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2020 election

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The Electoral College meets in all 50 states on Monday. In New York, officials have decided, reluctantly, to hold the event in-person, despite the rising rate of the coronavirus.

Dutchess BOE Certifies Votes

Dec 1, 2020
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The Dutchess County Board of Elections has announced that the county's votes have been certified and sent to the New York state Board of Elections.

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In New York, absentee ballot counting is just getting underway in many counties, more than a week after Election Day. Because so many more people voted by mail, 8 close State Senate seats are undecided until the ballots are processed. It’s possible the new legislative session could begin in January before some of the races are decided.

There was a fair amount of attention given before Election Day to what impact Latino voters would have on the presidential election.

Now that we know Florida and Texas went for President Trump and Arizona is still not called, though it is leaning in former vice president Joe Biden’s favor, one thing that is clear is that there is a lot left to learn about how Latinos in America engage in politics.

According to some exit polls, President Trump captured as much as 36% of the Latino vote Tuesday night. Leading to this question - Why did so many Latinos vote for Donald Trump? To investigate – we welcome Dan Irizarry, chairman of Capital District Latinos.

Tim Vercellotti
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The polling industry and election forecasters suffered another embarrassing election night that will call into question the usefulness of public opinion surveys and horse race political coverage that appeared to once again underestimate President Trump’s support.

Votes are still being tallied, meaning the final verdict on polling and forecasting may not be known for several days, but the results so far are much closer than most analysts predicted in the lead-up to Election Day.

The polls in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Texas — all states won by President Trump — were mostly wrong, though Democratic nominee Joe Biden appears to have the upper hand in the race for 270 electoral votes and is the favorite to be the next president.

Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science joins us this morning to talk about what went right and what went wrong on Tuesday.

New York State Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy
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Election Day brought mixed results for Democrats and Republicans in New York’s congressional and legislative races. Republicans were quick to claim victory, but Democrats, who will remain in the majority no matter the outcomes of contested races, say the record number of absentee ballots need to be counted first and it might take weeks.

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On Election Day, Massachusetts voters embraced a ballot measure that would standardize vehicle data access while rejecting one that would instate a ranked choice voting system in 2022.

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Many New York State Senate races have not been called, and might not be for weeks, until the record number of absentee ballots cast this year are counted.

Polling place St. Andrew's Church in Albany
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Voter turnout has been high at many Capital Region polling sites today despite nine days of early voting and an expanded mail-in option during the pandemic.

Live: 2020 Election Updates And Results

Nov 3, 2020
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Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.

Voters line up in the snow outside the Bought Community Fire District building in Cohoes in Albany County on Oct. 30, 2020.
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Voters in New York who have not cast their ballots early, in-person or by mail, go to the polls Tuesday. While Democrat Joe Biden is heavily favored to win the state over President Donald Trump, there is plenty of action in congressional and state races for voters to weigh in on. 

Incumbent Assemblyman Phil Steck, Challenger Dave Feiden
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In New York’s 110th Assembly District, Republican Dave Feiden is trying to unseat fourth-term Democrat Phil Steck on Tuesday.

Book cover for "Strangers in their Own Land" by Arlie Hochschild
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In the days following the 2016 election, I [Joe Donahue] was drawn to a book published just as the fall campaign was getting underway. It helped me understand the election and the forces roiling in the country. The book was: "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right" by sociologist Arlie Hochschild.

Almost a decade ago, she ventured into the Republican heartland, the state of Louisiana, and stayed there, on and off, for about five years. During that time, she grappled with what she called the "deep story" of voters who were determined to elect Donald Trump as their next president.

Four years later and a day before election day, I wanted to check in with her again. In what has become the most factious era of U.S. politics, I feel like I need help – help understanding. I called Hochschild and asked if she could join us to dissect what is happening within our nation. More accurately – what has happened, what is happening and what will happen – beginning with tomorrow.

Hochschild is Professor Emerita in the department of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.

11/2/20 Panel

Nov 2, 2020
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, Albany Law School professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson, and President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State Heather Briccetti.

New York State Capitol
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All of the 212 seats in the New York State legislature are up for election this year. There are more than a dozen contested seats in the state Senate, where Democrats are favored to win many of the contests and potentially gain a supermajority. But Republicans say they hope to gain some seats, too. 

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As America gears up for Election Day on Tuesday, the head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts says the most important aspect is that voters have faith in the process. WAMC spoke with Carol Rose about the group’s efforts to train nonpartisan poll watchers to ensure that the election is carried out with integrity.

10/29/20 Panel

Oct 29, 2020
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         The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee,  investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

A white man with white hair gesticulates while wearing a suit jacket.
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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey is running for his second full term in next week’s election. The Democrat defeated Congressman Joe Kennedy III in September’s Democratic primary, and now faces Republican Kevin O’Connor in a contest he is expected to dominate. Markey – who endorses expanding the Supreme Court – joined his party in voting against the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday. He spoke with WAMC about that vote, and why he’s pushing to enshrine women’s access to abortion in Massachusetts law.

10/28/20 Panel

Oct 28, 2020
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     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University Fran Berman, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

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Today we welcome UAlbany Political Science Professor Sally Friedman for this special election open forum discussion. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

10/27/20 Panel

Oct 27, 2020
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

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A group that represents more than 30 labor unions and 30,000 workers across Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties in Western Massachusetts says it’s ready to strike if President Donald Trump attempts to manipulate the outcome of the election. Lydia Wood of the Western Mass Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO spoke with WAMC about the resolution it released ahead of next week’s vote.

10/23/20 Panel

Oct 23, 2020
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, and Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer.

Gary Greenberg
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The race for New York’s 46th state Senate District seat, which includes parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster Counties, and all of Montgomery and Greene Counties, includes a write-in candidate. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Gary Greenberg.

Judy Patrick and Ray Graf
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It's The Week In Review today with WAMC's Ray Graf, Alan Chartock, and the New York Press Association's Judy Patrick.

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A Dalton, Massachusetts man was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court Tuesday on a charge of burning personal property after being accused of setting a political display on fire Friday.

10/8/20 Panel

Oct 8, 2020
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    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany Adjunct Professor Rosemary Armao, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler.

Kevin O'Connor (left) and Senator Ed Markey (right) headshots made into a split composite photo.
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   The two candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts held their only debate of the general election Monday night. 

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Today is national voter registration day and voting rights groups are encouraging people to register and make a plan for how they will cast their ballot.

Several leading New York elected officials held a Zoom session to launch "Vote WFP"
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Several leading New York elected officials held a Zoom session to launch "Vote WFP" in a bid to keep the Working Families Party on the statewide ballot after November’s election.

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