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Post-Election 2020 Trinity Resource and Response Guide

This guide is intended to help you find information about November 3, 2020 and the days and weeks following Election Day. Here you will find resources to help students, faculty, and staff understand, discuss, and emotionally manage the election results.

Frequently asked questions (and answers)

Find answers to many student questions about how Election Day works and what happens if the election results aren't immediately clear. 

Video clips with Dr. David Crockett, an American Presidency scholar from Trinity's Department of Political Science, and Professor Alex Gallin-Parisi, Outreach & Engagement Librarian and Political Science Librarian at Trinity's Coates Library, all have closed captioning.


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Question: What if there is a "draw" or tie?

Question: Do U.S. territories (like Washington, DC or Puerto Rico) count?

Question: What's the deal with concession and acceptance speeches?

Question: If the outcome isn't clear on election night, what should we pay attention to?

Question: Why do some states have early voting and other states do not?

***NOTE: Neither Alex Gallin-Parisi or David Crockett knew the answer to which states do not have in-person early voting. The correct answer is six states do not offer pre-Election Day in-person voting options: Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Please see State Laws Governing Early Voting from the National Conference of State Legislators to find out more about states' early voting laws. While the 2020 election will have certain policy changes, this is the most up-to-date information.

Question: How long will it take to know who won the election?

Question: How have transitions of power worked in the past in the United States?

For all you political policy wonks out there... bonus clip!

Additional FAQ

Looking for answers to your other questions?

Find many answers on our Information Resources page.