By LAUREN KING and MICHELLE STODDART, ABC News
(WASHINGTON) — Election Day is finally here.
In the weeks leading up to Tuesday, more than 97 million early votes were cast. Nationally, voters have cast 70.9% of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election. Hawaii and Texas have already surpassed their 2016 total and five other states — Montana, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico and Nevada — are close to doing the same.
While polls have closed in Guam, there were some opening in Vermont as early as 5 a.m. ET.
ABC News Live will begin streaming Election Day coverage at 7 a.m. ET.
Beginning at 7 p.m. ET on the ABC television network, Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead coverage from New York City joined by World News Tonight Anchor David Muir, “ABC News Live Prime” Anchor Linsey Davis and the ABC News powerhouse political team.
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., will continue campaigning Tuesday. On election night, Trump has invited about 400 people to the White House, sources told ABC News, and Biden and Harris are expected to be in Wilmington, Delaware.
Here’s how Election Day is unfolding. All times Eastern:
Nov 03, 8:02 am
Polls open in 12 states and Puerto Rico
The polls are opening in North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, in several counties in Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
Nov 03, 8:00 am
In new videos, Biden, Harris urge voters to head to the polls in final campaign push
As part of the campaign’s final efforts to turn out voters and deny President Donald Trump a second term, both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris are urging Americans to head to the polls Tuesday as a chaotic election is set to near its end.
In two new digital videos released by the Biden campaign on Tuesday, both Biden and Harris are telling Americans that have not voted to make sure their voices are heard.
“Today is Election Day. The future of our country is going to hinge on who votes in the next few hours. So please, if you have to go out and vote, please vote. And vote as soon as possible,” Biden says in one of the videos.
“Today is Election Day, our last chance to choose once and for all a brighter future for our country and leadership that will restore the soul of our nation. And we are counting on you to put us over the finish line,” Harris says in the other.
The late push comes as a record number of Americans, nearly 100 million, have voted early this cycle, another way in which the coronavirus pandemic has upended the 2020 race and reshaped the electoral battlefield.
Both Biden and Harris were in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Monday, and the former vice president is set to visit his hometown of Scranton later Tuesday, while Harris will travel to Detroit, Michigan, to rally voters and boost turnout in another state key to the Democratic ticket’s chances of victory.
Nov 03, 7:01 am
Polls open in 13 states
The polls are opening in South Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, District of Columbia, Delaware, Missouri, Louisiana and in several counties in Tennessee.
Nov 03, 6:30 am
Polls open in three states
The polls are opening in West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.
Nov 03, 6:00 am
Polls open in eight states
The polls are opening in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Maine, Kentucky, Connecticut, Indiana and New Hampshire.
Nov 03, 5:38 am
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Polls are opening in Vermont and closing in Guam.
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