A person wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap stands in front of a screen showing Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden at a U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The Neutral Zone

As their campaigns raged for one final day, President Donald Trump threatened legal action to stop vote counting past Election Day in crucial states while his opponent, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, vowed, “the president is not going to steal this election.”

More than 94 million have already voted, nearly double the 50 million who voted early in 2016, when 136 million total votes were counted. Unfazed, Trump sprinted through five rallies in battleground states such as North Carolina and Wisconsin while Biden spent  his time in Pennsylvania. 

Here are a few more news items as Election Eve plays out:

• Federal authorities plan to build a “non-scalable” fence around the White House in preparation for protests and unrest leading up to  the election. Trump will host a gathering that night at the White House. 

• Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany called  out “fake news” to a report  that the president would announceannouce a victory early during Election Night if he had any kind of lead. “That is the Joe Biden crowd knowing they are on the brink of defeat, making things up, and peddling it in the process,” she said. 

• Here’s a guide to dressing for success  at the polls, including a way to abide by the codes so you’ll be allowed inside. 

• Here’s another guide on how to spend  your Election Night in this one-of-a-kind quarantine election.

• Finally, in what will easily be the most important thing we report today, here’s a guide  to election night snacks.

Media Perspectives

AP Explains: The election result may be delayed. That’s OK. – Associated Press – 11/2/2020

Patience, America. We may not know who won the presidential election on Tuesday night. And if so, it does not necessarily mean anything is broken, fraudulent, corrupted or wrong.

The Day in Polls: What Trump needs to win – New York Times – 11/2/2020

President Trump’s surprising victory in 2016 gave him an aura of political invincibility. But he’s in a far bigger predicament now than the one he faced heading into Election Day in 2016. 

A Guide to the Candidates’ Claims – FactCheck.org – FactCheck – 11/2/2020

Throughout the presidential campaign we have assessed the accuracy of the claims and assertions of President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Here are some of our articles that first appeared at important campaign junctures. Click on the headlines for the full stories.

Twitter names 7 outlets to call election results – Axios – 11/2/2020

The list includes ABC News, AP, CNN, CBS News, Decision Desk HQ, Fox News and NBC News — all outlets that experts agree have verified, unbiased decision desks calling elections.

Peak Anxiety? Here Are 10 Ways to Calm Down – New York Times – 11/2/2020

In a year of unprecedented stress, the nation collectively appears to be heading toward peak anxiety this week. 

A Math Whiz on How to Stop Stressing About Election Forecasts – The Atlantic – 11/2/2020

Am I trying to calibrate the anxiety I should feel, right now, about an event over which I have almost no control? Yep, that sounds right.

Election dates to know: When ballots are due, when we might know who won and more – Impact2020 – 11/2/2020

Those who are eager to learn whether President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden comes out on top Tuesday might be in for a disappointment.

6 key questions going into the 2020 presidential election – Associated Press – 11/2/2020

Here are some key questions we are considering as the final votes are cast and counted.

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