An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of U.S. residents who had died due to COVID-19 at the time of publication. The correct number was just over 229,000 as of Nov. 4, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Votes for the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections are still being counted in key swing states.
But here in Memphis and across the country, one of the biggest stories got lost in the drama of voting: Some Memphians had to campaign, vote and celebrate (or mourn) in conditions made unsafe by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In some cases, candidates and supporters had to limit campaigning and attendance at watch parties. Live-streamed videos struggled to capture the tenacity of Memphians engaged in democratic participation.
MLK50 photographers were at rallies, polling locations and watch parties throughout the week. What we saw was a city trying to come together around the state of our nation — despite a pandemic that has forced us to separate, mask up and make accommodations to protect the most vulnerable. More than 229,000 people in the United States have died due to COVID-19.
Here’s how Memphis pulled together — safely — on Election Day.