Texas’ electoral votes, Biden wins one of Maine’s congressional districts.

Trump has secured Texas’ 38 electoral votes, the AP projects. He also won four out of five votes in Nebraska by securing wins in its first and third congressional districts as well as the statewide vote, according to the AP.

Biden won the second congressional district in Nebraska, which is a flip from 2016 when Trump won it against Hillary Clinton, according to the AP. Biden also scored a victory in the first congressional district of Maine, the AP called. 

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

Nov.4, 12:00 a.m. Florida goes to Trump.

Florida, which has been a highly competitive state between Biden and Trump, was called for Trump by the AP. The state has 29 electoral votes.

Still, some close contests remain — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania haven’t been called yet. 

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

11: 40 p.m. Trump wins Ohio, Iowa and Montana, Biden prevails in Minnesota. 

Trump secured Ohio’s 18 electoral votes, as called by the AP

Going into election night, polls showed Trump had a 55 percent chance of winning the state while Biden had a 45 percent chance, according to FiveThirtyEight

Trump also won Iowa and Montana, the AP called. 

Biden secured a win in Minnesota, according to the AP. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the state by less than two points, according to Politico.

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

11:00 p.m. Trump snags 4 more states, Biden wins 5 as toss-up states are still up for grabs. 

Biden has secured the electoral votes of Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington and New Hampshire, according to the AP

The AP called Trump wins in Kansas, Missouri, Utah and Idaho.

While Illinois and Indiana were called early in the night, other nearby states have yet to be called by the AP. Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio are toss-ups — both candidates are hoping for wins in those states.

Biden is a heavy favorite in Wisconsin and Michigan, while Trump’s odds look better in Ohio, according to forecasts from FiveThirtyEight

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

8:30 p.m. Biden at 122 electoral votes, Trump at 92.

The AP has called Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming for Trump.

New Mexico, New York and the District of Columbia have been called for Biden by the AP. 

Biden is sitting at 122 electoral votes and Trump is at 92.

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

7:30 p.m. Early in the night, Trump takes 7 states and Biden takes 9.

Just after polls closed in Illinois the Associated Press (AP) called the state for Biden, putting its 20 electoral votes in his pocket.

The AP also called Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Virginia for Biden.

Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia, have been called for Trump by the AP. 

In order to clinch the presidency, a candidate has to reach 270 electoral college votes. Biden currently has 85 and Trump has 55, according to the AP

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

7:00 p.m. Polls close in Illinois.

Polls are officially closed in Illinois, but if voters were in line by 7 p.m. they still have a right to vote, according to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Illinois. 

“Most but not all,” of the votes in Illinois should be counted on election night, according to FiveThirtyEight. The state has seen a large number of mail-in ballots, which can be counted for up to two weeks after the election as long as they’re postmarked by Nov. 3, according to vote.org.

Illinois is expected to go blue, with recent polls showing Biden at 55 percent and Trump at 39 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight

— Katie Anthony, The Phoenix

6:00 p.m. Loyola junior registers to vote last minute at nearly empty polling place. 

Shera Medina, a junior studying economics at Loyola, moved to Rogers Park three months ago, meaning she had to register to vote with her new address Nov. 3 before voting.

Illinois is one of 19 states that allows voters to register on Election Day.

“I was going to do it but I completely forgot,” the 22-year-old said.

Despite having to register to vote on Election Day, Medina said the process went smoothly because the polls were nearly empty.

“It was easy, there was no one there,” Medina said. “There were only two people voting when I was there.”

— Zack Miller, The Phoenix

5:20 p.m. Rogers Park couple electioneers last-minute for the “fair tax” amendment.

Earlier this morning, Nick Valvo and Lydia Barnett, a Rogers Park couple, visited 49th Ward polling sites to electioneer for the “fair tax” amendment. According to Valvo, this isn’t unusual for the two as they tend to get involved around elections.

“Most elections we’re involved some way or another,” Valvo said.

The “fair tax” amendment would allow Illinois legislators to institute a system in which people’s tax rates are based on their income, The Phoenix reported. Currently, the state uses a flat tax system that taxes everyone at 4.95 percent, regardless of their income.

The two stood in front of polling places talking to voters. They also engaged with them in a socially distanced manner through chalk messages on the sidewalks in front of polling places.

