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