It's the day before Election Day

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 11:09 PM ET, Mon November 2, 2020
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10:00 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

It's too late to mail in your ballot. Here's what to do instead.

From CNN's Zachary B. Wolf

A woman deposits her ballot in an official ballot drop box at the satellite polling station outside Philadelphia City Hall on October 27 in Philadelphia.
A woman deposits her ballot in an official ballot drop box at the satellite polling station outside Philadelphia City Hall on October 27 in Philadelphia. Mark Makela/Getty Images

USPS says it needs seven days to safely deliver ballots. We're now just one day away from Election Day.

Bottom line: If you've got a mail-in ballot, you probably shouldn't mail it.

Luckily, there are other alternatives including drop boxes, early polling places or old fashioned voting on Election Day at a polling place.

Voters in most places can deliver their absentee or mail ballots directly to their election offices to sidestep any potential mail delays. There's usually also the option to vote early or on Election Day. Repeat: The mail-in window is about closed.

In states that allow the counting of ballots received after Election Day — including the battleground states of Ohio, Iowa and Nevada — it's still possible too use the postal system and be outside that seven-day recommended time period.

9:52 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Twitter labels and restricts Trump post about voting in Pennsylvania on election eve 

From CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan

Twitter labeled a tweet from President Trump “disputed” and restricted its sharing on the eve of the election after he criticized a Supreme Court decision to allow counting of ballots received up to three days after Election Day in Pennsylvania.

In the tweet posted Monday evening, Trump baselessly claimed the court’s decision would "allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws.”

Adding, "It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!”

Twitter placed a label on the tweet and removed the ability for the post to be retweeted. The label reads, "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process.” 

The same message from Trump was also posted to his Facebook page

Facebook placed a label on the post but did not restrict how it could be shared. Facebook’s label also did not specifically call out the claims as being false. It reads “Both voting by mail and voting in person have a long history of trustworthiness in the US. Voter fraud is extremely rare across voting methods.” 

Neither company labeled the tweet as inciting violence.

10:03 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Bernie Sanders hosts event for progressive leaders to rally support for Biden 

From CNN's Greg Krieg and Annie Grayer 

Joe Biden was not their first choice. In many cases, he wasn’t their second or third. But for the past few months, progressives have joined in a popular front with centrists and moderates to back the Democratic nominee.

On Monday night, leaders of the left wing of the Democratic Party and progressive candidates gathered for one last push to demonstrate that their agenda is still on the ballot.  

“Tonight is really an historic evening,” Sanders said, kicking off the event and setting up to discuss how far the movement has come since his first run for president five years ago. 

“Our multi-racial, multi-generational movement is not only transforming the Democratic party, but we are transforming politics throughout the entire country. We are producing ideas that just a few years ago were considered radical, but are now mainstream and are supported in most instances by a strong majority of the American people," the two-time presidential candidate added. 

After ticking through the progressive agenda, from Medicare for All to a Green New Deal, Sanders turned the conversation squarely to tomorrow’s election and how progressives should approach it. 

“It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated, and that Joe Biden be elected. But what we also know is that the election tomorrow is the end of the process. For many of us it is the beginning of the process.”

Sanders, who endorsed Biden immediately upon his leaving the Democratic primary earlier this year, has focused his efforts on turning out young people, Latinos and blue collar workers – the core of his base – for months. 

Most notable was his partnership with the Biden team in forming “unity task forces” this spring, which brought together allies of both men to hash out their differences and seek some common ground. For Sanders and progressives, the project yielded a meaningful movement on climate policy from the former vice president. 

This summer, Sanders delivered a sharp, 10-minute speech at the Democratic National Convention making the case against Trump – and for Biden. 

“To everyone who supported other candidates in the primary,” he said, “and to those who may have voted for Donald Trump in the last election: The future of our democracy is at stake.” 

Sanders has also been banging the drum over Trump’s persistent claims that the election, because of the explosion of mail-in voting, is rigged against him or in some way illegitimate. In September, Sanders and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, wrote a letter to Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, asking for hearings that would have sought to reassure Americans about the process. 

"We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election," Sanders and Schumer wrote at the time. "To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process." 

McConnell declined. No hearings took place. 

When in-person, social-distanced campaigning began again for Democrats, Sanders hit the road for drive-in rallies and events – five of them in three states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. He also hosted a virtual event with Sen. Kamala Harris last week, where he promoted the Biden economic agenda, in particular the latter’s support for increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

In all, Sanders has hosted more than 20 live-streamed events with political leaders, activists, union chiefs and even a few pop stars. Over the last weekend, he took part in four get-out-the-vote events targeting Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nevada. 

9:18 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Harris strikes optimistic tone in Philadelphia tonight

From CNN's Jasmine Wright

Kamala Harris struck an optimistic tone, delivering her headline election eve speech to her largest in-person crowd since joining the ticket, outside Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

“We are empowered. We are optimistic about our future. We know the strength of unity. We know the strength of America," she said.

Harris sought to cast an image for the future should she and her running mate Joe Biden be victorious.

“We will confront, not condone White Supremacy,” Harris said to the hundreds of cars in attendance and the hundreds who left their vehicles to crowd around the barricades that enclosed the stage.

“We will begin the work of healing and repairing and united our nation. Democrats and Republicans, and independents and people of all races and all backgrounds. We know that's how we've always overcome our greatest challenges — together. And you know Joe gets that. Joe understands that. You see Joe is a leader who understands what the American people are going through. He sees us,” she added. 

And the VP hopeful, as she has since joining the ticket, implored people to get to the polls— asking supporters in their cars to honk if they had texted people to make sure they voted.

