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This guide contains information about American and international governments and elections.

Election Day 2020

Election 2020

Election Day 2020 will occur on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 

Election Calendars and Important Dates:

Elections and Issues

As the country and the world grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of life have been impacted. This year's election has also been impacted already and possibly in ways we have yet to see. Below are some resources related to how COVID-19 is impacting the 2020 election cycle:

Documentaries About 2020 Presidential Election


Visit the Donald Trump tab and the 2016 Election tab of this research guide.

*The traditional town hall style debate was not held due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Meet the Candidates - 2020 Presidential Election

Meet the candidates for the 2020 U.S. Presidential election:

Political Party:

Republican (R)

Democrat (D)


Green Party

Presidential Candidate:

Donald J. Trump*

Joe Biden Jo Jorgensen Howie Hawkins
Vice-Presidential Candidate: Mike Pence* Kamala Harris Spike Cohen Angela Nicole Walker
*incumbent Winner

For more information on the candidates of the 2020 Election, including those who dropped out, visit: Click on the presidential candidate's name to be brought to their official campaign website.

Presidential Debate Schedule

2020 Debate Schedule

Presidential Debate #1

Tuesday, September 29th

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH*

Vice Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 7th

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Presidential Debate #2

Thursday, October 15th

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL**

Presidential Debate #3

Thursday, October 22nd

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

*Originally scheduled to be held at University of Notre Dame

**Originally scheduled to be held at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Further details including moderators and debate formats can be found on the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

Election Laws and Rules By State