Washington In less than a month, millions of Americans will be deciding who will move into the White House: Trump or Biden. The most important dates for the presidential election in the USA at a glance.
President Donald Trump (74) is running for a second term, his challenger is former Vice President and Democrat Joe Biden (77). The Republican Trump wants to continue to rule with Vice President Mike Pence (61), Biden in the event of an election victory with Senator Kamala Harris (55). In the event of an election victory, she would be the first woman and first black woman to hold the office of vice president. Here are the most important dates for voting at a glance.
October 15: Second TV debate between Trump and Biden (meanwhile canceled)
Trump and Biden should get together for the second TV duel from 03.00 CEST (October 16). Since Trump was infected with the corona virus, the debate should take place virtually. The President does not want to accept that. His election team suggested that the date be postponed by a week. The second duel has since been canceled.
October 22: Third TV debate between Trump and Biden (cancellation possible)
The final duel is scheduled in Nashville, Tennessee starting at 3:00 AM EDT (October 23). Trump’s electoral team would also like to postpone this date by a week.
November 3rd: presidential election
The polling stations in the different time zones will be open until the evening, So after Central European Time (CET) until the morning of November 4th. Some states have different time zones, which is why polling stations are open longer in some regions. Most of the polling stations in the states include:
Midnight CET (6 p.m. local time): Indiana and Kentucky
1 O ‘clock CET (7 p.m. local time): New Hampshire, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont and Florida.
1:30 CET (7.30 p.m. local time): Ohio, West Virginia
2 O ‘clock CET: Alabama, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennesee (7 p.m. local time) Georgia, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island (8 p.m. local time)
2.30 a.m. MEZ (7.30pm local time): Arkansas
3 o’clock MEZ: Arizona, Kansas, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colordao, New Mexico (7pm local time), Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin (8pm local time) New York (9pm local time)
4 o’clock CET: Nevada (7 p.m. local time), Montana, Utah (8 p.m. local time), Iowa (9 p.m. local time)
5 o’clock CET: North Dakota, (9 p.m. local time), Oregon, California, Idaho, Washington (8 p.m. local time), Hawaii (6 p.m. local time)
6 o’clock CIT: Alaska (8 pm local time)
In the past presidential elections, the winner was usually determined on election night. However, experts assume that this year, because of the pandemic, significantly more people will vote by postal vote. Therefore, the counting of votes could be significantly delayed – by a few days or even longer.
December 14th: The election winner is formally elected by the electors
The number of electors in a state corresponds to the number of US senators and congressmen sent from there and is thus roughly based on the number of inhabitants. The electorate will vote 41 days after the presidential election, this year on December 14th. They are guided by the result in their state – in many states the electors would otherwise face a penalty. In order to become president, a candidate must win at least 270 votes.
January 6, 2021 – Announced in Congress
The start date for the new congress is therefore January 3rd. On January 6, the US Congress will officially announce who will be the next President and Vice President at a joint session of the two chambers of parliament from 7:00 p.m. CET.
January 20, 2021: Swearing-in and assumption of office of the election winner
The new president will then take his oath of office (“inauguration”) on January 20 at a festive ceremony in front of the Capitol in Washington from 6:00 p.m. CET.