Tag: Electoral Votes

Trump administration building a pretext to roll back voting rights on a national scale?

Oh, what a tangled web we weave..

Papa Putin Introduces ProgenyIn addition to insulting law-abiding voters everywhere, these lies about fraud threaten the foundations of American democracy. They have provided the justification for state voter-suppression laws around the country, and they could give the Trump administration a pretext to roll back voting rights on a national scale.

On Sunday, President-elect Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets complaining about calls for recounts or vote audits in several closely contested states, and culminating in this message: “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

This is a lie, part of Mr. Trump’s pattern, stretching back many years, of disregard for indisputable facts. There is no evidence of illegal voting on even a small scale anywhere in the country, let alone a systematic conspiracy involving “millions.” But this is the message that gets hammered relentlessly by right-wing propaganda sites like InfoWars, which is run by a conspiracy theorist who claims the Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax — and whose absurdities Mr. Trump has often shouted through his megaphone, which will shortly bear the presidential seal. Mr. Trump added more fuel to the fire with the false claim of “serious voter fraud” in California, Virginia and New Hampshire — all states that went for Hillary Clinton.

Opinion | Donald Trump’s Lies About the Popular Vote

One big fear in the weeks leading up to the presidential election was that Donald Trump would try to delegitimize the results by claiming rampant voter fraud – a bogus specter he had raised throughout the campaign, particularly as his polling numbers got worse. In that scenario, of course, Mr. Trump was the loser.

Election Day 2016

2016 Poll Closing Times

Note that all times on the above map are Eastern, not local, but you can download large-format maps for each U.S. time zone below:

EasternCentral | Mountain | Pacific | Alaska | Hawaii


Battleground States to Watch

Click on a State for real-time results by county:

Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin

Battleground States to Watch

The media will usually wait until all the polls in a state close to report results for contests affecting all residents of the state. You can track all the results here:




(x) Varies by time zone. Many polling places will close an hour earlier.
(y) Multiple closing times.

7:00 p.m.

60 Electoral Votes
5 Senate Races

(x) Indiana
(x) Kentucky
South Carolina
9:00 p.m.

156 Electoral Votes
8 Senate Races

(x) Kansas
(x) Michigan
New Mexico
New York
(y) North Dakota
(x) South Dakota
(x) Texas
7:30 p.m.

38 Electoral Votes
2 Senate Races

North Carolina
West Virginia
10:00 p.m.

21 Electoral Votes
3 Senate Races

8:00 p.m.

172 Electoral Votes
9 Senate Races

(x) Florida
(y) New Hampshire
New Jersey
Rhode Island
Washington, DC
11:00 p.m.

82 Electoral Votes
3 Senate Races

(x) Idaho
(x) Oregon
8:30 p.m.

6 Electoral Votes
1 Senate Race

Arkansas 1:00 a.m.

3 Electoral Votes
1 Senate Race

(x) Alaska

States in multiple time zones may close all their polls simultaneously, or they may close at the same local time. For example, all polls in Tennessee close at the same time which is 8PM Eastern, 7PM Central. On the other hand, in neighboring Kentucky the polls close at 6PM local time, which means polls in the Central Time Zone are open an hour later than those in the Eastern Time Zone. Note that Election Day court rulings and/or local rules may alter these schedules; do NOT rely on this information to decide when to vote.

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