U.S. election : Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s nominee. A billionaire businessman, he was born and raised in New York City, assumed control of his father’s real estate interests in 1973 and hosted “The Apprentice.” He turned 70 on June 14.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic Party’s nominee. She served as U.S. Secretary of State under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. Before that, she served two terms as a Senator from New York. She turns 69 on Oct. 26.

The only third-party candidates expected to get a substantial number of the votes are Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson who heads the Libertarian Party.

When are the debates?

  • Sep 26, 2016: 1st presidential debate, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
  • Oct 4, 2016 : Vice-presidential debate, Longwood University, in Farmville, VA
  • Oct 9, 2016: 2nd presidential debate, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • Oct 19, 2016: 3rd presidential debate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

with most closing at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. local time. The last to close are Hawaii’s, which shut at 6 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET). The first results are likely to come from Kentucky and Indiana, where polls close at 6 p.m. ET. The “battleground states” of Florida and Virginia close relatively early, at 7 p.m. ET.

U.S. citizens can vote from Canada using absentee ballots but they need to hurry.

Early voting is available in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The earliest starts Sept. 23, in Minnesota and South Dakota. It begins in the battleground of Ohio on Oct. 12. There’s a trend toward voting earlier each election: in 2004, one in five voted before election day. In 2012, it was one in three.

How many “delegates” are needed to win?
270 (half of the 538 total, plus one)

The next president will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.

Thirty-four of 100 Senate seats are up for grabs. Of those, 24 are held by Republicans and 10 are held by Democrats. All 435 members of the House of Representatives (known as congressmen and congresswomen) will also be elected. Some state and local elections are also being held.