Presidential election results 2020

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Veronica Rocha, Melissa Mahtani and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 2:44 p.m. ET, November 23, 2020
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11:28 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Pennsylvania official's reminder to voter: "Vote counting is never finished on Election Day"

From CNN's Kelly Mena

Voters wearing protective masks wait in line at a polling location for the 2020 Presidential election in Havertown, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. 
Voters wearing protective masks wait in line at a polling location for the 2020 Presidential election in Havertown, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.  Jennifer Huxta/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar on Tuesday reminded voters to have patience and that not all vote counting is finished on Election Day. 

“Vote counting is never finished on Election Day and if we stop counting ballots on Election Day, we will be disenfranchising all the men and women who serve our country, all the military and civilian overseas voters whose ballots by law must be accepted up to seven days after the election," she said.

“I know that none of us want to disenfranchise all of the military and overseas voters as well as millions of other Pennsylvania voters who have exercised their fundamental right to vote,” she added. 

“We are the only ones that can actually declare results of an election or an election count being over," said Boockvar. “Everyone should have patience.” 

11:34 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

White House election night party reduced to 250 attendees

From CNN's Jamie Gangel

A vehicle sits outside the White House on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington.
A vehicle sits outside the White House on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP

The number of people attending today's White House election night party has been reduced to 250, one source familiar tells CNN.

This source added that all guests will receive a rapid test for Covid-19, and each guest will receive a testing bracelet. 

CNN previously reported that as many as 400 people could attend. 

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11:15 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Fences around the White House went up overnight in anticipation of possible unrest

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Construction workers set up additional fencing near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.
Construction workers set up additional fencing near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Fences surrounding the White House went up overnight. Authorities say there are no credible threats at the moment, but they want to take precautions for any worse case scenarios that may come about tonight or in the coming days, CNN’s Vivian Salama reports.

Crews worked around the clock to put up non-scalable fences that are eight-feet high and four-feet wide. Each panel is locked together, Salama says, standing on the west side of the White House.

In total, there is 52 acres surrounding the White House are fenced off. Lafayette Park is also fenced off since many protests took place there over the summer over George Floyd’s death. Authorities are trying to keep people as far away from the White House complex as possible, Salama says. 

This adds to businesses preparing for possible unrest across the national capital as well as some other areas around the country. Businesses are putting up boards and plywood as a caution against any vandalism that may occur in the event of possible unrest. 

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11:09 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Nebraska election official wants voters to disregard "stay safe and stay home" robocall

From CNN's Paul Murphy and Donie O’Sullivan 

An election official in Nebraska is warning people to disregard an anonymous robocall telling people to "stay safe and stay home." 

It's currently unclear who is responsible for the robocall, but when the call is picked up, a robotic voice tells people, “This is a test, stay safe and stay home." 

A CNN employee in the Atlanta area received the call within the past hour.

The number that appears to be calling is, "spoofed." That means that the entity responsible for the robocall has disguised the real number and is making the number that pops up look like it's from a local number.

This robocall is nothing new, or specific to Election Day. Users on social media have been complaining about similar robocalls as far back as July.

However, given the fear of voter intimidation on Election Day, some election officials are issuing statements on the call.

"The Secretary of State Office has received reports of anonymous phone calls to voters telling voters to 'stay home and stay safe,'” the Nebraska Secretary of State's office posted on Twitter early Tuesday morning, "Our polling places across the state are open. Our voters and our poll workers will be kept safe. 'Elections matter and your vote counts.'"

Asked about reports that emerged yesterday of robocalls and text messages being sent in Florida and Michigan to suppress the vote, a senior official at the Department of Homeland’s cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency said, “those sorts of things happen every year,” during a background call with reporters. 

CNN has reached out to the FBI for comment on the calls.

CNN's Geneva Sands contributed to this report.

