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Debate set up an 11-day battle to decide the election. Here's what happens next
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Debate set up an 11-day battle to decide the election. Here's what happens next

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The latest headlines and other things you should know today from the 2020 election. 

There are 11 days until Election Day. Here's today's latest.

President Donald Trump's and Democratic rival Joe Biden's campaigns are assembling armies of powerful lawyers for the possibility that the race for the White House is decided not at the ballot box but in court.

They have been engaging in a lawyer's version of tabletop war games, churning out draft pleadings, briefs and memos to cover scenarios that read like the stuff of a law school hypothetical more than a real-life case in a democracy.

Dozens of attorneys for the Republicans and the Democrats are already clashing in courts across the U.S. over mailed-in ballot deadlines and other issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. And as Trump tries to sow doubt in the legitimacy of the Nov. 3 election, both sides have built massive legal operations readying for a bitterly disputed race that lands at the Supreme Court

“We’ve been preparing for this for well over a year," Republican National Committee Chief Counsel Justin Riemer told The Associated Press. "We’ve been working with the campaign on our strategy for recount preparation, for Election Day operations and our litigation strategy.”

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Q&A

Q: Can you trust the U.S. Postal service to deliver your ballot on time?

A: If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it's best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3.

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Q: What states vote early, and when are those votes counted?

A: All states allow some form of early voting, be it by casting votes in person at polling places, voting by mail, or both. But each state has its own rules and timelines on when this occurs. Some started in September. Some don’t start until mid-October, or even closer to Election Day on Nov. 3.

Q: What happens if the U.S. election is contested?

A: Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. The Constitution and federal law ensure it.

Here's what happens after voters go to the polls on Nov. 3:

In other election news:

What happens after the election?

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