SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's election is coming to a close with last-minute voters donning face masks to cast their ballots at polling places.
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed Election Day into election month for many places in California. County election officials mailed ballots to all active registered voters for the first time this year to encourage them to avoid in-person polling places during the pandemic.
The secretary of state reports nearly 12.8 million people voted before Election Day. There's little drama at the top of the ticket, where Democrat Joe Biden is expected to easily win the state's 55 electoral votes.
All eyes are on battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Georgia and Michigan. Trump began the day on an upbeat note, predicting that he’d do even better than in 2016. Biden was also upbeat, praising the voter turnout.
Voters in the U.S. are marking the end of a fraught U.S. election season at the polls. They're casting the last of what will likely be a record-setting number of ballots.
At least 101.9 million people voted early, meaning turnout is expected to reach record levels despite a global pandemic that has upended long-established election procedures and triggered hundreds of lawsuits.
Problems occur every election, and this one is no different. There were long lines early in the day and sporadic reports of polling places opening late and equipment issues in counties in Georgia and Ohio. This was all expected given past experience and the issues created by the pandemic.