Hannah Lazarte for The Atlantic

To the average American citizen, the time between Election Day and Inauguration Day feels like a rest period after all the energy and efforts that went into getting out to vote. But there’s a whole checklist of to-do’s before the next president is inaugurated. Let’s break down all the steps that go into the transfer of presidential powers into three key phases.

“Planning Phase”

Well before Election Day, starting in April or May, members of the transition team are assembled. This team meets with members of Congress, the current administration, the General Services Administration, the Office of Government Ethics, the…


“I demand a recount!” was splashed all over headlines during the 2000 Presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. 20 years later, President Trump and his administration demanded the same following the official calling of Joe Biden as the nation’s president elect. How often do recounts happen? Can they change the outcome of an election? Are recount laws the same in every state? Today we dive into recounts and how much (or how little) they affect the final results of an election.

Supports of Al Gore and George W. Bush in front of the Supreme Court in 2000

Before a recount is an option, it’s a good starting point to understand the basic steps…


I remember the first time I received a sample ballot in the mail. Ripping open the envelope, out poured pages and booklets filled with terms, candidates, and propositions I didn’t know much about. There was no way I could vote confidently without diving into what could be hours of research. Lucky for you, we put together a list of handy resources to use when preparing your ballot.

Start with Voterly’s Smart Ballot

If you’re a first-time voter or haven’t gotten around to doing the research, ballot fatigue can kick in big time. You lose patience or start to feel unsure…


For the 2020 Election, 28 states require employers to give time off for their employees to vote. Here’s a quick rundown to ensure your workplace won’t prevent you from pulling up to the polls this year.

source: Dallas Legal Examiner

Can I take time off of work to vote?

Depending on your state, you may be allowed up to 3 hours off work to vote. Check with your HR department to confirm if the time off is paid or unpaid. Most but not all states enforce policies to protect employees from being fired or disciplined for taking time off during the workday to vote…


As election day draws near, cases of voter suppression are emerging throughout the country and most significantly in Texas — a key battleground state. Mail-in ballots became a popular choice of voting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fear of postal delays following the defunding of the United States Postal Service prompted counties to set up safe dropbox locations for voters to deposit absentee and mail-in ballots. Barely a month from Election Day, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an order limiting each county to one dropbox location. This forced Harris County, the largest county in Texas with over 4.5 million residents…

Ingrid Liggayu

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store