Polls Open In American Election

Polls have opened in eastern states of the United States for the 2020 election day, which will see the next President of the country elected.  It has been declared to be the most important election for many decades, and has certainly caught the national attention like few others.  More than 100 million people have already voted early, either in person or via post.  This is 73% of the total that was cast in the last elections of 2016.

With the country divided like never before, the elections have pitted controversial President Donald Trump against the likeable former Vice President Joe Biden, who was part of the very successful Biden/Obama ticket in 2008 and 2012. Donald Trump is loved by his base and is expected to do well again in the states where he did well in 2016. However he is not running this time against a very unpopular candidate, as he was when he was running against Hillary Clinton. 

As a result of Joe Biden's 'likability factor' there are many states, referred to as swing states which could tip in favour of either candidate. States like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania voted for President Trump in 2016 but could easily turn blue in this election, voting in support of Joe Biden.

With the country covering a number of time zones it will take until early evening SA time for all polls to open. Counting will start at most states after the polls close but at others there will be a delay for a few days, especially for mail-in votes.  This will mean it could be a day or more before the winner is clear.

That is unless the voting in favour of Joe Biden is so clear that is winning with a very wide margin. It will take nothing more than a very clear winning margin to see Trump concede defeat. He has already said that he has a team of lawyers on standby to contest any results that are close, or where he feels there are any procedural concerns.


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