How Americans vote today will determine who sits in government for at least the next two years—but tonight’s outcome will shape policy for years to come. With hundreds of key races nationwide, some of which are poised to significantly shift long-established state and national leadership, the 2018 midterm elections will be one to watch. Here’s how you can stay informed before, during, and after tonight’s midterm elections.
Watch Midterm Election Results Live
You can watch election night coverage on your desktop, smartphone, and smart TV. All of the following options, with the exception of C-SPAN and PBS, are available to watch on one of your favorite streaming apps: Hulu Live, Playstation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV, to name a few. As always, double-check to make sure that your local provider is included in the streaming coverage.
Many broadcasts will also be free to view, without signing in with your TV provider, specially for election night coverage.
ABC will begin coverage of the election at 4:30pm ET on ABC News Live, with its televised Midterm Election Special airing at 8pm ET. ABC News Live coverage is free, so you don’t need to sign in with a TV provider. You can stream coverage online from ABC News Live, as well as the ABC News app. You can also watch from the ABC News app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. Finally, ABC will also be airing coverage on Facebook Watch.
CBS will start coverage on CBSN, its free digital streaming news service, at 5pm ET. Television coverage will begin at 9pm ET. You can watch on the CBSN site and the CBS News app, no television provider sign-on required.
CNN’s election night coverage begins at 5pm ET. CNN will offer a livestream on the homepage of CNN.com, on the CNN app. It can also be viewed on the CNNgo, apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV. For election night, CNN broadcasts will be free to use without signing on with a TV provider. Watch for free from 5pm on November 6 through to 9am on November 7.
C-SPAN will cover election night starting at 8pm. You can watch for free on C-SPAN.org—there’s no need to sign in with a TV provider for election night coverage.
Fox’s election night news coverage starts at 6pm. You’ll need to sign in with your TV provider to watch live coverage on FoxNews.com, the Fox News mobile app, or the Fox News app for Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, or Amazon Fire TV.
NBC will offer its election night news special starting from 8pm. There is no need to sign in with a TV provider to watch NBC News’s live stream on NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC news app, and the OTT apps for Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. It will also be available on NBC’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. NBC’s mobile show, Stay Tuned, will be updated on NBC’s Snapchat and Instagram.
Don’t want to watch people talk? Track all the results with The New Yorker’s interactive election results map.
Track What’s on Your Ballot
The Countable app, free on iOS and Android, organizes non-partisan information in an easy-to-use interface. After you enter your zip code and select issue areas that you care about, you can receive notifications on bills, view your representatives’ voting history, and even call and message their offices directly from the app. The app’s “Voter Center,” on the left sidebar, gives key information on voting in every state. The app links to Ballotpedia to help you refresh your knowledge on the candidates and issues at stake.
Voice assistants have been equipped to provide information about midterm elections, too. Asking Amazon’s Alexa “What’s my election update?” prompts updates about Congressional and state races specific to your location. Google Assistant also offers information about where to vote, and, as the ballot counting progresses, will give real-time election results. Apple’s Siri can also address some elections-related questions. If Siri cannot directly answer a request, it will direct the user to a relevant page on vote.org or to Apple’s News app.
Stay Connected, During and After
If you can’t watch news coverage of the elections, you can still keep track of the election night updates on your phone. Both the Apple News and Google News apps will feature sections devoted to midterms coverage. Politico will also offer real-time election results.
Snapchat will highlight special election night news coverage on its Discover page, including live streams from the Washington Post. Snapchat’s Our Stories will curate public Snaps from journalists, candidates, and users—so you can give voice to the issues that matter to you, too.
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