US Election 2020: First Polls Have Closed In Record-Breaking Presidential Election
The first polls have closed in this year’s record-breaking US presidential election, with Donald Trump and Joe Biden going head-to-head for the White House.
Prior to Election Day, more than 102 million voters cast their ballots, either by mail-in or early in-person voting. According to the US Elections Project, this is around 72.8% of the total votes cast in 2016.
While the full outcome of the election may not be known by the end of the evening, the first results will start to come in soon after the closure of polls in some parts of the country.
As of 7.00pm ET/12.00am GMT, polling stations in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia have closed. Indiana’s eastern polls closed an hour earlier, with the west now ceasing operation. Georgia, generally a Republican state, would mark a key victory should Biden flip it.
Early voting suggests astronomical numbers to come. As per The Guardian, Michael P. McDonald, a professor from the University of Florida, estimates voter turnout across the country at 67% – which would be the highest figure since the early 1900s.
Biden earlier told supporters in Philadelphia: ‘We’re going to have more people vote this year than any time in American history.’
The next polls will close at 7.30pm ET/12.30am GMT in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. Key battleground states like Florida and Pennsylvania will close an hour later.
Florida will be a big state to watch, particularly in lieu of other results delayed as a result of voting measures and prohibited early counts in other parts of the country.
Trump earlier said, as per AP News: ‘I think it’s terrible that we can’t know the results of an election the night of the election. I think it’s a terrible thing when states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over.’
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