Live Updates: Election 2020

by The Reflector Staff
Published: Last Updated on

Editor’s note: This live blog was updated with updates on the 2020 election in Indiana and its results. For more information on how we covered the election, click here, and to see our past election coverage, click here.


8:40 a.m. ET — Nov. 5: Coverage concludes

Our coverage on this live blog has concluded. For updates on the results of the presidential race which is still undecided, click here.

11:30 a.m. ET: UIndy to host post-election events

Our Path Forward – An Interfaith Service

Time: Nov. 4 from 12-1 p.m.

Location: University Chapel at University Heights United Methodist Church 

At the University Chapel at University Heights United Methodist Church, the community, regardless of faith and political opinion, can attend an Interfaith Service on Nov. 4. At the event, attendees will ask for guidance towards the restoration of a more unified country and will pray for the community and the University of Indianapolis moving forward out of the election, according to an email from Vice President for Student and Campus Affairs and Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli. 

For those who are attending in person, they should plan on wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing, according to Vitangeli’s email. The service will also be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, according to Vitangeli’s email.

The event is sponsored by UIndy’s Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs.

Processing Post-Election: Anxiety, Stress, and the Unknown

Time: Nov. 5 from 7-8 p.m.

Location: Virtual

The Counseling Center will be hosting a post-election Google Meet discussion that will have facilitators guiding conversations on Nov. 5. People of all beliefs, backgrounds and political opinions are welcome to join the moderated discussion, according to Vitangeli’s email. They will also offer strategies to cope with anxiety and stress risen by the electoral process.

If students, faculty and staff would like to attend the event, they should email Alyssa Alonso for the Google Meet link, according to Vitangeli’s email. The event is sponsored by the Student Counseling Center.

– Madison Gomez | Online Editor & Co-Business Manager

11:15 a.m. ET: Election results update

Here’s the latest results from national and state races.

10:16 a.m. ET: Popular vote update

9:32 a.m. ET: Results update

Here’s the latest results from national and state races.

1:00 a.m. ET: Coverage update

We are going to pause our coverage for tonight and will continue it in the morning unless substantial developments appear that would warrant an update.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

12:36 a.m. ET — Nov. 4: Electoral College update

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is currently leading in the Electoral College with 223 electoral votes, according to the latest data from the AP.

11:45 p.m. ET: Electoral College update

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is currently leading in the Electoral College, according to the latest data from the AP. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to become the next President of the United States.

11:14 p.m. ET: Weinzapfel concedes Indiana attorney general race

Democratic Indiana Attorney General Candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel has conceded the attorney general race to Todd Rokita, the Republican candidate. In a statement, Weinzapfel congratulated Rokita on his victory and said that while his campaign is disappointed in the outcome, that he could not be more proud of their efforts and the issues they raised.

Weinzapfel’s full statement can be read below:

“I want to congratulate Attorney General-elect Todd Rokita on his victory. While we are disappointed in the outcome, I could not be more proud of the effort we made and the issues we raised. 

As you’ve heard me say before, I entered this race because I didn’t like the direction the incumbent Attorney General was taking our state. We ran in response to his embarrassing personal behavior and partisan lawsuits that only hurt Hoosier families. We ran to restore honor, integrity and purpose to the office.

And while our campaign fell short, I am proud of the issues we raised. From supporting the governor’s mask order, to opposing the ACA lawsuit, to issuing plans to help the state recover from the pandemic, to a plan to legalize marijuana to fund schools and make long overdue improvements to our criminal justice system — these were all issues that were worth raising – and will continue to be defining issues in our state.

I want to thank my campaign team: Bill Stuart, Kristen Self, Kristin Jones, James Powell, Jeff Harris, Lara Beck, Jason Critchlow, Nolan Born, Greg Ulrich, Cindy Collier, Rep. Ryan Hatfield, Adam Kirsch, Conner Klotz, our consultants and the Democratic Attorney General Association for their great work, support, and professionalism. 

And, thank you to all of my supporters, contributors and all of the passionate Hoosiers I met on the campaign trail. You inspired me in a time when we all really need a little inspiration.  

