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US election 2016: polls open as Clinton and Trump aim to make history – live

Posted in Trending Topics on 9th November 2016

US election 2016: polls open as Clinton and Trump aim to make history – live

Hillary Clinton and her family will watch tonight’s election returns at the Peninsula, a very fancy hotel in Midtown Manhattan that is a mere two-minute walk away from Trump Tower, where Donald Trump will be watching with his family.

From the Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui, who is part of Hillary Clinton’s press pool tonight:

Clinton’s motorcade departed her home in Chappaqua at 4:48 p.m. en route to New York City. Your pooler did not spot Clinton, as we were already loaded in the vans and joined the motorcade as it was rolling.

The cake is a guy.

Florida’s “bluest” county, the Democratic Party stronghold of Broward, delivered potentially good news for Hillary Clinton less than three hours before the polls closed. At 4.30pm, Brenda Snipes, the county’s supervisor of elections, reported that more than 170,000 people had already voted in person today, added to the 622,000 that had already cast ballots in early voting. It means that more than 790,000 votes are in from a total county electorate of almost 1.2 million. Or about 66% so far.

With a high turnout seen as the key to the Clinton campaign, the Democratic nominee needs to rack up the tally in heavily populated Broward and Miami-Dade counties to counter the advantage Donald Trump holds in Florida’s more rural northern counties. The turnout in Broward in 2012 was 67%.

With a clear, low-humidity day in South Florida, voters are turning out steadily, and lines are moving smoothly. However, Snipes fired two poll clerks at a site in Pompano Beach following a dispute over where people could stand. Broward sheriff’s deputies were called to the polling station but no arrests were made during an incident a spokesperson described as “minor”.

The first early exit polls are coming out and they show that most of those who have voted are not feeling overjoyed. After a presidential race characterized by surprises and uncertainty, 71% say they are feeling nervous according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO Exit Poll which was conducted October 18-November 8 among 6,782 early and Election-Day voters. Another 85% said they “just want it to be over” and 39% said they were depressed.

The fact that only 25% of those surveyed said they were feeling “happy” while 53% said they were “angry” could well affect the mood of the country long after the final results are counted.

The most accurate exit poll available to us:

Iconic suffragette Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite in Rochester, New York, has become a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of voters celebrating the potential election of the nation’s first female president.

Esther Diamond does not like people who do not vote. “Voting is a privilege,” she reminds me, as we sit in her apartment in Queens, New York. “People have died for it. You ca not throw away an opportunity to be listened to.”

Diamond knows what that feels like. She was born in January 1920, months before the final state ratified the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Now, the 96-year-old, who immigrated to America from Russia as a child, is looking forward to voting for a woman herself. “I have hoped for a long time that this day would come,” she says.

Diamond is just one of many women born before the 19thAmendment profiled on the website iwaited96years.com: different women from different backgrounds sharing the same excitement about this historic moment. In a lifetime they have gone from being disenfranchised because of their sex to casting a vote for, potentially, the first female President of the United States.

There’s Eugenia Perkins, 102, in North Carolina: “It is about time there was a woman President!”

There’s Lung Hsin Wu, 98, in Oregon, by way of Beijing: “My vote means another step towards equity for women!”

And there’s Diamond, who says: “Since as long as I can remember…I do not want to be better than men. I want to be equal to them. You are a second-class citizen if you are not.”

Women’s rights have progressed a lot in Diamond’s lifetime, but there’s still a way to go. “When you hear the difference in salaries between men and woman for the same job and the men get more than you do…” she shakes her head. “Maybe Hillary can help.”

Diamond has been doing as much campaigning as she can for Clinton. When her assisted living facility had early voting a couple of weeks ago she got a placard of Hillary made up “sat 50 feet away from the voting booth” doing last minute electioneering.

Diamond thinks the final result will be close. But whether Clinton wins or not, “she’s opened the door for future women to think about running and that’s important. I am sure there will be others, maybe not in my lifetime. You just need one person to try the water. Maybe my great granddaughter will be President.”

Missing from the invite list: Tiffany Trump.

Donald Trump may not have had any celebrities appearing his behalf on Monday night – but he told a crowd of more than 10,000 that he was backed by the New England Patriots star quarterback, Tom Brady, and their head coach, Bill Belichick.

In a local interview earlier on Monday, though, Brady said he had not voted yet – “I am going to vote today or tomorrow” – and played coy on who he might vote for: “Next week I will tell you.”

Speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, in an arena lit with laser lights and smoke machines, the Republican nominee took the stage in his penultimate event before election day to announce the support of two of the most beloved sports figures in New England.

Trump has long bragged that Brady, a two-time NFL MVP and four time Super Bowl champion, “is a great friend of mine”. Brady was suspended for four games at the start of the 2016 season for his role in the Deflategate scandal.

The Republican nominee told the cheering crowd on Monday night that Brady called him earlier in the day to say: “Donald, I support you. You are my friend and I voted for you.”

The quarterback was photographed in 2015 with a Make America Great Again hat in his locker. Brady also said in an interview in December 2015: “Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends.” However, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, last week denied that the couple would vote for Trump in a comment on her Instagram page.

A man in the city of East Lansing, Michigan, pulled two women wearing hijabs out of line to check their IDs early this morning and attempted to prevent them from voting, officials said.

Ingham County clerk Barb Byrum confirmed the incident was reported to her office, which oversees East Lansing, at 7.53am this morning, in what she described as an act of voter intimidation.

According to the complaint received by Byrum’s office, the man pulled two women wearing hijabs out of line to check their voter registration cards.

“It appeared he was trying to direct them to another polling place, which may or may not have been justified,” the complaint from an East Lansing resident said, adding in an email to Mother Jones that the man “seemed polite and non-confrontational.”

The resident, Ron Fox, reported the incident to poll workers, and the man was soon asked to leave. Byrum told the Guardian she contacted the East Lansing clerk, who in turn contacted law enforcement.

“This was the procedure that was established a week or so ago in the event there was any event or voter intimidation or harassment,” she said.

“I have zero tolerance for the harassment or intimidation of my voters.” Byrum said she has received no additional reports of voter intimidation, as of4pm. East Lansing is located about 90 miles west of Detroit.

“It is kind of a special day,” Vermont senator Bernie Sanders said after he cast his vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.

“When I am on the ballot, Jane and I usually drive around the state to kill some time and wait for the results to come in, but we have a beautiful day today. I hope we have a very large voter turnout,” Sanders said.

“I hope today we defeat Donald Trump and we defeat him badly,” Sanders continued. “I think when you have a campaign like Mr. Trump’s where the cornerstone of his campaign is based on bigotry and trying to divide us up, I think it is very bad for our country.”

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