Election Night Clock

This chart uses the latest polling data in states with the time each state closes its polls on election night (Eastern Standard Time), factoring in whether mail and/or in-person voting have been processed before Election Day so that state results will likely be projected quickly. The chart provides a running count of which candidates will be leading in predictable electoral college states where results are likely called at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm and later for Alaska and Hawaii. The chart suggests that we well may have an outcome before midnight on Election Night.

The following 79 electoral votes count their mail ballots and in-person early voting before Election Day and thus will likely be called before 11:00 pm but at this time we cannot predict the likely outcome:

  • Florida (29) –polls close at 7:00 pm, except for the Florida Panhandle that closes at 7:30 pm

Several states do not permit mail ballots to be processed and counted before Election Day, thus significantly delaying reporting of complete numbers. It is likely that we will not have final results from five states totaling 100 electoral votes before November 4th or later. Those states are:

  • Pennsylvania (20) — polls close at 8:00 pm

Unless the Election Day vote shows significant, unbeatable leads for one candidate, the networks will not call any of the above five states until at least some of the mail ballots are processed and counted.

There are several states that close at different times and others that close on the half-hour:

  • AR closes at 8:30 pm



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Mark Alan Siegel

Mark Siegel teaches at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. He is a former Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee.