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A poll worker places vote-by-mail ballots into a ballot box set up at the Miami-Dade Election Department headquarters on Oct. 14, 2020 in Doral, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty Images News via Getty

Judges used to stay out of election disputes, but this year lawsuits could well decide the presidency

Lawsuits are being argued in courthouses across the country over the conduct of the election. That could lead to the public losing confidence in the election's legitimacy.
Pope Francis, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, waves to the crowd after addressing Congress on September 24, 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

The underappreciated yet critical Catholic vote in the 2020 US presidential election

In the 2016 election, Donald Trump won 60% of the American Catholic vote. This year, it will be difficult for him to obtain a similar score, and that could have immense consequences.
Asian American voters leave a Temple City, California, polling place in 2012, in the state’s first legislative district that is majority Asian American. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Asian Americans’ political preferences have flipped from red to blue

Asian Americans were engaged in an electoral realignment long before Kamala Harris was added to the 2020 Democratic ticket.
Will young, Black Americans turn out to vote in November? Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images

Young Black Americans not sold on Biden, the Democrats or voting

It's a myth that Black voters represent monolithic support for Democrats. A recent survey shows that young Black Americans in swing states have big reservations about Joe Biden, Democrats and voting.
Delegates after Donald Trump accepted the GOP presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/via Getty

Political conventions today are for partying and pageantry, not picking nominees

Political conventions used to pick presidential nominees in private. Now the public picks the nominee and then the party has a big party at the convention, writes a scholar of US elections.
A man holds a sign that reads ‘Q-Nited We Stand’ during a gun-rights rally held in Seattle in 2018. The QAnon community has moved from the fringes of the internet to mainstream politics in less than three years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

QAnon conspiracy theory followers step out of the shadows and may be headed to Congress

Believers of QAnon fringe conspiracy theories have moved into the mainstream political arena, including several who will be running as Republican candidates in the U.S. elections this fall.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney (L) and Democratic candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) during the 2012 presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3, moderated by Jim Lehrer. Getty/Chip Somodevilla

Lessons on wrangling candidates from the masterful moderator of presidential debates, Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer moderated 12 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012. His lessons on how to run a debate should be studied by today's moderators, writes a former presidential speechwriter.
Despite voter dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties, they are likely to persist. Shutterstock/Victor Moussa

The two-party system is here to stay

Despite the fact that only 38% of Americans say they think the Democratic and Republican parties are doing 'an adequate job,' they're unlikely to disappear.
President Trump told four Democratic Congresswomen of color to ‘go back’ to the ‘corrupt’ countries they came from. AP/Carolyn Kaster

The rhetorical trick Trump used on the ‘Squad’ and how it could affect the vote

Difficult to pronounce, synecdoche is the form of rhetoric used by President Trump when he told four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to the “corrupt” countries they came from.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, signs a bill that creates a new voucher program for thousands of students to attend private schools using taxpayer dollars. Lynne Sladky/AP

School vouchers expand despite evidence of negative effects

Research over the past few years has shown vouchers for private schools set back student learning. So why are advocates still pushing so hard to expand them?

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