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Election 2020: Here’s when you’ll find results and what to expect

It’s Election Day, America. And it’s an election like no other. While every vote matters, a handful of pivotal states could decide whether President Donald Trump is elected to a second term or if Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden moves into the White House in January 2021. But we probably won’t know a winner tonight as the counting may take a little more time than we are used to. We do know that voting started just after midnight in two tiny New Hampshire towns and Trump has a slight lead after the first couple of dozen ballots cast. We could end up with another 160 million votes to count, though. But at this point, the speeches have been spoken. The ads have been aired. If you haven’t yet, vote. Otherwise, take a breath. Here’s what else you need to know and what to keep an eye on.

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2020 Election: A look at polling in key battleground states

Battleground states are taking center stage ahead of the election. USA TODAY’s States of America discusses polling in three key states.

Central America on high alert for Hurricane Eta

Hurricane Eta was expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the Nicaragua-Honduras border, and forecasters are warning of possibly “catastrophic” wind and flooding. Eta strengthened to a Category 4 major storm Monday, the National Hurricane Center warned. The hurricane center also said Eta is expected to strengthen and could possibly become a Category 5 storm of historic proportions. As of 4 a.m. EST Tuesday, Eta had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph – about 5 mph shy of Category 5 status – and was located about 25 miles southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, according to the Hurricane Center. Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach noted that if Eta becomes a Category 5 storm, it would be only the second to occur in the Atlantic in November. Eta is the 28th named Atlantic storm this season, tying the 2005 record.  

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The whole world is watching the US

As Americans contemplate the possibility of a nail-biter of a U.S. presidential vote Tuesday, another cohort of people watch closely with nerves on edge as the race enters its final stretch: the rest of the world. U.S. elections have long been the subject of intense international focus because of the outsize influence of America’s economy, culture and military. On the ballot for American allies and foes alike is whether they will again deal with a Trump administration that has upended traditional diplomatic protocols and overturned treaties. In Biden, observers said, there is a potential return to a form of American foreign policy that expresses concern for human rights, global cooperation and aspects of the collective world order that the United States has championed for decades. 

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NASA astronaut casts her ballot from International Space Station

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins cast her ballot from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Astronauts have been able to vote from space since 1997.

Who will be buyers and sellers? NFL trade deadline has already arrived. 

Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET marks the deadline for NFL teams to complete trades. With several teams now at the halfway point in the season, the deadline serves as a reality check for franchises looking to strengthen their playoff push as well as those needing to shed salary. Several teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and the Seattle Seahawks, have already agreed to deals – the market for pass-rushers has been particularly active. USA TODAY Sports’ NFL reporters and columnists recently answered the question: Which team most needs to pull off a trade? 

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Yes, Election Day is important. But taking care of yourself is too.

If you, like nearly 70% of U.S. adults, have found that the election has become a source of stress and anxiety, then here are some tips to help you remain calm on Tuesday:

  • Be patient and prepare for what could be a long wait for election results.
  • Limit your news consumption to what you absolutely need to know – and avoid doomscrolling.
  • Do something other than watch live election updates, like stream a film, meditate, holiday shop or go to sleep! We’ll have the news here for you when you’re ready to read.

You can also consider (safely) heading out and taking advantage of some tasty freebies, such as a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme or a free pastry at McDonald’s. If you’re committed to hunkering down for the whole day, DoorDash is offering either free delivery or a discount and GrubHub will have various discounts available too. 

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Election Day freebies: Discounted rides to polls, donuts, massages

Free food and discounts are up for grabs on Election Day regardless of whether you have an “I Voted” sticker.

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