WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed.That’s all thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision...

The nation faces a historic election Nov. 3 in the throes of a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 U.S. lives, widespread protests against racism and unprecedented economic devastation. It follows years of voting law changes and challenges as well as a misinformation campaign to undermine confidence in the election. States Newsroom’s collective of independent news outlets collaborated to present a sweeping picture of voter access and barriers to the ballot. We invite you to read our five-day series from across the network, publishing Oct. 5-9.

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Sept. 18-Oct. 31: Early voting

Oct. 23: Deadline to register

Oct. 23: Deadline to request absentee ballot

Nov. 3: Election day

See what’s on your ballot, check your voter registration, and locate your polling place at vote411.org, provided by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.