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US election 2020: What date is it, how does it work and what are the key swing states?

Author : Rozina Sabur

Source : The Telegraph

Will Donald Trump defeat Joe Biden to win a second term in the White House? Everything we know about the election so far
18:30, 14 October 2020

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The 2020 US election is less than a month away, but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown many aspects of the race into uncertainty.

The big question is how the election will be affected by Donald Trump being diagnosed with Covid-19. The president's health will be carefully monitored in the next few days and should he become seriously ill it could significantly impact the election.

His positive result already triggered a wave of speculation about what could happen to the US government, the US election, the handling of the pandemic and more.

The virus has already dramatically affected the running of the election.

The Republican and Democratic conventions were unlike any other - with both parties avoiding the usual jamborees filled with thousands of supporters, party officials and reporters from across the globe.

Related: Trump returns to election campaign after recovering from Covid-19

It is also unclear what election day itself will look like, given the risk of catching the virus by voting in person.

A record number of people are expected to vote before November 3 by opting for postal votes. Election experts suggest this could mean the result may not be declared on election night, but may take several days - or even weeks - to emerge.  

With the coronavirus pandemic expected to impact public life well into the autumn, the 2020 election is likely to go down in history as one of the most unconventional US presidential races ever held.

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