After all the primaries, campaigning, polling, Trump endorsements, Democratic anxiety, and historically unprecedented spending, Election Day 2022 is just hours away. The voting across the nation will determine control of the House and Senate for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s first term in office, as well as the outcome of numerous gubernatorial races, ballot initiatives, and in some states, races that could have a profound impact on abortion and voting rights. We’ll be tracking the latest developments up to, during, and after Election Day below.

Getting elected to office is an expensive proposition. According to the nonpartisan group OpenSecrets, Democrats, Republicans, and outside PACs spent a total of $16.7 billion this cycle — surpassing the previous record set in 2018 of $14.1 billion. A few superlatives:

On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it will be monitoring polls in nearly half of states for “compliance with federal voting rights laws” and will also be accepting complaints submitted by the public. In 2020, the department’s civil rights division sent monitors to just 18 states and 44 jurisdictions. On the DOJ’s list this year are areas that were at the center of debunked election integrity accusations such as Philadelphia and Arizona’s Maricopa County, but also several counties in Alaska, Nevada, and Queens County, New York.

In the aftermath of the 2020 election, promoters of election fraud lies centered many of their claims around mail-in voting, casting aspersions on a commonly used method of voting. Now, ahead of this year’s midterms, Republicans in swing states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan are seeking to disqualify countless mail-in ballots for reasons such as not dating the outside envelope of the ballot or an incomplete written address for a witness. The lawsuits are being pursuedwhere races are expected to be especially tight and where even the thinnest of margins could potentially determine who controls Congress. The Washington Post reports:

Over the past two years, Republicans have waged a sustained campaign against alleged voter fraud. Experts say the litigation — which could significantly affect Tuesday’s vote — represents a parallel strategy of suing to disqualify mail ballots based on technicalities. While the rejections may have some basis in state law, experts say they appear to go against a principle, enshrined in federal law, of not disenfranchising voters for minor errors.


The suits coincide with a systematic attempt by Republicans — led by former president Donald Trump — to persuade GOP voters to cast their ballots only on Election Day. Critics argue that the overall purpose is to separate Republicans and Democrats by method of voting and then to use lawsuits to void mail ballots that are disproportionately Democratic.

If the 2022 midterms didn’t seem foreboding enough on their own, there will be a total lunar eclipse during the early hours of Election Day. For those of us up early enough prior to the polls opening on Tuesday, the phenomenon will begin around 3:02 a.m. EST with the moon appearing to dim, according to NASA. The moon will then enter the Earth’s shadow at approximately 5:17 a.m. At this time, which is known as “totality,” the moon will take on a deep red hue, hence why it’s frequently nicknamed a “blood moon.” It will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2025.

Intelligencer’s Jonathan Chait writes that there is truth in the now all-to-familiar Democratic Party slogan:

The most obvious ramifications for democracy lie in those races where Republican candidates for governor and secretary of state who openly support Trump’s election claims are vying for direct control of the election apparatus. It is difficult to predict the effect on 2024 of, say, a Doug Mastriano or a Mark Finchem having legal authority over the elections, but the downside risk is enormous.


The “democracy is on the ballot” skeptics are generally ignoring these contests and instead referencing races for Congress. But here, too, the elections pose a significant peril. The most obvious is that the 2024 election may again come down to a congressional vote to authorize the results of the Electoral College or to pick between competing slates of electors. In 2021, that vote was a formality, but a Congress controlled by Republicans would likely offer a Republican election challenge more than gestures of support.

Read the rest of Jon’s thoughts here.

As far as state parties go, Arizona Republicans have been among the most conspiratorial of the many GOP groups proposing there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election — including unsubstantiated claims that mail-in voting last cycle was manipulated in favor of Democrats. But as the Senate and governor’s races tighten to within a few points, the Arizona GOP is now encouraging voters to use mail-in ballots and drop boxes the’ve been condemning for years. The Washington Post reported Sunday that Republicans in the state are concerned that their own rhetoric on mail-in voting could stop many likely GOP voters from casting their ballots at all. According to a Post analysis, Republicans are way behind their pace of mail-in votes in Maricopa County, the home to Phoenix which often decides close races in the increasingly purple state.

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After all the primaries, campaigning, polling, Trump endorsements, Democratic anxiety, and historically unprecedented spending, Election Day 2022 is just hours away. The voting across the nation will determine control of the House and Senate for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s first term in office, as well as the outcome of numerous gubernatorial races, ballot initiatives, and in some states, races that could have a profound impact on abortion and voting rights. We’ll be tracking the latest developments up to, during, and after Election Day below.

Getting elected to office is an expensive proposition. According to the nonpartisan group OpenSecrets, Democrats, Republicans, and outside PACs spent a total of $16.7 billion this cycle — surpassing the previous record set in 2018 of $14.1 billion. A few superlatives:

On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it will be monitoring polls in nearly half of states for “compliance with federal voting rights laws” and will also be accepting complaints submitted by the public. In 2020, the department’s civil rights division sent monitors to just 18 states and 44 jurisdictions. On the DOJ’s list this year are areas that were at the center of debunked election integrity accusations such as Philadelphia and Arizona’s Maricopa County, but also several counties in Alaska, Nevada,........

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