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Election Day Resources & Tips for Watching Returns

While we likely won’t know the exact results of Tuesday’s election, you can bet on magic walls and fantastic displays of the latest technology advancements as the pollsters and pundits discuss election results as they trickle in, long into the night. As you prepare to watch returns over the coming days, we’ve curated a series of helpful and informative resources for you to dive into.

The Electoral College

The U.S. Constitution clearly specifies that the President by elected by the Electoral College. How exactly does this system work? Why was it originally put in place, and why in recent years has it been at the center of debates on election reform?

When can you expect election results? There’s a good chance we won’t know who won the Presidential Election on Tuesday. Here is a helpful state-by-state guide from FiveThirtyEight.

The Center for American Women and Politics will be reporting real-time results and will issue a release the day after Election Day with preliminary results for women candidates.

News outlets and media outlets like NBC News, Politico and USAToday will have real-time results and updates.

If you still need resources before you head to the polls, Ballotpedia has you covered — including sample ballots to preview for your local district. They’ll also be hosting a series of free briefings in the days following the election on key results.

There’s still time to make a plan to vote using BallotReady‘s online resources. Find your polling place, research the candidates and learn about local ballot measures.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE with questions about voting provisionally in your state. You can also visit to chat with the Election Protection Hotline.

At home with a child? The Constitution Center has engaging educational on everything from the electoral college to the executive branch to the Supreme Court. PBS also has a series of videos, activities and lesson plans to keep your child actively engaged in conversations about our democracy.

No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s election, this is a critical time to dive into the key issues and the policies that will shape our future and to seek solutions for your communities. Please explore the informative Policy Briefs below and share with your friends and loved ones today!

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