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Result time to last day: Eight questions and answers about the US elections

The American presidential election falls this year on November 8. The quadrennial exercise -- occurring every four years -- always takes place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, as spelled out in the US Constitution. The partisan elections, however, follow an elaborate electoral system before it boils down to one Republican and Democratic presidential nominee each.

us presidential election Updated: Nov 07, 2016 21:32 IST
Yashwant Raj
US elections

Felix, a male polar bear, eats a pumpkin with the portrait of US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as it predicts the result of presidential election at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.(REUTERS)

The American presidential election falls this year on November 8. The quadrennial exercise -- occurring every four years -- always takes place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, as spelled out in the US Constitution. The partisan elections, however, follow an elaborate electoral system before it boils down to one Republican and Democratic presidential nominee each.

When the earliest voting will start?

Dixville Notch in New Hampshire votes first, just past midnight on November 8. All other states will vote between 5:40 am and 7 am, in their respective time zones, and finish between 7 pm and 8 pm. The west coast will be last to start and finish.

When will results start coming in?

Results start coming in almost immediately, with AP news agency calling them on the basis of trends and projection models, state-wise.

Rough timing of state-wide results?

Around 9 am India time on November 9.

Likely time by which trends will emerge?

Trends depend on results from battleground or swing states – and they tend to take a little longer. The big swing states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania take a while, unless early counts show a distinct tilt.

The outcome?

Around 10 am to 10.30 am Indian time on November 9 if all goes according to plan. Things can get hairy if the situation in 2000 is repeated, when the final result took weeks, and was settled by the Supreme Court.

Other Congressional election results?

Senate and House results will also be out the same night, barring a few.

Last day in office for President Obama?

January 20, the same day the new president is inaugurated.

Oath taking ceremony?

On the morning of January 20, late evening in India.

(With AFP inputs)