As the nation remains glued to the returns in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona, we focus on some of what we can learn from this week’s vote.
UMBC political scientist Tom Schaller joins us to talk about why the polls leading up to this week were so wrong, what a potentially divided Congress could mean for coronavirus recovery, and why both parties failed to achieve a decisive win.
In Charm City, almost none of the nail-biting turmoil of the national races: Democrats running to take or hold offices in City Hall made a clean sweep. Fairly early in the evening, Brandon Scott declared victory in the race for mayor, and voters gave Councilman Nick Mosby the nod to step into the job Scott will vacate, president of the City Council. We’ll ask WYPR reporter Emily Sullivan … and Lisa Snowden-McCray of Real News Network what’s next and what will be the impact of other choices the voters made.
We’re seeing monumental efforts to get out the vote--from letter-writing campaigns and big-name music concerts, to viral social media campaigns and more. But don’t forget about … the funeral directors. Dr. Hari P. Close, who owns a Hari P. Close Funeral Service in northeast Baltimore, tells us about “Limos to the Polls." It’s a nationwide endeavor by funeral directors to provide rides to voting centers for seniors and others who need help. Close emphasizes that the service is free and is non-partisan.
Plus, Philip Kahn-Pauli from RespectAbility describes how the needs of people with disabilities are being addressed at the polls, and in the polls.