Most importantly, I want to thank my family. My wife, Patricia, and our children, Nathaniel, Benjamin, and Eleanor, were with me every step of the way, through the ups and downs, always fighting my fights with me. My sisters drove me all over this state, fed me, and provided lodging through the campaign. And, my Dad and other siblings cheered me on at every step. 

My only regret is that my father in law and my mother were not able to share this experience with me and our family. They would have had plenty of advice to offer and would want to know every single detail. They would have loved the campaign.

Our state and nation have a lot of healing to do, and while I may not be the next Attorney General, I plan to remain an active citizen fighting for causes and issues I believe in. I hope all my supporters do too. The fight is not over.”

10:46 p.m. ET: Indiana GOP chairman congratulates Trump, Holcomb, Rokita on Indiana wins

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer released the following statements congratulating President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on their Indiana win, Gov. Eric Holcomb on his re-election as governor, and Todd Rokita on winning the attorney general race.

Trump: 

“Once again Indiana is first on the board for President Trump and our own Hoosier Vice President Mike Pence,” Hepfer said in the statement. “Indiana will be watching the national returns come in tonight and looking forward to four more years of the Trump-Pence administration!”

Holcomb: 

“Hoosiers have developed a personal bond with Governor Holcomb as he’s led this state over the past four years,” Hupfer said in the statement. “Tonight, Hoosiers have given the Holcomb-Crouch team four more years to keep building One Indiana for All. The historic vote of confidence of Governor Holcomb means his singular focus throughout his second term in office will remain ensuring that Indiana and all Hoosiers continue to have opportunities to prosper.”

Rokita:

“Todd Rokita will be a great Attorney General for the people of Indiana and we’re thrilled at his hard-fought win,” Hupfer said in the statement. “Todd will fight every day to protect the rights of all Hoosiers. He will operate as Attorney General with a level of honor and fortitude that will make all Hoosiers proud.”

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

10:19 p.m.: Todd Rokita wins Indiana attorney general race

Republican Todd Rokita has won the Indiana attorney general race, according to the AP.

10:02 p.m. ET: Here’s the results of a wait time poll sent out earlier today

The majority of the respondents waited not long or very little time in line today.

9:46 p.m. ET: Rokita leads in Attorney General race

Republican Indiana Attorney General Candidate Todd Rokita is ahead of his Democratic opponent, Jonathan Weinzapfel, with Rokita having 72.4% of the vote and Weinzapfel having 27.6% of the vote.

A winner has not been declared in the race yet.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

8:57 p.m. ET: President Trump wins Indiana

Incumbent Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, has won the state of Indiana, according to a race call from the AP.

8:00 p.m. ET: Track the results with our interactive graphics

7:49 p.m. ET: The latest results from the Indiana Presidential Election

7:03 p.m. ET: Eric Holcomb re-elected governor of Indiana

Incumbent Eric Holcomb, the Republican candidate for Indiana governor, has won re-election, according to a race call from the AP.

6:47 p.m. ET: Quick update on national results

Here’s a quick update showing the popular vote for president as of right now.

6:11 p.m. ET: Polls are now closed in the eastern parts of Indiana

Polls are now closed for voters in the Eastern Time Zone portions of Indiana. For those in the Central Time Zone, there is less than 50 minutes before polls close.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

5:33 p.m. ET: Polls close in Eastern parts of Indiana in less than 30 minutes

For those in the Eastern Time Zone portions of Indiana, polls will close in a little less than 30 minutes. For those in the Central Time Zone, it will be a little less than an hour-and-half before they close.

If you are still in line when the polls close, you will still be able to cast your vote.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

4:00 p.m. ET: Two hours left to go to the polls in the Eastern Time portions of Indiana

Polls will be open for about two more hours for those in the Eastern Time Zone in Indiana. It is about three hours for those in the Central Time Zone. 

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

2:09 p.m. ET: Indiana attorney general candidate Todd Rokita tests positive for COVID-19

Todd Rokita, the Republican candidate for Indiana attorney general, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to RTV6.

