Politics

7 Ways To Follow The Election Results As They Roll In

Maps, alerts, feeds, live blogs, and more.

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By Lauren Holter and Bustle Editors

Tuesday's the big day. The New York Times reported that more than 97.6 million ballots have already been cast in the 2020 election on Nov. 2, breaking the early turnout record that had been set in 2016. If you want to stay on top of what's happening on Election Day and beyond, there are myriad ways to follow the 2020 election results as they begin to roll in Tuesday night.

Along with the presidential election results, we'll see results from Senate, House, and governor races this year. As you may recall from the 2016 election, final tallies can come in after Election Day, and this year, because the pandemic led to an increase in mail-in votes, it may take days — or weeks — to count the votes and call a winner. But just because we may not know the winner of the 2020 presidential race on Nov. 3, you still may want to keep tabs on specific states and other races.

Polls in certain states close at 7 p.m. local time on Nov 3., and some swing states — Florida, Iowa, Ohio, and Texas — who count their early and mail votes before Election Day votes may finish on Tuesday.

How you follow the election results depends entirely on how you prefer to stay up-to-date on the news. Here are a few options to consider.

Turn On The TV

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Naturally, the focus of every national news station on Tuesday will be the 2020 election; and depending on what you're into, there's probably a news station that fits the bill. While CNN and Fox News usually feature pundits from opposing sides of the aisle, C-SPAN's coverage will be more straightforward on Election Day. If you have the Roku Channel, you can also stream free live coverage on ABC News, NBC News NOW, Newsy, and more.

Check Politico's Live Election Map

Politico will be updating its Presidential election results page with results in real time, along with its U.S. Senate election results page and U.S. House election results page. If you want to check what's happening by state, this is a good bet.

Read FiveThirtyEight's Live Blog

Nate Silver's website FiveThirtyEight may not have accurately called the 2016 Presidential election, but it is a reliable source of data if you're looking for a live blog to follow on Election Day.

Open The Apple News App

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Apple News has an Election Night channel, which includes a feed from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Fox News, Reuters, and more. It's a good option for anyone who wants access to multiple different sources in one place.

Follow The AP On Twitter

Throughout the night, the Associated Press will call individual races and tweet out the results. If you want to keep up without any extra commentary, follow the AP's main Twitter account here.

Peek A Handy Voter Turnout Tracker

The environmental advocacy nonprofit NextGen America will track voter turnout among people between the ages of 18 to 35 in 41 "youth-dense precincts" on Election Day to gauge voter enthusiasm, according to its website. It will update its voter turnout tracker throughout the day.

Sign Up For Breaking Alerts

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If you're planning on stress-baking on Election Day but also want to say informed, you can subscribe to breaking text, app, or newsletter alerts from Politico, The Guardian, CNN, CBS and more to get major election updates.