Election 2020, ADVISORY

| September 22, 2020 12:09 PM

Here are today’s plans for coverage of Election 2020. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan. Find the AP’s latest coverage in our Election 2020 hub. All times are Eastern.


ELECTION 2020 - MESSAGING: The Supreme Court is now a central element of President Trump’s message, but Joe Biden wants to keep the focus on health care. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

TRUMP -MAIL VOTING - MONTANA: A federal judge in Montana is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to grant a request by Trump and Republican groups to block counties from holding the general election entirely by mail. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


SUPREME COURT -VACANCY: Senate Republicans have swiftly fallen in line behind President Donald Trump’s push to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat as one of the last holdouts, Sen. Mitt Romney, said Tuesday he supports a vote despite Democrats’ objections it’s too close to the Nov. 3 election. Trump, who will announce his nominee Saturday, is all but certain to have the votes to confirm his choice. SENT: 1000 words, photos. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2020 – HARRIS -MICHIGAN: Black voters across Michigan will be pivotal in deciding who will win the battleground state in November. But engaging them at a time of immense uncertainty because of the pandemic and unrest over the effects of systemic racism has been especially challenging. Kamala Harris travels to the state Tuesday. SENT: 1070 words, photos. Will be updated with Harris' events.

AP POLL -VIRUS OUTBREAK -ECONOMY: A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that most Americans view the nation’s economic situation as bleak. But a rising percentage also see signs of stability six weeks before Election Day. SENT: 865 words, graphics.

ELECTION 2020 -THIRD PARTIES: Third-party candidates could play a lesser role in 2020 than in years past. President Trump’s margin of victory in all three of the Great Lakes states that decided the 2016 election was less than the totals of third-party candidates, further complicating Trump’s path toward reelection. SENT: 985 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT -VACANCY -SENATE-MAINE: Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, in a tough reelection bid, is once again in a pressure cooker over an issue riveting the nation. This time it’s the battle over President Trump’s effort to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

REL -ELECTION -CATHOLIC VOTERS: For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections. Nearly every time, a majority of them have backed the winner — whether Republican or Democrat. How they vote in key battleground states this year could well decide the outcome. SENT: 1200 words, photos. An abridged version is also available.

FELONS -VOTING -FLORIDA: Democratic billionaire Mike Bloomberg is part of an effort that raised more than $20 million to help felons who have completed their prison sentences vote in the presidential election in Florida. That’s in addition to the $100 million he has pledged to help Biden win Florida. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020 -OHIO: A group of leading cybersecurity experts told an Ohio court that absentee ballot applications can be safely transmitted using email. That counters Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s assertions that the practice would open up voting to outside interference. SENT: 450 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020 -MAINE -RANKED VOTING: Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. SENT: 675 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020 - TOILET -DISPLAY: A complaint about a toilet promoted as a place to drop absentee ballots has been flushed by prosecutors in Michigan. The county prosecutor says it was intended to be a “humorous political statement,” not a crime. SENT: 200 words, photos.


AP Video is covering is President Trump's rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 7 p.m. and Kamala Harris' trip to Flint and Detroit, Michigan. Broadcast and online edits planned.

AP Video features analysis by AP reporters on the day’s campaign developments. Edits are expected by 4 p.m.


AP Photos will be with President Trump for his Pittsburgh rally and is also covering Kamala Harris in Michigan.


ELECTION 2020-ADVANCE VOTING — Interactive guide. 2020 could be the first year in which more than half of voters cast their ballot for president before polls open on Election Day. AP is tracking these changes and has crafted an interactive guide giving you everything you need to know about early voting and mail-in ballots in each state. This guide will update dynamically as updated election rules and data are made available. Source: AP Election Services. Click for a preview.