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There’s a lot at stake for rural America this election. Our voter guide gathers up Daily Yonder reporting and resources to help rural voters participate and make their voice heard.

The Basics – What You Need to Know

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020


The Issues

Covid-19 Is on the Ballot

The lives of more than 20,000 rural Americans have been claimed by Covid-19.

Source: USAFacts.org

Check out our Covid-19 dashboard for more coverage on the pandemic in rural America.


Healthcare Is on the Ballot

From January 2010 to 2019, nearly 100 rural hospitals closed. Of those, 1 in 3 were critical access hospitals.

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration


Addiction Is on the Ballot

Overdose death rates for opioids and methamphetamines are higher in rural areas than urban ones.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Broadband Is on the Ballot


Justice Is on the Ballot


Your Post Office Is on the Ballot

9 of 10 voters have a favorable view of the Postal Service. Yet from 2010 to 2020, nearly 700 Post Offices closed across the country.

Source: Pew Research Center, United States Postal Service


Our Land, Water, and Air Are on the Ballot


Democracy Is on the Ballot


What Else Is on the Ballot? – Tell Us Your Rural Voter’s Agenda

To help guide our election coverage, we’re asking our readers what issues are most important to them. Tell us what you think the candidates and campaigns should be talking about, and we’ll strive to keep those issues in focus.


Continuing 2020 Coverage

Stay tuned to the Daily Yonder for more news and information as the election season continues.

The Race for the White House: The Candidates Make Their Rural Pitch

More Politics Stories

Analysis and Data

The Rural Buzz – A Special Series on Rural Social Media Activity

This Yonder-exclusive series analyzes the political sentiments of rural social media users in six battleground states.

From the Rural Campaign Trail

As the Votes Are Counted – Don’t Miss a Story

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Looking Back

The 2018 Midterms


Before You Go Vote – Preview Your Ballot

The Race for the White House

Donald Trump (Incumbent)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Rural Policy Proposals: No listed rural plan from campaign website or party platform.

Vice Presidential Candidate: Vice President Michael Pence (Incumbent)

Joe Biden

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Rural Policy Proposals: The Biden Plan for Rural America (via campaign website).

Vice Presidential Candidate: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)

What Else is On Your Ballot?

This sample ballot tool originated as a project of The Chicago Reporter and is provided with support from Newspack and the American Press Institute. Candidate data is sourced from Ballotpedia.
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