Live streaming of the 2020 election results: How to observe in real time


After months of campaign commercials, socially distanced debates and rallies across the country, the United States is electing its 46th president. What was anything but a normal election cycle comes to a head on November 3 in the race between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

2020 was an unprecedented year for voter turnout, with over 99 million Americans voting before November 3. A week before Election Day, over 70 million Americans had already cast their votes. That is more than half of the total votes counted in the 2016 election. In Texas alone, which has a notoriously low turnout, over 9 million people have already cast their votes.

Despite the expected delay in announcing the final results of the presidential campaign, millions of people across the country – and around the world – will be eager to see the election results as they come in.

All major radio and cable networks, such as CBS, ABC, Fox, MSNBC and CNN, will provide live coverage of the election throughout the day, many of them the night before. For those who do not have access to television, you can stream the results from your phone or computer.

All major news channels will keep their websites updated on the election results, as will their live TV colleagues.

In addition to the news alone, late night presenters will offer special election night shows that will bring the news to viewers along with a dash of humor.

Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show, will moderate Votegasm 2020: What Could Go Wrong (Again), which will be broadcast live on both coasts from 20.00 PT/11.00 ET in Comedy Central on 3 November. Noah will provide breaking news and analysis of the presidential campaign results, as well as guest interviews and reports from the news team.

Showtime will broadcast Stephen Colbert’s election night 2020: The Last Stand for Democracy: Rebuild America Greatly Again, Better Again 2020, starting 23:00 ET.

YouTube offers a way to stay up to date even without subscribing to a streaming service. The website has offered similar programs in the past, such as live playback of every presidential debate.

The polling stations will remain open after sunset on November 3, with closing times nationwide from 19:00 to 21:00. As long as voters queue up before the set closing time of their polling station, they are allowed to vote by law, even if they do not make it in until after the technical closing time of the polling station. Whatever you decide to stay informed on November 3, Election Day will go down in history after one of the most turbulent election cycles in generations.


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