Election day is arising. Here’s what to anticipate and what you possibly can nonetheless do


After roughly 10,000 years of the 2020 presidential marketing campaign cycle, election day, Tuesday, is sort of right here.

Already, greater than 80 million ballots have been solid. Midway by October, more than 1 million had already arrived in California.

But it’s not over until it’s over (which is not necessarily going to be Tuesday, by the way in which). Here’s what you possibly can nonetheless do to make a distinction, and what to anticipate as soon as the massive day will get right here.

Research what’s in your poll

Still have to fill out your poll? You’ve received this final weekend to plow through some analysis. You don’t must vote in each race on the poll. If all you care about is the presidential contest, you possibly can fill in that bubble and depart the remaining clean. Here’s our guide to what’s on the ballot, and the L.A. Times editorial board’s endorsements.

Drop off your poll or vote in individual

The United States Postal Service says mail-in ballots sent via regular mail might not make it before election day. A greater wager: Drop yours off at a devoted poll field, or vote in individual.

If you didn’t register to vote in California, you possibly can nonetheless solid a poll. California has conditional voter registration — generally known as “same-day voter registration” — which helps you to register up till the day of the election at your county elections workplace or a group vote heart. You can then solid a poll, which might be processed and counted after county election officers confirm your registration.

Here’s our interactive map the place you possibly can enter your deal with and discover your nearest poll field and voting heart.

Track your poll

Sign up for California’s ballot tracker to get alerts about when your poll is acquired and counted.

Help your family and friends vote

You’ve earned that “I Voted” sticker. Share the love by checking in together with your family members. Reach out instantly, or make a put up on social media providing no matter make it easier to really feel comfy giving — serving to to analysis propositions, driving somebody to the polls or serving to them discover an official poll drop field.

Volunteer in your candidate or occasion

It’s not too late to do some telephone banking or texting. Search “(candidate) phone banking” or “volunteer for (candidate)” to find information on how you can still help. It will probably feel a little bit more productive than spending the weekend doomscrolling.

Know what to anticipate on election day

We can’t see the long run and let you know precisely how election day will go or what happens after. But we are able to let you know how our politics team plans to cover it.

As for voting, states have till Dec. eight to rely up all of the votes and declare a winner — and there may be a legal system in place for what occurs if a state’s end result remains to be disputed at that time. If the electoral faculty is deadlocked, we might wind up with President Pelosi, although the percentages of that taking place are slim.

If you are feeling such as you simply can’t await the election to be over, you aren’t alone — scientifically talking, everything is terrible now. The finish is in sight.

Until then, take a couple of deep breaths, and maybe contemplate studying by our 13-step guide to staying sane.