2020 Election Coverage | CAI

2020 Election Coverage

Nov 2, 2020

2020 brought an historic Election Day. Here's our roundup of local and NPR coverage. You can find local election results here

12:30pm - Sandwich

Voter turnout at the Forestdale School in Sandwich had slowed down by around noon Tuesday morning. There was a strong rush early in the morning.
Credit Sam Houghton

12:30pm - New Bedford

Supporters of Biden, Harris and Massachusetts ballot question No. 2 held signs in downtown New Bedford.
Credit Jennette Barnes

12:00pm - Provincetown 

Brothers Sean and Tim McNulty of The Lobster Pot in Provincetown luring voters to the polls with free chowder.Audio/Image: Bob Seay 

11:45 - Fairhaven

Luke Lariviere, 20, of Fairhaven, was happy to vote in his first presidential election. He said he usually votes Democratic, but he wasn't excited about either of the candidates this year.
Credit Jennette Barnes

11:30am - Orleans

Poll workers process early ballots in Orleans.
Credit Eve Zuckoff

Kelly Darling, assistant town clerk in Orleans, says about 65% of ballots were cast early — either in person or by mail. 

"We have three teams processing the early votes. I’m in fact doing that now to feed some through the machine… So hopefully everything at 8 o’clock will be through the machine. Baring any problems, that’s our plan," she said.   

11:00am - Dennis Village 

A voter enters Carleton Hall Precinct 1 in Dennis Village.
Credit John Basile

10:45am - Bourne  

Volunteers and paid staff processed early ballots at the Veterans' Memorial Community Center in Bourne.
Credit Jennette Barnes

10:00am - Mashpee  

Mashpee voter Phyllis Sprout outside the Quashnet School in a red Make America Great Again sweatshirt.
Credit Sam Houghton

10:00am - Chatham

Jennine Nickerson, of Chatham, says though she doesn’t always like what he says… she voted to re-elect President Trump this year. 

"He doesn’t have a political agenda. So many people that’s their career. And they’re going to talk out of both sides of their mouth just to get a vote and he doesn’t have to do that, and yay!"


Also in Chatham, Margaret Kenneway said Joe Biden earned her vote… and she does NOT want four more years of a country under Trump.

"The way he handles things is so poor. That’s mostly it. It’s him more than anything else. And I just think Biden has a humanitarian attitude, which Trump does not."

A line of about 30 people was seen at Precinct 1 in Chatham at 10am.
Credit Eve Zuckoff

9:30am - Rochester

Richard Desrosiers of Fairhaven was all decked out for the Trump rolling rally that started in Rochester this morning and headed west. He wore a label button that said, "Make liberals cry again."

Trump supporters held flags and signs outside the Rochester Senior Center this morning before embarking on a rolling rally to other polling places in Plymouth and Bristol Counties.

Trump supporters during on a rolling rally in Plymouth and Bristol Counties.
Credit Jennette Barnes

7:00am - Mashpee

Voters line up outside the Quashnet School in Mashpee before polls opened Tuesday morning. Town Clerk Deb Dami said 304 votes were cast in the first hour.

The Quashnet School in Mashpee.
Credit Mary Waygan

7:00am - Falmouth  

The line extends well onto the sidewalk at Falmouth High School.
Credit Kristin Shearer

7:00am - West Yarmouth 

Voters stand in line at 7 a.m. on election day outside Precinct 6 in West Yarmouth.
Credit John Basile

On Election Day, CAI reporters will gather local reaction across the Cape, Coast and Islands, bringing you updates during Morning Edition beginning at 6am and All Things Considered beginning at 4pm. 

Beginning at 7pm, we'll bring you live national election coverage from NPR.

At 8pm, CAI's Mindy Todd and former Cape Cod Times political reporter Geoff Spillane will discuss local results as they begin to come in. 

Stay tuned throughout the night and into Wednesday as local, regional, and national results are tallied.    

A "Be A Voter" sign sits on Main Street in Falmouth
Credit Liz Lerner


Nationally, the presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Here's NPR’s coverage so far.