Timeline of the 2020 election


photo by Jack Kielmeyer

Biden supporters at the Oct. 15, 2019 Democratic debate on Otterbein campus. Before the 2020 election,

Jack Kielmeyer, editor

Sept. 9, 2020

Early voting in person and the casting absentee ballot is kicked off in Alabama. (Other states will start up until Oct. 29). 

Sept. 29, 2020 

First Presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden takes place in Cleveland, OH. 

Oct. 2, 2020

President Trump contracts COVID-19. 

Oct. 7, 2020

Vice-Presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence.  

Oct. 9, 2020

The last day to request a mail-in ballot in Kentucky. (Other state’s deadline wasn’t until Nov. 2). 

Oct. 12, 2020

White House physicians report President Trump has tested negative for COVID-19. 

Oct. 15, 2020

Planned date for the second Presidential debate between President and Vice President Biden, due to the debate commission making the event virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Oct. 22, 2020

The final debate between President Trump and Vice President Biden takes place in Nashville, TN. 

Nov. 2, 2020

The deadline for Alabama, Ohio, North Dakota, Iowa, and Utah’s mail in ballots. (The rest of the nation had a deadline of  Nov. 3). 


This is also when Louisiana and Vermont’s ballots had to have been received, (Other states still accepted mail-in ballots through Nov. 18). 

Nov. 3, 2020

Election night. 


President Trump filed lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on claims of voter fraud.

Nov. 4, 2020

President Trump declares himself winner and asks for all voting to stop. 

Nov. 7, 2020

Announced by CNN that Biden wins presidency

Nov. 10, 2020

President Trump demands a recount by hand in Georgia. 

Nov. 19, 2020

Federal judges reject Trump’s election related lawsuits Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.  

Nov. 29, 2020

Wisconsin officials confirm Biden as the winner in the recount. 

Dec. 6, 2020

The Trump campaign files another lawsuit against the state of Georgia calling for  “complete do-over of the election in Georgia.

Jan. 20, 2020

Biden’s planned inaugural date. 


*All information was paraphrased from The New York Times, CNN, and FOX news