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Sylvia Faria, of Lakeland, Fla., wears a "vote" mask as she leaves after early voting at the Polk County Government Center Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla.  (AP) Sylvia Faria, of Lakeland, Fla., wears a "vote" mask as she leaves after early voting at the Polk County Government Center Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla.  (AP)

Sylvia Faria, of Lakeland, Fla., wears a "vote" mask as she leaves after early voting at the Polk County Government Center Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP)

By PolitiFact Staff October 19, 2020

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Misunderstanding, misreporting and even mischief after the polls close this November pose a real risk for the proper functioning of a democracy. As part of its continuing work to strengthen journalism, PolitiFact and the nonprofit Poynter Institute are hosting a public forum on Monday, Oct. 19 to explore issues around the 2020 election so that citizens and journalists can understand each others’ roles in the voting process.

Leading journalists will discuss how votes are counted, how experts project winners, how coverage priorities are balanced and how to meet expectations of voters.

Fact-checkers and media literacy advocates will assess the information landscape and make recommendations to the public about how they can be well-informed and spot misinformation for themselves.

The livestream begins at 7 p.m. ET below.

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