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When will we know the US election result? Where will Donald Trump and Joe Biden be on election night? - ABC News

This has been a US election like no other. One that in some way, began on the day of US President Donald Trump's inauguration. He filed for re-election on the same day.

But the wait is almost over.

In just a few hours, we'll begin ticking off major milestones for election day 2020 in the US.

Here are the key times to pay attention, and when you can expect a result. And so we're clear up top, all times are listed in Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

Tuesday, 4pm AEDT

The polls open in two communities in New Hampshire — Dixville Notch and Millsfield. Dixville Notch has a tradition of being the first in the nation to vote on election day.

These aren't the first votes cast though. Not by a long shot. Early voting began back in September, and because of the coronavirus pandemic a record number of Americans have been voting.

By the time you read this, more than 95 million votes have already been cast (that's almost more than four times the total population of Australia).

Tuesday, 10pm AEDT

Polls open in a whole bunch of states on the east coast of the US. That's 6:00am local time for all those eager beavers who want to cast a ballot super early.

Most of the in-person voting on election day will happen overnight on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people wait in line for early voting on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Marietta, Georgia
There has been record enthusiasm at early voting centres.(AP: Ron Harris)

Wednesday, 10am AEDT

The first polls start to close on the east coast in two districts in Indiana and Kentucky.

Like plenty of US states, both have multiple time zones, which mean different closing times depending on which part of the state voters live in.

Sometime from now onwards we'll also start to get the earliest exit polls. These are surveys that are done as voters leave the polling booth.

Be careful reading too much into these though. They were wrong in some important states in 2016.

Wednesday, 11am AEDT

Polls close in a good chunk of states including the rest of Indiana and Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and Bernie Sanders' home state of Vermont.

Crucially, polls also close in most of the key swing state of Florida.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally
Both campaigns have campaigned heavily in the key state of Florida.(AP: Andrew Harnik)

Wednesday, 11:30am AEDT

Polls close in three states — North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.

Keep an eye on North Carolina and Ohio. Both are key states and could give us an indication of how the election is going.

Wednesday, Noon AEDT

This is the big one. Polls officially close in 22 states, the biggest group of the election.

Voting will now be over in states like Alabama, Maryland, Mississippi and Tennessee. Polls also close in parts of Texas in the Central time zone.

Importantly, polls will finishing closing in Florida, which means from this point on is when we'll start to get projections from the crucial swing state.

They'll also close in the important mid-west Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania and Michigan. Remember these are the states that broke for Mr Trump in 2016 and won him the election.

This is normally when US TV networks used to start calling safe states, but don't be surprised if things take a lot longer this year. Huge numbers of mail ballots and the high stakes involved in getting it wrong are likely to lead to more caution than ever before.

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Planet America's Chas Licciardello sets the stage for election day

Wednesday, 1pm AEDT

The second-largest number of polls close now in 14 states including Colorado, New York, Louisiana and Minnesota.

Key states closing up their polls here are Wisconsin, a state won by Mr Trump in 2016 but which is looking like flipping back to Mr Biden in 2020.

Arizona also closes now. It's a key Sun Belt state along with Texas, which also finishes closing the rest of its polls now.

By now we should start to get some results in some of those keys states like Florida, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina. They'll help give us an idea of whether this is looking good for one candidate or the other … or if we're in for a long wait.

Wednesday, 2pm AEDT

Polls close or begin closing in six states — Idaho, Nevada, Iowa, Oregon, Montana and Utah.

Wednesday, 3pm AEDT

We've finally made our way all the way over the west coast of the US, where polls will close in California and Washington (and the rest of Oregon and Idaho).

The last state to close polls is Alaska at 5pm AEDT.

Mail-in ballots are processed and counted for the upcoming presidential election
Once the polls close, all that's left is the counting.(Reuters: Kevin Mohatt)

When will the winner be named?

This year, it's harder to answer this question than ever before.

The honest answer is we just don't know for sure. All we can say for sure is that it'll be sometime after the majority of polls close at 1:00pm AEDT.

Because of the massive number of mail-in ballots and early voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's expected some states could take days or even weeks to fully count their votes.

If one of those states ends up being crucial to who wins the presidency, then we could also be waiting days or weeks to find out if Donald Trump has won a second term, or if Joe Biden will be sworn in as America's 46th president.

Here's what one expert told us when we asked when the result will be known:

Where will Trump and Biden be?

The President will be in the US capital, Washington DC. It's up in the air at the moment, but it looks like Mr Trump will either be at his own hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, or at the White House.

Joe Biden will be in his home town in Wilmington in the state of Delaware. He and his running mate Kamala Harris will be at the same venue they used for the Democratic Convention.

So, what if we don't get a result on the night?

We wait. Seriously.

A supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watches and waits at her election night rally
We could be waiting weeks for a result in some scenarios.(Reuters: Carlos Barria)

Election experts have been at pains to point out that not only is it possible that we won't get a result, that it wouldn't be a sign that something has gone wrong. It's just going to take a lot longer to count ballots in 2020.

They've also warned us all to be very wary of any candidate who might declare victory on election night, if it's clear that things are close and there are still lots of votes to be counted.

Taking a long time to count the result isn't the same as a contested result, which we could get as well. If you want to know what might happen in that scenario, you can read this piece.

Whatever happens on election night, Mr Trump will still be president and the current Senate and House are still in place for a little while into 2021, so the business of US government continues no matter how long it takes to count.

When will the winner be given the keys to the White House?

Marine One helicopter hovers near the White House at night
Not matter what happens on election day, Donald Trump will be President until at least January 20.(AP: Scott Applewhite)

Inauguration Day is January 20, 2021 in the US, but will happen in the early hours of January 21, 2021 for us here in Australia.

That's when either President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence will start a second term, or Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will begin their first.

And if you're sad that US elections are over for the year, don't worry. At this point there will be less than two year until the 2022 midterms.

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The last four years under Donald Trump.

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