Editor's note: This guide was updated on Feb 12, 2020.
The 2020 primary voting season officially kicked off in February with the Iowa caucuses. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s presidential election.
2020 is a presidential election year. And there’s no such thing as being too prepared.
The Iowa caucuses kick off the 2020 election. That’s because the Hawkeye State is the first to vote in the primary season. Here’s everything you need to know about the Iowa caucuses (including what exactly a caucus is), and why it can make or break a candidate’s chance at becoming president.
It's pretty standard for voters in Iowa to get the first chance to decide the next presidential nominees. Skimm Notes explains why that is. You'll learn:
How the voting calendar got this way
Why some 2020 candidates want that to change
Why reforming the system would be a challenge
You have a date with the polls soon. Here are some of this year’s biggest primaries and caucuses:
Saturday, February 22: Nevada Democratic caucus
Saturday, February 29: South Carolina Democratic primary
March 3: Super Tuesday
March 17: Primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio; Northern Marianas Republican convention
April 28: Primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island
Every vote counts. Lucky for you, we made it really easy to check if you’re registered to vote. Do it here.
There are two. We’ll give you zero guesses about who the first one is.
Dems want the White House back. Before taking on Trump for the throne, they’ll have to fight it out among each other. Meet your candidates.
Battle time. No it's not an episode of “The Bachelor,” but it might be just as dramatic. Here's what you need to know…
Candidates are dropping their policies on everything from health care to foreign policy to climate change. We Skimm’d where they stand on…
Long presidential campaigns and inconsistent voting technology make it tough to safeguard America’s elections. And with so much at stake in the 2020 vote, these vulnerabilities are keeping a lot of people up at night. Here’s your Skimm Notes on election security. You’ll learn:
What sets America’s elections apart
Why it’s so difficult to stop the spread of misinformation
How states are getting ready for 2020
Trump's base loves their man and he's considered a lock for the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, the field of Democratic candidates is still very full and includes both VIP names and people with no political experience. Trump’s 2016 win proved that even the most unlikely and less experienced political contenders have a shot.
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It’s that time of the decade: the government is taking a headcount of the US population. Here’s what you need to know about the history of the census and what to expect this year.
China wants to pull a Jack Dawson and be king of the world.
This week marks 65 years since the historic Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The court ruled that segregation in schools -- aka keeping white kids and black kids in separate schools -- was unconstitutional.