Millions already have cast their votes in the US election via mail-in ballots and absentee ballots. Millions more line up to exercise their franchise today, across the country, in towns and cities, everywhere.
91% of absentee ballots returned in Nebraska
From CNN's Katie Lobosco
So far, 510,076 Nebraska absentee ballots have been returned, the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday morning. That’s a 91% return rate.
There are currently 48,382 absentee ballots outstanding. More than 27,000 were received yesterday.
Absentee ballots must be returned via mail or a drop box before polls close today at 8 p.m. local time (that’s 9 p.m. ET) in order to be counted.
Absentee ballots are counted first and the results are expected to be posted shortly after the polls close.
Here’s how many New Hampshire absentee ballots have been returned so far
From CNN's Sarah Jorgensen
As of today, a total of 235,834 absentee ballots have been returned to town clerks, according to the latest data from the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office.
This means that 54,257 ballots have been returned in the past week.
The total absentee ballot count is nearly one third of the total 2016 voter turnout of 755,850 and is more than three times the amount of absentee ballots returned in that election, 75,305.
There are still 13,824 outstanding absentee ballots that have been requested but not returned, according to the data. Absentee ballots in New Hampshire must be received by 5 p.m. local time today, and they can be returned in person.
Polling sites in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County are now open after delays
From CNN's Kelly Mena
Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, had delayed openings in three election districts, according to a county official.
Amie Downs, communications director for the county said Tuesday morning that the three polling sites that were down earlier today “are all open and operating now.”
Earlier this morning, in an emailed statement, Downs addressed the unopened sites:
“At this time, there are three election districts which have not opened. Elections has staff at each site and is creating a new suitcase with materials so that they can open,” she said.
Downs explained to CNN that the “suitcase” has the voting materials. Those materials didn’t make it to these locations, but they are working to fix it. She noted that there are sites in Monroeville, McKeesport and Pittsburgh that remain unopened.
Earlier this morning, Downs also gave an update on the processing of mail-in and absentee ballots saying about 25% of the over 334,000 ballots are “at some stage of processing.”
Some of the ballots are further along in the process.
“Over 13,500 have gone through the declaration review and have had the declaration envelope opened and the secrecy envelopes extracted,” she added.
More than 9 million people have voted in Florida — 95% of the 2016 total
From CNN's Curt Devine
Nearly 9.1 million Floridians — 9,069,761 to be exact — have already voted, state data updated Tuesday morning shows.
That’s about 95% of the 9.6 million total votes in the 2016 election.
Registered Democrats lead registered Republicans by about 115,000 votes. This is up by about 7,000 votes since Monday, which means Democrats increased their lead against Republicans for two days in row after about two weeks of Republicans chipping into that lead through the early in-person voting.
Nearly 2 million people with no party affiliation have also voted.
Polls close in Florida at 7 p.m. local time.
Georgia turning into a battleground state “was inevitable,” Stacey Abrams says
From CNN's Aditi Sangal
Georgia becoming “a battleground state was not only possible — it was inevitable,” former Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams says as voters head to the polls on Election Day.
Georgia is a key state to watch this election. It is one of three states in the Southeast — along with Florida and North Carolina — that are all crucial for President Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes. The Biden campaign has also dispatched its top surrogates to the state, including former President Barack Obama.
A diversifying electorate, suburban swings in Democrats’ favor and a series of close calls there during Trump’s presidency are all pointing to the fact that the state is in play, Abrams explained.
“We know heading into this election we have seen dramatic turnout among communities that typically are not at the top of mind for candidates. We have seen them be engaged, be encouraged, and we have seen them turn out,” she told CNN.
She gave the same pitch for Joe Biden and other candidates early in the Democratic primary.
“I had two messages. One, voter suppression is real and we have to have a plan to fight back. Two, Georgia is real. You’ve got to have a plan to fight here,” she said Tuesday. “We were very privileged to know that by the time Joe Biden won the nomination, he had Georgia… on his mind.”
In a message to her fellow Democrats, she said:
“We know that we can win this, but we have to show up, stay in line, and not let our panic overwhelm us. But we also have to be calm and patient when it comes to the results. We may not know tonight, but when we get the answer, I’d rather it be slow and right than fast and wrong.”
Polling machines back up in one Georgia County after technical issues
From CNN's Holmes Lybrand
Spalding County, Georgia, south of Atlanta, has resolved issues with their polling machines.
Earlier, the county reported a system-wide issue with polling machines and posted this message on Facebook:
“We are aware of a county wide technical issue with all polls. Provisional ballots are being delivered to every location. Expect to wait in longer lines until the issue is fixed.”
The issues have now been resolved.
Trump won Spalding County with 15,636 votes in 2016, compared to 9,347 votes for Hillary Clinton.