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Published Oct 16, 2020

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The Union of Concerned Scientists is tackling misinformation—and fighting to keep the 2020 election fair, safe, and free from suppression or interference.

What's at stake

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The 2020 election is unlike any in modern history. Amidst the backdrop of a pandemic, we’re seeing false claims of voter fraud, deceitful robocalls targeting Black and Latinx households, unsafe or inaccessible polling places, and myriad other tactics being used to disrupt and attack our democracy.

We aren’t falling for it—and we’re fighting back. So are millions of other concerned scientists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, artists, and everyday people like you.

Mail-in voting is a safe, secure, and proven alternative to in-person voting. That’s why we’ve been fighting to make vote-by-mail available to all voters this election—and holding election officials accountable to count every vote.

On November 3rd, election day, accurate vote tallies are the priority—not a speedy result. Given the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots this year, we may not know the results of the election right away. That’s okay: there’s no legal requirement to finish counting in a single day, night, or week. What’s important is that every vote is counted, with a clear, transparent record of the results.

If a crisis unfolds, we will stay calm, count the ballots, and defend democracy. We must guard against efforts to undermine the legitimacy of mail-in votes, and resist the temptation to call a winner before every vote is counted. We will call for accountability and transparency—and we’ll demand that the election results are respected. Our country depends on it.


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