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2020 Elections

Scroll down to find all our election coverage. You can see 2020 Bay Area ballot measures here.

We want to report on what matters most to you. If you have a question about the elections, ask it below.


On this edition of Your Call, we're opening the lines to take your show ideas for 2021. From the global pandemic and increasing inequality to the Black Lives Matter protests and the US elections, 2020 was one of the most traumatic and eventful years in recent memory.

On this edition of Your Call, we are discussing the Democratic party’s losses across the county. President-elect Joe Biden won with election with 80 million votes, but Democrats lost dozens of House seats and a number of key Senate races.

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing Donald Trump and the GOP’s dangerous attack on election integrity. Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman reports that the ultimate plan is to make it even harder to vote, especially in communities of color. 

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID surge in Europe. Countries such as England, Italy and Greece have announced new restrictions. We'll also find out how Europe is responding to the US election.

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Last November, a collective of homeless and marginally-housed mothers took over a West Oakland House owned by speculators. The mothers were making a statement: take housing from big banks and real estate tycoons and put it back in the hands of Oaklanders. They called themselves Moms 4 Housing.

One year later: two of the organizers hold political office.

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This election, voters in Richmond elected City Council members, West Contra Costa School Board members, and passed Measure U, which changes the way businesses are taxed — it would generate $5 million dollars a year for the city.

On November 3, 2020, when polls closed on the West Coast at 8pm, KALW Elections Coverage Manager Sonia Narang and News Director Ben Trefny hosted three hours of live conversation, interspersed with national reports and analysis.

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The country is starting the week with a new president-elect. For many people, it was a weekend of celebration. For others, it was a weekend of protest. And, while we’ve been directing a lot of our attention to the presidential race, we are also following the aftermath of our local elections here in the Bay Area. 

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing what the election results reveal about the state of the country. On Saturday, Joseph Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States, but he didn't win by a landslide like many expected. Biden currently has over 75 million votes and Donald Trump has over 71 million.

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What does Joe Biden's election as President of the United States mean for the San Francisco Bay Area? How does Kamala Harris' historic election to the executive office impact women, people of color, and Californians? Who will Governor Gavin Newsom appoint to the Senate seat she leaves behind?

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CORRECTION: The audio for this interview states that one Oakland measure would institute a $1,000 fine on illegal dumping. It would, in fact, remove a $1,000 limit from the Oakland City Charter for fines that violate city ordinances, such as illegal dumping.

Oakland voted on a number of local measures on Tuesday. It appears they have all passed, including ones that would remove a fine limit on illegal dumping, strengthen the police oversight commission, and lower the voting age on school board elections. Plus, four Oakland districts voted for city council and school board members.

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Progressive, pro-tenant candidates won four out of five available seats in Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Board race on Tuesday, and they’re expected to win the fifth.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the election results. While Joe Biden has broken the record for the most votes ever received by a presidential candidate: more than 72 million and counting, many wonder how Donald Trump managed to get more than 68 million votes, more than he got in 2016.

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El Tecolote is the Bay Area’s longest running bilingual newspaper. It covers areas with Spanish speaking voters, such as East Palo Alto. Looking at the 2020 election results, there have been some wins and some losses for local organizers in those communities, plus lots of conversation about the Latino vote. 

YLR: Election Night Wrap-Up

Nov 4, 2020

With all eyes on the Presidential election, just where are we now and where are we going?  Under cover of the Presidential election, two industries bought results in two of the most expensive propositions in the nation's history.  How do things bode for the future of our democracy?

YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined tonight by guest Bradley Hertz, Past President of the California Political Attorneys Association, and Emmy nominated legal and political analyst Dean Johnson.

Questions for Jeff and his guests?  Call (866) 798-8255. 

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In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor this summer, the movement to reform police departments gained momentum across the country. Yesterday, Bay Area voters overwhelmingly approved a number of local police accountability measures.

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Normally on election night, bars in San Francisco’s Mission District would be full of thirsty Democrats and blaring TVs. This year, most were shuttered. But not Manny’s — a cafe bar with a social justice mission.

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Californians voted to give certain corporations a pass on state labor laws last night.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing Election Day results. It’s still too early to call a winner as states continue to count incoming mail-in ballots. While Trump has falsely claimed a victory, Biden is ahead in electoral votes.

City Visions: Special Election Coverage 4-6pm

Nov 3, 2020

It's Election Day!  City Visions' Ethan Elkind hosts KALW's special afternoon election coverage from 4-6pm. How are you feeling?  Let us know now below, or Tweet us @cityvisionskalw, or email us at cityvisions@kalw.org.

4pm Line-Up:

Mark DiCamillo, Director of IGS Poll, a non-partisan survey of California public opinion on matters of politics, public policy and public affairs conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

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Over the past weeks, we've ramped up our voter outreach in five communities with historically lower voter turnout rates.

On this edition of Your Call, we get the latest on efforts to suppress the vote in the 2020 election. In Texas, the state’s Supreme Court denied Republicans’ petition to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast in drive-through polling places.

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It’s around 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning at the 2200 block of the Wood Street homeless encampment in West Oakland.

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Did you lose your ballot? Forget to update your address? Or have you still not registered to vote? Don’t worry: you can still vote on Tuesday.

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In San Francisco, there are 588 polling places spread out across the city. And, most elections, the city needs about 3,000 people to volunteer to work them. This year, the Department of Elections got more applicants than ever -- 14,000! They actually had to turn people away. 



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Feeling anxious about November 3? You’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, more than two-thirds of Americans say the 2020 presidential election is a significant source of stress in their lives. We’ll discuss techniques for managing the emotional toll of this election and share some tips for how to cope with the potential days or weeks of uncertainty ahead. 

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, just a day before the election, we are discussing what’s at stake for the climate. Over the past four years, the Trump administration has launched a war on science and climate scientists.

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Oakland's 14th Street was speckled with people and awash with bright swatches of paint. 

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Noble led a small group of horseback riders to the Alameda County Courthouse to turn in her ballot.

An Update On GOP Efforts To Suppress The Vote As Record Turnout Continues

Oct 29, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on early voting, problems at the polls and Republican sponsored voter suppression. Nearly 79 million people have already voted, but experts estimate that one to two percent of absentee ballots could be rejected.