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AP to explain its critical role in elections in American Press Institute event series

The Associated Press and the American Press Institute’s Trusted Elections Network will hold a series of presentations beginning this week that explain the essential role AP plays in U.S. elections and advise journalists and the public on what to expect on and after Election Day.

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A sign for absentee voting is displayed as people wait over four hours for early voting at Fairfax County Government Center, Sept. 18, 2020, in Fairfax, Virginia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Each week for the next month, AP journalists will discuss how they are approaching key election issues, from accounting for an influx in mail-in voting to countering misinformation, and share insights with local news outlets.

The Associated Press is the most trusted source of information on election night with a history of accuracy dating to 1848. AP collects and verifies U.S. election returns in every county, parish, city and town across the country, covering races down to the legislative level in every state. This year AP will declare winners in some 7,000 contests.

API’s Trusted Elections Network comprises newsroom leaders, voting and civic organizations, academic institutions, legal experts and others who are working to advance accurate reporting to address misinformation and other threats to secure, trusted elections.

The presentations begin on Wednesday with a primer on how AP calls races.

Sessions include: 

  • Sept. 23: Decision desk: Declaring election winners in a global pandemic
  • Sept. 30: Counting the vote: When to expect election results
  • Oct. 7:  Polling best practices: Using voter surveys to tell good stories
  • Oct. 14: Combating election misinformation with facts

All sessions run from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. They are free and open to the public. Panelists and additional information can be found here.

Register online.

Learn more about the critical role AP plays in U.S. elections: www.ap.org/understanding-the-election


About AP

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world’s population sees AP journalism every day. Online: www.ap.org

About API

The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change. It is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization affiliated with the News Media Alliance.

Contact

Patrick Maks
Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press
212-621-7536
pmaks@ap.org

Andrew Rockway
Senior Community Manager, Elections
The American Press Institute
224-392-1093
andrew.rockway@pressinstitute.org