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Time Magazine International Edition November 16, 2020

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THE YOUNG IDEALISTS THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZing the Next Generation Leaders [Oct. 19] who will very likely step into critical places and save the world from self-destruction. I taught students in a law program at a state college until two years ago. Much to my joy, I started to see uplifting young people who seemed determined to contribute in a positive way to the future, whether by pursuing educations that lead to careers in service (medicine, teaching, social services) or by committing to support these efforts monetarily. This is a serious and praiseworthy change from their predecessors. In the past, the focus was often only on choosing a career that would pay the most money. Barbara J. Scheffer,PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. A QUESTION OF TRUTH RE “THINGS FALL APART” [Oct. 19]: City-council member Eddie…

1 min.
for the record

‘Our fellow citizens are not our enemies.’MITCH MCCONNELL, Senate majority leader, on Nov. 3, declaring victory over challenger Amy McGrath to win a seventh term‘I AM VOTING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND IT’S FOR SOMEONE I TRULY TRUST … ME.’KANYE WEST, musician and independent 2020 candidate, on Nov. 3; across 12 states, West received about 60,000 votes‘IT’S NOT THE SUPER BOWL. NOBODY’S GOING TO HOIST A TROPHY ON ELECTION NIGHT.’MARYBETH KUZNIK, the sole election official of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, in a pre-election interview with the New York Times, on counting votes in the hours after polls close on Nov. 3‘Today, we take this fight for Black Lives from the streets of Ferguson to the halls of Congress. We will get…

5 min.
‘it’s not my place or donald trump’s place to declare who’s won this election. that’s the decision of the american people.’

‘IT’S NOT MY PLACE OR DONALD TRUMP’S PLACE TO DECLARE WHO’S WON THIS ELECTION. THAT’S THE DECISION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.’—JOE BIDEN, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., just after midnight on Nov. 4‘WE’LL BE GOING TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT.’—DONALD TRUMP, in the East Room of the White House early on the morning of Nov. 4 THE BIG EVENT, BY THE NUMBERS As of Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., neither Biden nor Trump could claim victory. Here’s how their stats compare. GETTING OUT THE VOTE With an eager electorate—as well as pandemic-related changes to the voting process, including expanded early and mail-in voting—most states saw increased voter turnout compared with 2016 BUILDING A VICTORY With 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, each state plays its own role in contributing to…

14 min.
long division

THE CAR HORNS BLARED AS JOE BIDEN TOOK THE stage just before 1 a.m.—not to proclaim victory, but to urge his supporters not to lose hope, no matter what President Donald Trump might say. “We believe we are on track to win this election,” the former Vice President told the crowd in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 4. “It ain’t over until every vote is counted. Keep the faith, guys.” As the new day dawned and dragged on, it increasingly looked as though Biden was right. Having flipped Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin, Biden appeared to be inching toward victory. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina remained too close to call as of the evening of Nov. 4. Independent forecasters believed Biden was likely to eke out the requisite 270 electoral votes when…

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roller coaster count

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP COMmanded an early lead in Michigan on Nov. 3, only for Joe Biden to gain the advantage the next morning. The opposite was true in Ohio: Biden appeared ahead right after the polls closed on Election Night, only for Trump to overtake his lead around 10 p.m. What gives? While the President raged about the disparities on Twitter, baselessly insinuating that the whiplash was the result of fraud or malfeasance, the real answer is simple: mail-in ballots are counted at different times, and at different rates, in different states. In Michigan, Trump appeared to be ahead among ballots cast in person, but when mail ballots were tallied, that lead evaporated. In Ohio, Biden appeared to be ahead among mail ballots, but when in-person votes were chalked up, that…

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courts of last resort

IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING AFTER ELECtion Day, state officials were still tallying millions of mail-in and absentee ballots in key battleground states, and the presidential race remained too close to call. But that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from gathering his supporters in the East Room of the White House, falsely asserting he had already won, and promising he would challenge future election results in court. “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.” By the time the sun had risen, the Trump campaign had taken its cue, with top advisers calling for multiple lawsuits on the grounds that the…