You said goodbye to cable, and now you want to be in the know on this insane election day! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Also, you totally need to check out this website of past election results! I totally found 1972 fascinating (look at all that RED!), and of course I found 1800 fascinating because of Hamilton!
How to watch on your computer/mobile device
So, the easiest way to get election results is to keep your eye on a few sites. Already right now you can see early estimates on how the candidates are doing at Slate.com/votecastr Obviously this won’t be completely accurate until polls actually start to close, BUT it is taking into account early voting (which I did a couple of weeks ago!)
You can also check out Votecastr’s partnership with VICE for live coverage on YouTube.
I have also said that twitter is the place for live events, and today will be no different. Buzzfeed reporters will be live streaming the results on election.twitter.com, starting at 6 PM EST.
NPR has really been killing it this election as well, with their live fact checking and seemingly unbiased news reporting. Tonight will be no different. They will be live streaming and live blogging on their website and on Facebook.
How to watch on your TV
If you have an antenna, you are likely already set. If you don’t have one, you could probably run to the store and pick up a cheap one for $20 and watch your local news channels.
If you have a streaming device (PS4, xbox, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, etc etc etc) you could sign up for a 7 day trial of Sling TV. You can cancel it tomorrow and get CNN and other cable news channels just for tonight. You can do the same thing with Playstation Vue (which has a better Roku app than the actual Playstation app. You do not need to have a Playstation to sign up for Playstation Vue!) They also offer a free trial. You just need to remember to cancel these tomorrow, or the day after (or keep it, but I’m holding out for DirecTV Now)
If you have a Roku, you can download the Bloomberg app and watch live coverage through that.
If you have a Chromecast you can send any of the YouTube live streams up to your regular TV from your phone. You can also run pick up a Chromecast at the store, it’s not that expensive, and it totally beats watching it all on a phone or tablet! As the race unfolds tune to any of these channels – NBC, PBS, MTV, Bloomberg, Telemundo, and The Young Turks. Once the race is decided, the victory speech from the new President-elect will be streamed as well. This will be the perfect way for people who lack cable to keep up to date with the election as it unfolds… unless neither get the appropriate electoral votes…
You can also just keep your eye on Google by doing a search for “election results” and watch Dave, The American President or Air Force One on Netflix or Vudu instead!
Good luck everyone trying to make it out to the polls today!! GO VOTE!
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com