The US Presidential Election is bound to look different this year.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, both Democratic and GOP party conventions have been dramatically scaled back, and it’s unlikely that there will be rooms packed with people celebrating election night results on November 3. Many states have moved to expand vote-by-mail and absentee voting, which could mean new voting experiences for many Americans and a longer timeline for vote counting.
As newsrooms think about how to cover the run-up to the election that is now just 93 days away, experts say educating voters on how voting systems will work should be top of mind.
“The press needs to educate the public both about how to vote … and to knock down these conspiracy theories about voter fraud and things that are going to convince people that the election is not being done fairly,” Richard Hasen, the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at University of California, Irvine told CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday.