Oct 24: HHS announces that the military will provide a logistics-only role in administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
Oct 25: Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff, says that the White House is “not going to control the pandemic. … We are gonna control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas.” Meadows explains that the administration will not control the pandemic “because it is a contagious virus, just like the flu.” VP Pence continues campaigning despite positive cases in his staff.
Oct 26: The Republican-controlled Senate votes to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court. President Trump tweets, “The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election. Losers!” The U.S. Election Project reports that nearly 60 million Americans have early voted. The State Department says that it has halted employee diversity and inclusion training programs.
“Long line of voters in Baltimore as early voting starts in Maryland,” AFP, https://youtu.be/QdZZpLFeSKk
“More than 10-Hour Wait and Long Lines as Early Voting Starts in Georgia,” The Guardian, October 13, 2020. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/13/more-than-10-hour-wait-and-long-lines-as-early-voting-starts-in-georgia.
Joseph, Cameron, and Rob Arthur. “The US Eliminated Nearly 21,000 Election Day Polling Locations for 2020.” Vice, October 22, 2020. https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkdenn/the-us-eliminated-nearly-21000-election-day-polling-locations-for-2020.
Kinder, Molly, Laura Stateler, and Julia Du. “The COVID-19 Hazard Continues, but the Hazard Pay Does Not: Why America’s Essential Workers Need a Raise.” Brookings (blog), October 29, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-covid-19-hazard-continues-but-the-hazard-pay-does-not-why-americas-frontline-workers-need-a-raise/.
I’m on my way to the Senate floor to vote no on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Health coverage for millions of people hinges on who fills this seat. It’s clear that this nominee has the potential to do great harm to the American people.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) October 26, 2020
ACB's confirmation process demonstrates that the Republican Senate can move incredibly fast when they think something is important.— Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) October 26, 2020
They just didn't think COVID relief was important.
In front of RFK stadium in Washington DC, a memorial to Americans who have died from COVID-19. It goes and goes and goes. pic.twitter.com/fV7VvAVJEO— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) October 26, 2020
The FBI has failed to produce a legally required report detailing the scope of white supremacist and other domestic terrorism, despite mounting concerns that the upcoming election could spark far-right violence.https://t.co/SU4fGdIFsy— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 26, 2020
Minutes before Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed Supreme Court rules 5-3 to throw out ballots in Wisconsin that are postmarked by Election Day but arrive after. 80,000 ballots were counted in primary that arrived after Election Day but were postmarked by then https://t.co/qEZGQBzpOv— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) October 26, 2020
Facebook is reportedly considering changing users’ news feeds and slowing the sharing of viral content if election violence becomes a reality https://t.co/XqxFZbUR9o— New York Magazine (@NYMag) October 25, 2020
When I hear that the 3rd wave of Covid is hitting the U.S. ..plus the election is next week plus we in a recession ..plus winter is coming, holiday season coming, we all broke, and Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes are being delayed this year pic.twitter.com/5oHdrptDz0— Tony. (@SoLyrical) October 26, 2020
There are three domestic based threats for in person voting on November 3rd: vote suppression, the pandemic, and threats or fears of violence (which is intended to suppress). Then there are foreign threats. All a headache and mess, yes. Each different in terms of preparation.2/— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) October 25, 2020