How To Stream The Election Results

If you don't have a television, figuring out how to stream the election results on Nov. 8 can be something of a nightmare. At least, it has been in the past. Fortunately for those of us without the gift of cable, there are more options to follow the 2016 election in real time than ever before. Presidential elections are rarely boring in the United States, but the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been particularly difficult to predict — no amount of missteps seem to dissuade Trump's hardcore supporters, and every time you think they're put to rest, Clinton's emails resurface yet again.

On Nov. 1, just over a week before Election Day, ABC News reported that the candidates are "all but tied" across the nation after support for Clinton dropped slightly. Even if you're experiencing political fatigue after months of election coverage, chances are you're going to want to tune in to the results next Tuesday. It's easy for people with access to cable, but if you're stuck with the Internet as your only source of news, there are plenty of options for streaming the results. Here are six ways to stream the election on Nov. 8.

Major News Sites

If you're watching from a laptop, virtually every major news site offers a live streaming option. CBS News, ABC News, MSNBC, and Reuters are all free to access. CNN Go requires a TV subscription after a 10 minute preview, but the section of their website dedicated to election coverage is free to access.


If you don't have access to a laptop, you can still access coverage through a smartphone. Virtually every major news outlet has a free mobile app: CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, and TIME are just a few examples, and they'll all be covering the election.


In mid-October, BuzzFeed announced it was partnering with Twitter for a special live stream on election night, filmed in the BuzzFeed offices in New York City. No starting time has been announced yet, but you'll want to head over to Twitter to catch the coverage.

Local News

Aside from network news, local stations often offer live streaming as well; you can watch ABC 7 New York, for example, on its website. Check out your nearby stations to see if they're offering election coverage online.


NPR streams live radio on its website, and you can bet they'll be devoting time to election coverage. When your eyes get tired of staring at electoral maps, you can still listen to the results.

Interactive Maps

If watching reporters dissect results isn't your thing, you can see the results out for yourself on online electoral maps. According to CNET, Politico's map will be updating in real time as results come in on Nov. 8, or check out NBC's "battleground map."

If all else fails, you can always use an old standby: Refreshing Facebook. You can bet people aren't going to keep their opinions on the election results to themselves.