“Because we all know from the time the polls open tomorrow morning until they close, every minute counts. So we cannot let up because it ain't over till it's over,” Harris said.

She took the stage, in a new outfit from her earlier campaign events, to an avalanche of applause. In the diverse crowd, her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. sisters were representing, unleashing a flurry of signature skee-wees when Harris mentioned those who have been strolling to the polls.

Harris ended as she typically does, a call that looks into the future, asking what they will say when their grandchildren ask them what they did in this moment.

8:35 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Trump says he'll visit a campaign office tomorrow: "Perhaps in Virginia"

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez and Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump speaks to the press at General Mitchell International Airport, on Monday,  November 2, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
President Donald Trump speaks to the press at General Mitchell International Airport, on Monday, November 2, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters Monday he is likely to make a stop at one of his campaign field offices on Election Day.

He suggested he would visit an office in Virginia.

“Tomorrow morning we’re going to go probably to one of our offices but for the most part I think we’ll be — you’ll be coming with us I imagine, but we’ll be going over to one of the offices. Perhaps in Virginia. It’s been an amazing day,” Trump told reporters on a tarmac in Milwaukee ahead of a rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin, his fourth of five Monday rallies.

Trump is expected to be at the White House as election results begin to come in Tuesday evening.

8:20 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Trump rallies in Wisconsin ahead of Election Day

From CNN's Betsy Klein 

President Trump has landed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ahead of his Kenosha rally. He will travel here by Marine One. According pool, he’s running about 40 minutes late.

Thousands of mostly maskless supporters are waiting on a tarmac on this chilly evening. The sun set at 4:45 p.m. and it is windy. A majority of attendees are wearing red MAGA hats. 

Kenosha County, nestled between Milwaukee and Chicago, went narrowly for Trump in 2016. Trump received 46.85% of the votes here to 46.52% for Hillary Clinton. But many supporters here are from neighboring counties, as well as Illinois.

7:26 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Losing the election could mean Trump is more vulnerable to criminal investigations and civil cases in progress

From CNN's Erica Orden

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One on Monday, November 2, in Miami.
President Donald Trump boards Air Force One on Monday, November 2, in Miami. Evan Vucci/AP

Occupancy of the White House isn’t the only thing that hangs in the balance for President Trump on Election Day.

Should Trump lose, he will become much more vulnerable to the criminal investigations and civil cases in progress during his presidency, which include probes examining possible fraud in his financial business dealings as a private citizen – both as an individual and through his company – and lawsuits sparked by his denials of accusations made by women who have alleged he sexually assaulted them.

Two of those cases have seen developments in recent weeks.

One of the biggest threats to Trump is an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney that has led to a court fight over whether a state grand jury can obtain years of Trump’s financial records, including his tax returns

The Supreme Court is now set to decide whether to further delay enforcement of a subpoena for those financial records after Trump’s attorneys filed a brief in mid-October to argue for a stay of the “unprecedented” document request.

Last week, a federal judge denied the Justice Department's effort to effectively end a defamation lawsuit against Trump brought by a longtime magazine columnist, E. Jean Carroll, who has alleged he raped her in a luxury department store dressing room, allowing the case to proceed. Trump has denied her claims.

8:15 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Sam Donaldson: The US has not been this divided since the Civil War

News legend Sam Donaldson spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper on "Full Circle" today about the state of the US on the eve of a historic presidential election.

"I don't think it's been as divided since the Civil War as it is today," Donaldson said. "We've been going in that direction."

He went on to say Republicans and Democrats used to work together on making deals.

"Now, if you try to make a deal with the other side, you're the enemy," Donaldson said.


7:10 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Judge grants partial victory for GOP in lawsuit against Clark County

From CNN's Stephanie Becker and Jessica Schneider

Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled Monday that the GOP is not entitled to personal information about election employees and contractors because of “valid security concerns.” 

Clark County's Registrar of Voters will need to turn over some of the information the Nevada Republican Party and the Trump campaign asked for about the process, scheduling and transportation of ballots, but not until Nov. 20. 

Gonzalez also reminded the Republicans that some of what they were requesting is already available on the county website. She will hold a status hearing on Nov. 20.

During the hearing Monday, Gonzalez sharply questioned Republicans during a hearing.

Gonzalez expressed skepticism about a lawsuit filed by the Nevada Republican Party and the Trump campaign seeking detailed records related to Clark County’s plan for processing and overseeing ballots cast, including party affiliation of the county’s counting board and the political makeup for the counting board on each shift.

The lawsuit claims county officials failed to turn over information in response to detailed public records requests submitted by attorneys for the campaign and the state Republican party.

Gonzalez, who is presiding over the hearing, has no party affiliation. She acted exasperated at several points during the hearing and questioned the attorney representing Republicans, saying “how on earth” they expected the county to respond to and fulfill many of the voluminous document requests.

The registrar of voters for Clark County, Joe Gloria, gave a detailed description of the election work his department is doing, telling the judge that he has had to employ more than 300 temporary workers to meet the demands, and his department does not have time to gather and release the detailed data Republicans have requested. Republicans acknowledged that they have received a substantive response to at least some of their requests.

Nevada Republicans lost an effort to alter voting procedures in the county earlier Monday when a judge denied their request to change ballot processing and observation procedures, and denied their effort to stop using a signature matching machine. The judge found that the Clark County registrar's office complied with the state law requiring a plan for public viewing of the ballot count.

Heavily-democratic Clark County includes Las Vegas and encompasses roughly 70% of the state’s voters.