US elections: What you need to know right now

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to reporters outside the Delaware State Building after casting his ballot.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to reporters outside the Delaware State Building after casting his ballot.
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  • A US judge is set to consider whether Houston officials should thrown out 127 000 votes.
  • The 2020 election has seen a record number of mail-in ballots.
  • US President Donald Trump has previously declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.


US President Donald Trump hunts for support in four battleground states while Democratic rival Joe Biden focuses on Pennsylvania and Ohio during the final day of campaigning in their race for the White House.

Trump trails Biden in national opinion polls. But the race is seen as close in enough swing states that Trump could still piece together the 270 votes needed to prevail in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner.

- A federal judge in Texas will consider whether Houston officials should throw out about 127 000 votes already cast at drive-through voting sites in the Democratic-leaning area. The case has been brought by a Republican state legislator and others who accuse the Harris County clerk, a Democrat, of exceeding his authority by allowing drive-through voting as an alternative during the coronavirus pandemic.

- The election has all the ingredients for a drawn-out court battle over its outcome: a highly polarised electorate, a record number of mail-in ballots and some Supreme Court justices who appear ready to step in if there is a closely contested race.

READ | 10 moments that defined the 2020 US presidential campaign

- When lifelong Democrat Mayra Gomez told her 21-year-old son five months ago she was voting for Trump, he cut her out of his life. Bitter splits within families and among friends over Trump's tumultuous presidency will be difficult, if not impossible, to repair, even after he leaves office.

- In George Floyd's hometown of Houston, a season of protest ends at the polls.

- Every US presidential election has its own lingo, like the "hanging chads" on voting cards in Florida that led to a landmark court battle in 2000. A look at some of the jargon used in the days leading up to the 3 November election.

- There have been pockets of unrest in battleground states ahead of the showdown between Trump and Biden in Tuesday's election. Trump, who previously declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he decides results are fraudulent, could bring in the military or federal agents to quell civil unrest on Election Day. A look at the laws that give Trump authority in this area, and the limitations on his power.

BY THE NUMBERS

Biden's lead has widened a little in the final days of the 2020 campaign in three critical Rust Belt states that Trump narrowly won four years ago, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls released Sunday. Biden leads Trump by 10 percentage points in Wisconsin and Michigan, and the presidential nominee is ahead by seven points in Pennsylvania.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Cuba has more at stake in the 3 November election than most Latin American countries as the Trump administration has focused much of its foreign policy in the region on measures it says are aimed at bringing about democracy in the country.

Biden has promised to push his own tax proposals on day one if he wins Tuesday's election including raising the corporate tax to 28% and doubling the rate to 21% on overseas profits from patents, copyrights and trademarks.

ALSO READ | Win the vote but still lose? Behold the US Electoral College

The 3 November election could have dramatic effects on various stocks and sectors. A look at potential stock winners and losers.


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