What time do the polls close for the 2016 election? This is one question on just about everyone’s mind today as the American people anxiously await the results of the presidential race. According to Politico, the earliest polls close today at 6 p.m. EST, the latest at 1 a.m. EST.
That said, results will start pouring in around 9 p.m. EST with a better overall idea of how this election is going to go by 10 p.m. EST. While there is a chance that the election could be called around 11 p.m. EST, this is less likely to happen if the numbers are close.
Many media outlets have said that results could be pouring in all night and that the election won’t be called until after midnight.
Below the map is a list of the closing times of polls all over the country.
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6 p.m. – Indiana, Kentucky
7 p.m. – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia
7:30 p.m. – North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
8 p.m. – Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas
8:30 p.m. – Arkansas
9 p.m. – Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Wisconsin, Wyoming
10 p.m. – Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah
11 p.m. – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Washington
After the election polls close, we will have a much better idea of who is going to win the 2016 election. Most polls are expected to go as predicted, but the swing states (including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina) will more than likely determine who will be the next president of the United States.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, it’s going to be a tight race determined by the electoral colleges in the battleground states. So far, Donald Trump is closing the gap in many of these states and has even bumped Hillary Clinton down a point or two. There is a good chance that Trump can take these states, especially if people who are expected to vote get to the polls by the time they close.
Before the election polls close, Trump and Clinton have been making their final pushes. They have both been calling into television and radio stations and have been trying to encourage everyone to get to the polls and get their votes in.
There have been long lines at the polls all day, and some of the highest voter turnouts are expected in various districts all over the country. According to the Telegraph, this could cause a delay in results. Here is what you can look forward to as the evening progresses.
“The magic number is 270 electoral college votes – each state, plus Washington DC, is awarded a certain number of electoral votes based roughly on size. When the winner is beyond doubt, the losing candidate calls the winner to concede. Both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump will give a speech: one to claim victory and the other admit defeat. But there is always the possibility – as happened in 2000 – that at the end of Election Day we may still not know who has won.”
While Florida is a key state in this election, Ohio is also important. The state has always voted for the party that took the White House. In early voting, Donald Trump’s chances of winning Ohio look really, really good. In fact, he’s looking good in quite a few key areas as of now.
“National surveys suggest Mr. Trump is poised to fare far better among white voters without a degree than Mr. Romney did four years ago, even if the same surveys show Mrs. Clinton in the lead. He leads that group by an average of 30 points in recent national surveys, compared to Mr. Romney’s 23-point edge in 2012. If the polls and reporting are correct, Mr. Trump could make big gains in places that have been Democratic strongholds for generations, like Scranton, Pa.; Youngstown, Ohio; or Duluth, Minn,” reports the New York Times.
The first election polls close in just three hours.
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