Rokita has developed some symptoms and will watch election results from his home tonight, according to RTV6.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

1:57 p.m. ET: Let us know how long you had to wait to vote

– Madison Gomez | Online Editor & Co-Business Manager

1:51 p.m. ET: Marion County voters can cast ballots at any vote center

Voters in Marion County can cast their ballots at any voter center, according to the Marion County Election Board.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

1:41 p.m. ET: FBI reminds Indiana residents to report incidents

The FBI’s Indianapolis field office has reminded Indiana residents to report any allegations of voter intimidation, fraud or illegal foreign influence if they see it.

Incidents can be reported at tips.fbi.gov, or by phone at (317) 595-4000.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

1:35 p.m. ET: How to find out how long the wait times are at polling places

If you are wondering how long the wait times are to vote at polling locations in Marion County, you can go to Indy Vote Times to see their estimated wait times. Indy Vote Times is a non-partisan, citizen-led, independent effort that relies on volunteers to manually calculate and report wait times, according to their website.

You can also find out about wait times by checking out the Marion County Election Board’s Twitter account, where they have been tweeting out updates on the wait times throughout the day.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

1:05 p.m. ET: Less than five hours left to vote in Eastern Time Zone portions of Indiana

Polls will be open for a little less than five hours for those in the Eastern Time Zone in Indiana. It is a little less than six hours for the polls to close in the Central Time Zone. 

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

12:48 p.m. ET: UIndy Athletics pauses activities for today

UIndy Athletics has paused all athletic-related activities to allow student-athletes and athletics staff more time to vote today.

https://twitter.com/UIndyAthletics/status/1323625581481779200?s=20

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

12:47 p.m. ET: UIndy President’s Cabinet issues Election Day message

In an email to students, faculty and staff, University President Robert Manuel, along with his cabinet, asked that the campus community listen to each other and to share ideas respectfully as this is a tense and thought provoking time for the country, according to the email. 

Out of an abundance of caution, there will be extra UIndy Police patrols around campus this week, according to the email. The university is encouraging the community to say something if they see something.

Students, faculty and staff can report any suspicious activity by calling 911 or UIndy Police directly at (317) 788-3333, according to the email.

Manuel and the cabinet said the campus community should make time for self-care today, especially if there are people who are feeling anxious about the election results. If anyone is needing mental health assistance, they can find resources on the Student Counseling Center’s website or by contacting the center via phone at (317) 788-5015. 

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

10:46 a.m. ET: CDC guidance on voting if you have COVID-19

People who are currently sick with or are in quarantine due to COVID-19 can still vote in-person, according to guidelines published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 1. 

Voters should let poll workers know that they are sick or in quarantine when they arrive at the polling location, according to the CDC guidelines. They should also take steps to protect poll workers and other voters by wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting, according to the CDC guidelines.

The CDC recommends checking with local authorities for additional guidance. If you are in Marion County, you can contact the Marion County Election Board at (317) 327-VOTE or (317) 327-5100.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

9:00 a.m. ET: Early voting update

The polls have now been open for three hours. Make sure to bookmark this page as we will provide more updates closer to 6 p.m., when the polls close for parts of Indiana that are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Prior to today, 1,712,012 votes have already been cast in Indiana through early voting, according to data from the U.S. Election Project at the University of Florida. The project uses data from the Indiana Secretary of State’s office.

As of 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 3, 497,468 mail-in ballots have been returned out of 580,021 requested mail-in ballots, according to the project. 1,214,544 in-person votes have been cast during early voting, according to the project. The total of early votes is 61% of the total votes cast during the 2016 general election in Indiana, according to the project.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

8:57 a.m. ET: SLAB offers shuttle to polling places

The University of Indianapolis Student Leadership and Activities Board is offering a free shuttle to three polling locations in Marion County today. The shuttle service will go to three locations, according to Vice President for Student and Campus Affairs and Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli’s email:

The shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 and will depart from the Bell Tower.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

8:55 a.m. ET: Polling locations

If you are registered in Marion County, you can find your polling location by going to the Indy Votes website

If you are registered to vote in another Indiana county, you can go to your county’s election website or go to the Indiana Voter’s Portal.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

8:50 a.m. ET: Coverage begins

Good morning everyone! Election Day is finally here. The Reflector will be providing updates throughout the day on the election, and once polls close, we will post election results as soon as they are available.

– Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief

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