U.S. Election Update Welcome to our DAI-ly Election News! With this page we’d like to offer you comments and analyses on the upcoming elections as recommended by DAI staff. For greater convenience, you can read this articles on a large screen in the small space next to the magazine section. A great source of knowledge is the eLibraryUSA database (also containing JSTOR). Feel free to browse and discover what’s of interest to you! You will find a free access on the library tablets from October 27 on. For more details on eLibraryUSA please see our brochure. Enjoy following your curiosity! Your DAI Library Team Election Day! At 12 o’clock German time, the first polling stations opened in the US. Please see here Nate Silver’s liveblog: https://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/2020-election-results-coverage/ And his forecast: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/ The Atlantic gives you a smart advice on how to follow the results – without getting mad of excitement… https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/11/how-watch-election-poll-closings/616967/ CNN offers an interactive map of the electoral college: https://edition.cnn.com/election/2020/electoral-college-interactive-maps#build-your-own Who are the voters in the battleground states? https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/03/politics/early-voting-2020-what-we-know/index.html Monday, November 2nd 2020: As the polls are becoming more obvious, have a look at what’s going on in Florida, one oft he most important swing states – Biden is slightly favoured: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/florida/ And this article explains, when we can expect the results from which states: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/both-candidates-might-fall-short-of-270-electoral-votes-on-election-night-but-how-close-might-they-get/ At any rate, when the first six states close their polling stations, it will be 1am on Wednesday morning German time More about possible polling errors: a detailed explanation in The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/02/upshot/polling-what-trump-needs-to-win.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Friday, October 30th 2020: Read here why „This isn’t 2016“ – among others, why forecasts should be judged differently from 2016: https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2020/10/five-election-reads/616920/ A comment in the Mother Jones magazine tells you “voting in America is hard”, and states: “I know how to improve elections in this country, but everyone thinks my idea is stupid”…. https://www.motherjones.com/2020-elections/2020/10/i-know-how-to-improve-elections-in-this-country-but-everyone-thinks-my-idea-is-stupid/ This is on voting, the Election Day operations, and the 50% issue: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/29/trump-suppress-vote-win-433460 Will Texas turn blue? Over 70 million have already voted, in Texas the early voting exceeds the total of all 2016 ballots https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/10/20/texas-house-race-blue-democrat-2020-429826 Thursday, October 29th 2020: Under various aspect, this election is stirring. Also regarding how long we’ll have to wait until the result is clear: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-pennsylvanias-vote-count-could-change-after-election-night/ With three new members having been appointed since 2016, and for lifetime, this article asks: How independent is the Supreme Court in working out decisions? Is it becoming a lever of politics? https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/10/29/supreme-court-begging-for-legitimacy-crisis-433573 Wednesday, October 28th 2020: An interesting question asked in the Opinion section of the New York Times: How will I ever look at America the same way again? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/opinion/trump-supporters-america.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage In most of the Western world, the right to vote is just take for granted. It is worrying that in many democratic states we see low voter turnouts again and again. Please see these personal views from people for whom the right to vote hasn’t been natural for many years. And how much voting influences their commitment for the society they live in. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/21/politics/us-immigrant-voters-2020-election/index.html Tuesday, October 27th 2020: A comment from a German news magazine today: https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/donald-trump-beschaedigt-auch-unsere-demokratie-kolumne-a-71714efc-dde0-44e3-9262-52bfda6956d6 Monday, October 26th 2020: The second TV debate was more constructive – but it is worthwhile to do some fact-checking… See here what BBC found out: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54645608 … And always worth a glance: CNN’s fact-checking site: https://edition.cnn.com/specials/politics/fact-check-politics Friday, October 23rd 2020: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/democrats-dont-need-to-win-georgia-iowa-ohio-or-texas-but-they-could/?cid=referral_taboola_feed Do you want to know what US politics has to do with playing skat? – Have a closer look to what’s happening here. Always valuable to understand what’s going on in individual states.