Inside the Washington Post: “This election is unlike any others we have lived through.”

An email from Steven Ginsburg, national editor of the Washington Post:

This particular election is unlike any other we have lived through. At stake is not just the outcome of the vote, but also whether people will retain the constitutional right to have theirs counted.

In addition to the presidency, there are competitive seats up for grabs in the Senate, House and state legislatures. States that haven’t been part of the swing-state conversation for decades — such as Texas and Minnesota— are being contested in the final days of the race.

The 2020 election also comes in a year marked by a deadly pandemic, a deflated economy and the most sustained civil rights marches in half a century. Americans have voted in record-breaking numbers, with many standing in line for hours to ensure they have their say.

At The Post, we have been preparing for this moment for years, and our coverage plans for the election are unlike any in Post history — and not just because we’re working from our couches.

We are preparing for any scenario.
Seventy reporters will be spread across the country talking to voters and covering what might happen next, whether it’s a legal fight over ballots or political unrest. It’s unclear how many people will vote, how quickly mail-in ballots will be counted, whether the public-opinion polls will be off again and, of course, who will win. If it’s a close election, we may not know for days.

Our elections page will help you keep track of it all — bookmark it.
We’ll be providing instant updates, results and analysis throughout the night, including key estimates of how much of the vote remains to be counted. Tune into our live show at 7 p.m. Eastern to watch some of our top reporters explain the results as they come in.

After months of around-the-clock political coverage and an election year filled with one historic story after another, our journalists will cover whatever follows with the same unrelenting energy and enthusiasm that have come to define who we are and how we cover the news.

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