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Long Lines, An Anxious Electorate, And 24 Hours To Go: Previewing Election Day 2020 On The Local, State, And National Stage




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A volunteer gives an "I VOTED TODAY" sticker to a woman after she cast her early voting ballot at the A. B. Day School polling location on October 17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden have one last chance to make their case to voters in critical battleground states on Monday, the final full day of a campaign that has laid bare their dramatically different visions for tackling the nation’s pressing problems and for the office of the presidency itself.

The candidates are seeking to lead a nation at a crossroads, gripped by a historic pandemic that is raging anew in nearly every corner of the country and a reckoning over race. More than 93 million people have already voted and it could take longer than usual for elections officials to process the historic surge in early and mail-in ballots. Both campaigns insist they have a pathway to victory, though Biden's options for picking up the required 270 Electoral College votes are more plentiful. Trump is banking on a surge of enthusiasm from his most loyal supporters while also threatening legal action to stop vote counting in some crucial states, including Pennsylvania. 

Meanwhile, here in Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reports pro-Trump supporters once again turned out in communities like Beverly Hills and Temecula in support of the president. In Temecula, a caravan of supporters drove for 60 miles and ultimately ended at a sports park that included a vote center, which the Times reports frustrated some voters who got caught in the traffic. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies did respond to the protest and said it was largely peaceful. 

Today on AirTalk, we’ll get updates from the national campaign trail on the day before the election as well as recap the major local political headlines from this weekend.

To find your nearest vote center or ballot drop box, click here, and don’t forget to visit KPCC’s Voter Game Plan for more on local races, state ballot propositions, and how to prepare for election day.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving

Libby Denkmann, KPCC & LAist reporter covering politics; she tweets @libdenk