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Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. Results will start to come in around 7 p.m. EST.

Somali-Americans Lend A Ride To Get Out The Vote

Nov 8, 2016
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Outside the Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center on the Far West Side of Columbus, Sahra Ali has been up since 7 a.m. to drive friends and community members to cast their ballots at the polls.

This is Ali's third presidential election after coming to the U.S. from Somalia in 2001. She says this year, she's seen a higher voter turnout among Columbus's Somali community.

Butler County Board of Elections Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro was direct and to the point when hosting an 11:30 a.m. conference call with reporters Tuesday about how the election was going halfway through the day .

"It's going smoothly," Bucaro said. She said long lines had cleared out from the morning and midday voters were able to get in and out quickly. The busiest polling places were in Lakota, Monroe, parts of Fairfield and Middletown.

Hillary Clinton's path relies on winning traditionally Democratic states and has several potential ways over the top. Donald Trump has a much narrower path — he has to run the table in toss-up states and break through in a state that currently leans toward Clinton.

Here are seven ways Election Day could play out:

Voting With Inmates At The Franklin County Jail

Nov 8, 2016
Esther Honig / WOSU

At the Franklin County Jail on Jackson Pike, Lieutenant Lee VanDette walks me through a maze of cinder block halls.

"If you see people wearing blue shirts and tan pants," VanDette says, "those are inmates."

Nearly 1.8 million Ohioans have already voted, and more than 11,000 people voted early this year than did in before Election Day in 2012.

Ohio I Voted Sticker
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If you hadn't noticed, there's a pretty big election happening across the country today, and it can get pretty confusing.

Consider this your one-stop-shop for all the answers you need for Election Day - except who you should vote for. We can't help you with that one.


The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to get involved in a case involving planned activities by the Trump campaign at polling places in Ohio on Election Day.

Palin Crosses Ohio To Campaign For Trump Monday

Nov 7, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is campaigning across Ohio for Donald Trump.

The GOP presidential nominee's campaign said that the former vice presidential candidate was making five stops in southern and central Ohio Monday.

The U.S. Justice Department says it will have more than 500 monitors and observers out Tuesday watching polling sites in 28 states. They'll be looking for any voting rights violations, such as whether voters are discriminated against because of their race or language.

"The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote, and the Department of Justice works tirelessly to uphold that right, not only on Election Day, but every day," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

Franklin County Board of Elections director David Payne talks to a voter on Saturday, the day after the county set an all-time in-person early voting record of more than 6,800 voters.
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Thousands of people stood in huge lines at boards of elections offices in the state’s biggest counties. At the Franklin County Board of Elections, the line on Saturday was an eighth of a mile long.

Esther Honig

The results of Tuesday's presidential election could have a huge effect on hundreds of thousands of young immigrants living in the U.S. under a temporary status known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. WOSU spoke with four DACA students who have to watch this election from the sidelines.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has granted a motion by Donald Trump's presidential campaign to block a lower court restraining order obtained by Ohio Democrats.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Sunday that the Ohio Democratic Party has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of its case. It granted the emergency stay sought by Trump in a brief order.

Ohio’s largest industry is agriculture, with one in seven Ohioans connected to that industry. In the second installment in the Statehouse News Bureau’s series featuring voices of voters, people in the state’s farm community talk about what they’re thinking about when they decide which presidential candidate to choose.

Esther Honig

Every election year in Ohio, hundreds of thousands of people register to vote in their counties. Thousands more change addresses or other information about their registrations.