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Election 2020: Election 2020

This research guide provides information about local and national elections in 2020.

Voting, elections, and beyond




This guide is for researchers interested in issues around voting, media literacy, fake news, and more. There are links provided to state and federal resources, as well as fact-checking websites and information about media bias.

Black and white photo, President Johnson signs the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Candidates & Issues

Global News Sources

Voting Laws

  • The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote in 1870. But many weren't able to exercise this right. Some states used literacy tests and other barriers to make it harder to vote.

  • The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave American women the right to vote.

  • The 24th Amendment, ratified in 1964, eliminated poll taxes. The tax had been used in some states to keep African Americans from voting in federal elections.

  • The 26th Amendment, ratified in 1971, lowered the voting age for all elections to 18.

Georgia Special Election

Why is this election getting so much attention?

The outcome of this election could have an impact on the balance of power at the national level.

Follow along on Election Night

Election information at VSU

Now what?

The Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion Presents:

BLAZE the Ballot Brave Space Dialogue: Election Results, So What's Next? 

Thursday November 5, 2020 @6:30pm, Student Union Theater. Join us in person or virtually (Scan QR code in email to register). The virtual link will be sent out 1 hour prior to the event.