New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Election day is finally here. Polling stations in the eastern states of New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Connecticut and Maine opened at 6:00 am (1100 GMT). Millions of Americans will head to the polls in person on Tuesday, adding their ballots to the more than 99 million already cast by early voters, setting the stage for the highest participation rate in over a century. It is expected to be a close contest between incumbent President Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Joe Biden. That's especially true this year as the U.S. confronts crises and is choosing between two candidates with very different visions for the future. The country is more divided and angry than at any time since the Vietnam War era of the 1970s -- and fears that Trump could dispute the result of the election are only fueling those tensions.

Stay tuned for the Highlights of US presidential elections

12:30 am Former President Barack Obama urges voters to support Joe and Kamala for making the US a better country.

 

 

12:00 am Bill and Hillary Clinton Vote |

Bill and Hillary Clinton have cast their votes. Soon after Bill said in a tweet - "Hillary and I just proudly cast our ballots for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. They will work tirelessly to heal our divisions and build a better future for all of us. If you haven’t done so already, vote today!"

 

11:30 am US Judge Asks US Postal Service to Conduct 'Sweep' |

US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the US Postal Service to carry out a sweep of some processing facilities to make sure no ballots have been held up, the Guardian reports. Any hold-ups are to be immediately sent out for delivery.


11:00 pm Shashi Tharoor Slams 'Modi-Trump' Connect as Donald Jr Bills India as 'Hostile' |

After Donald Trump Jr shared a map clubbing India with Mexico and China, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said: The price of Namo’s bromance: Kashmir & the NorthEast cut off from the rest of India, &the whole “filthy" place relegated by Don Jr to the realm of hostiles, along with China&Mexico. So much for the crores spent on obsequious serenading stadium events!"

10:20 pm Voters who have tested positive for the virus can still cast their ballots in person, according to guidance issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They should let election officials know about their diagnosis upon arrival at the polling station and take the following steps:

Wear a mask

Stay at least 1.8m (6ft) away from others

Wash hands or use hand sanitiser before and after voting

10:00 pm Georgia County's Technical Issues Solved

Polling machines are up and running in Spalding County, Georgia, south of Atlanta, after facing technical issues, CNN reported

9:30 pm Phoenix Voters Line Up From Early Sunrise

NBC News reports that in Phoenix, Arizona, citizens began to vote from early sunrise.

9:00 pm Melania Trump Casts Vote in Palm Beach

US first lady Melania Trump has cast her vote during the 2020 presidential election at Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida.

Image Credit: Reuters

8:30 pm Jill Biden is the latest member of the Democratic campaigning machine to push out a video imploring people to vote today.

8:00 pm Donald Trump shared a video of himself dancing, set to the Village People song YMCA, with the caption: “VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!”

7:30 pm Joe Biden talks about 'restoring decency to the White House' at a campaign stop in Scranton.

Democrat presidential nominee speaks at a small event, talking about “restoring decency to the White House”, and was greeted by supporters holding up signs saying “Scranton loves Joe!”

7:00 pm: Nigerians March in Support of Trump |

Hundreds of men and women marched, clad in T-shirts supporting US President Donald Trump or pink fabric dresses bearing the image of Jesus, as they waved American flags, Republican presidential campaign signs, and even a few Nigerian flags.

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6:30 pm: Trump Says He Feels 'Very Good' about his chances

President Donald Trump said he felt good about his chances for victory as the US election 2020 opened, predicting that he would register big victories in key states such as Florida and Arizona. 

6:00 pm: Asian American Republican group endorses Biden

An Asian American Republican group has officially endorsed Joe Biden, encouraging its thousands of members to vote for the Democrat nominee on the election day

5:20 pm: Donald Trump appeals to voters to come out as if their 'freedoms depend on it" and says it's contest between 'Freedom and Marxism'.

 

5:10 pm: Joe Biden has just posted an upbeat video urging people to get out and vote, soundtracked by Too Many Zooz tune Warriors.

 

5:00 pm Polling stations in the eastern states of New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Connecticut and Maine opened at 6:00 am.

4:55 pm Democratic Vice President nominee Kamala Harris urges people find their polling places and go out to vote wearing masks.

Campaign rallies might be over, but the two leading presidential candidates are continuing to eye for votes through social media.

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha