What to expect on Election Day: experts weigh in

The Polls will open for early voting in Ohio on Oct. 7. (Source: Wikimedia Commons / Tom Arthur)
The Polls will open for early voting in Ohio on Oct. 7. (Source: Wikimedia Commons / Tom Arthur)
Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 at 8:10 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND (WOIO) - With just six days until Election Day, Ohio is breaking records for early voting.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday 2.2 million people have already cast a ballot; that surpasses the 1.9 million people who voted early either in-person or absentee in the entire 2016 election.

19 News' Neeha Curtis spoke with Dr. Lauren Copeland of the Community Research Institute at Baldwin Wallace University and Dr. Joseph White, professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Copeland and Dr. White told us what we can expect on election night and the role Ohio plays in the election.

Dr. Copeland warned the first results we see Tuesday night might not be an indicator of the final outcome.

“What we’re likely to see is this huge blue wave in the beginning, and then we’re going to see Trump start cutting into that lead," Dr. Copeland said. "So it may be the case that we end November 3, it’s 11:59pm. And we see Biden doing very well, but as they count more and more ballots, that Trump starts cutting into that lead.”

Dr. White said we might not know the outcome of the election until days later.

“In some states, they’ll be able to count ballots that are received until two or three days after the election,” Dr. White said. “And when you have that kind of situation, it’s quite possible that the ballots received after the election are going to change the result. So you just have to wait”

Watch more of the interviews with Dr. White and Dr. Copeland:

Election Day Preview

It's the question everybody wants an answer to: what's going to happen on Election Day? Neeha Curtis spoke to experts to get an idea of what we can expect Tuesday.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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