Lydia Barnett used chalk to write messages in support of the “fair tax” amendment outside St. Ignatius Parish.
Zack Miller | The Phoenix

“I think it has been challenging because normal door-to-door canvassing just feels unsafe right now,” Bennett said. “My sense is that organizations that normally do this sort of work have had to get really creative.”

Despite the duo’s early-morning dedication, they aren’t with a group. According to Bennett, they’re just neighbors who wanted to take action.

“We’re not affiliated with any group, we’re just people in the neighborhood who feel strongly about this issue,” Bennett said.

— Zack Miller, The Phoenix

4:20 p.m. Election judges are tasked with enforcing COVID-19 guidelines on top of traditional duties.

With 20 years of election judging under his belt, Rich Holley knows the ins and outs of Election Day — and it’s no easy task to pull off.

According to Holley, Nov. 3 tends to be a 14- to 16-hour day for those who volunteer their time to put on the elections.

“It is hard work,” Holley said. “You work hard at it, you make sure everything runs smoothly … it’s a long day.”

The day starts just before 5 a.m. when the judges are required to get to the polling place and begin setting up so the polls can open just an hour later. After 13 hours of voting, the judges have to clean up and get the ballots to the Chicago Board of Elections.

This year, though, judges are faced with enforcing social distancing guidelines and sanitizing the polls.

Everything is sanitized, from the machines being cleaned between voters to the pens being wiped down.

“We are trying to make sure people are able to vote and that they’re comfortable in the voting place,” Holley said.

Not every voter is willing to comply with these guidelines, and judges were given a plan for that, too. If someone refuses to wear a mask — including those offered by judges at polling places — the judges ask them to step outside where curbside voting can take place.

Holley wants voters to be reminded that judges have been through the same pandemic they have.

“They can still vote, just not inside the voting place so everyone is safe,” Holley said. “We understand what people go through day-to-day. They’ve got to understand where we are coming from as well, we have to enforce the law.”

— Zack Miller, The Phoenix

3:45 p.m. “She’s a hardcore voter”: Rogers Park resident braves the stairs at Centennial Forum to cast her ballot on Election Day.

Judy Levaccare found it hard to vote at Centennial Forum, which is located under Loyola’s Mertz Hall, because of its large flight of stairs. But that didn’t stop her from keeping her perfect voting streak as she rushed up the stairs to cast her ballot.

Centennial Forum, which is located under Loyola’s Mertz Hall, serves as a polling place in Rogers Park.
Zack Miller | The Phoenix

“It’s an important one,” she said.

While Centennial Forum is not listed as an “accessible” voting location, it does offer curbside voting, but Judy opted to brave the stairs.

“She’s a hardcore voter,” her husband, Ralph Levaccare, said. “The kids too, though they don’t live with us anymore.”

The couple, who are 35-year residents of Rogers Park and members of St. Ignatius Parish, said they came out to exercise their most valuable right.

“It’s our most important right as a citizen to express our informed decision,” Ralph said.

— Zack Miller, The Phoenix

3:00 p.m. “Enthusiasm is high and the weather is great today.”

Jamie Gump, a first-time election judge for the 49th Ward 4th precinct, said despite lower numbers for in-person voting Nov. 3, what he had seen was promising.

“It’s been great to see people coming out who are registering to vote,” the 46-year-old said. “We’ve seen some younger folks coming out. Overall, even though the numbers might be smaller for Election Day turnout, enthusiasm is high and the weather is great today.”

While worries of election violence popped up before Nov. 3, Gump said he didn’t expect any instances to occur.

“I think those concerns were driven by a small faction of voters to try and influence turnout today and hopefully they were wrong,” Gump said.

— Zack Miller, The Phoenix

1:45 p.m. Following unprecedented early voting numbers, some Rogers Park residents cast their ballots on Election Day.

While mail-in and early voting thinned out the lines at the polls Tuesday morning, some Rogers Parkers came out to vote in person.

Charlie Matthews, a Rogers Park resident, said he’s anxious for the election’s results because of the fact the result may not be known for an extended period of time

“I’m really cautiously optimistic and anxious,” the 61-year-old said. “Normally I think I would be a lot more optimistic. … Until all challenges are over and done with, I don’t think I’ll be celebrating.”

— Zack Miller, The Phoenix

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