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Addressing your worries: What happens when polls close, and is it safe to speculate on the timeline of results?

With election day underway, a big topic of conversation is whether we will find out the results today. In a typical election year, results for a large number of states come in right after polls close, and by the time California polls close, we have our confirmed winner.  However, this election is anything but normal. … Continue reading Addressing your worries: What happens when polls close, and is it safe to speculate on the timeline of results?

The Infamous “Nuclear Option”

On Monday, October 26th, the U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett in a 52-48 deeply partisan split. With just 8 days until the election, the confirmation was the first in history where not a single vote to confirm came from the minority party. At this point, the confirmation process is over, but questions are still circulating over how such a partisan confirmation was even logistically possible.

In-person Early Voting By State [Start Dates and Locations]

Below is a list of every state that has early voting (in person voting ahead of Election Day on 11/3). I have included when early voting starts, and a link to where you can find your early voting polling station.  Alaska Early voting starts 15 days before the election and ends the day before the … Continue reading In-person Early Voting By State [Start Dates and Locations]

Supreme Court Nominations; What’s Going On?

Last week, Amy Coney Barrett’s hearing in front of the Judicial Committee came to a close. You may have tuned in, got highlights from the news, or stayed away altogether. Regardless, a lot of people are wondering what happens next. Some are fearful at what seems like an inevitable confirmation, while others are looking forward … Continue reading Supreme Court Nominations; What’s Going On?

Defense Production Act:Brief History and Purpose

The Defense Production Act, or DPA, is a law passed in 1950 by Congress and signed into law that grants the President the power to influence domestic industry in the interest of national defense. During WW2, prior to the DPA’s passing, the War Powers Acts were used to compel private sector factories to aid in … Continue reading Defense Production Act:Brief History and Purpose

National Emergency Act and the Stafford Act

The President of the United States has certain extensive powers that come into play during a time of crisis or disaster. One of these is known as the declaration of a “State of Emergency.” Although not explicitly outlined in the Constitution, the President is allowed to issue these declarations solely at his discretion due to … Continue reading National Emergency Act and the Stafford Act