11:15 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Joe Biden signed the wall of his childhood home on Election Day

From CNN's Sarah Mucha

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden visits his childhood home with his granddaughters in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 3, 2020. 
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden visits his childhood home with his granddaughters in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 3, 2020.  Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Biden visited his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, this morning. While there, he signed one of the living room walls.

“From this house to the White House with the grace of God. Joe Biden 11-3-2020," he wrote.

Here's what it looks like:

11:25 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

USPS reports another drop in on-time movement of mail ballots

From CNN’s Paul P Murphy

Election officials begin counting absentee ballots at City Hall on November 03, 2020 in Beloit, Wisconsin. 
Election officials begin counting absentee ballots at City Hall on November 03, 2020 in Beloit, Wisconsin.   Scott Olson/Getty Images

For the fifth day in a row, the US Postal Service moved fewer ballots on-time in critical battleground states than it did in the previous day, according to new court filings.

Five of the states with low processing scores — Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, New Hampshire and Maine — do not allow ballots to arrive after Election Day.

The continued drops in performance mean ballots are now at significant risk of not arriving to election offices in time to be counted. In more than half of the states, mail-in ballots will not count if they arrive after polls close.

A higher processing score means that a higher percentage of ballots are traveling through the mail system on time. 

The Postal Service said that on a national level, it moved fewer ballots on time on Sunday and Monday than on Friday, with the service’s overall processing score dropping from 91% to 90%. Scores have been steadily declining since Wednesday, when USPS reported it moved 97% of ballots on time.

The Postal Service reported that it moved at least 740,864 ballots on Sunday and Monday.

Some critical battlegrounds states are still experiencing a drop in processing scores below 90%.  

Just 52% of the Atlanta district's ballots, and 69% of ballots in wide swaths of North Carolina moved on-time on Sunday and Monday, the USPS reported. The two districts had the lowest processing scores in the US. 

Fewer than than 80% of ballots in Pennsylvania and Ohio were moved on time, with Central Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley sinking into the low 70s. Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Maine all had processing scores well below the 90% mark.

These figures do not include ballots being returned through what USPS calls "local turnaround." That's the process USPS says some post offices have implemented, where ballots are being delivered directly to local boards of election -- they are postmarked, but don't go through normal mail processing.  

USPS has reiterated that the delays are largely due to staffing shortages due to Covid-19.    

To fix the issues, USPS has provided "multiple layers of operational oversight,” is coordinating closely with the USPS inspector general, and has been holding daily troubleshooting calls with problem areas. 

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10:59 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Voting lines moving quickly across Georgia, secretary of state's office says

From CNN’s Jason Morris 

Voters line up to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Emerson, Ga.
Voters line up to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Emerson, Ga. Branden Camp/AP

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office told CNN that as of Tuesday morning, there are still 224,773 absentee mail ballots outstanding in the state that have not been returned by voters yet.       

Voting continues to move quickly across the state, according to Ari Schaffer, the press secretary for Raffensperger.  

As of 10:30 a.m. ET this morning, the average statewide wait time to cast votes is 3 minutes, Schaffer told CNN.  

10:51 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

More than 2.5 million mail-in and absentee ballots returned in Pennsylvania

From CNN's Kelly Mena and Sara Murray

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced on Tuesday that more than 2.5 million mail-in and absentee votes have been returned. 

The ballots returned represent more than 81% of the more than 3 million ballots sent out, according to Boockvar. 

10:40 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Polling machines back up in one Georgia County after technical issues

From CNN's Holmes Lybrand

Spalding County, Georgia, south of Atlanta, has resolved issues with their polling machines.

Earlier, the county reported a system-wide issue with polling machines and posted this message on Facebook:

“We are aware of a county wide technical issue with all polls. Provisional ballots are being delivered to every location. Expect to wait in longer lines until the issue is fixed."

The issues have now been resolved.

The county updated their Facebook post to say:

“All polling stations in each precinct are now up and running as they should be.”

Trump won Spalding County with 15,636 votes in 2016, compared to 9,347 votes for Hillary Clinton. 

UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect that the polling machines are back up