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Electoral College Vote Results: When Will We Know Who Won?

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When will we know the results? (Getty)

The electoral college votes today. Right now, Donald Trump is slated to win, with 306 electoral votes to his name. But some voters who supported Clinton are hoping against hope that enough electors will turn faithless that the election will go to Clinton or, at the very least, Trump won’t reach the 270 electors he needs to win and the vote will go to the House of Representatives. How long will it be before we know the results of the electoral college’s votes?

The answer depends on how each state handles its election. However, electors, state officials, and local news are quickly reporting on results, so it looks like we’ll know the “unofficial results” today.

Officially, the electors’ votes won’t be counted until January 6, when Congress meets in a joint session to officially count the votes. Vice President Joe Biden will preside over the count and announce the official results of the electoral college. The President of the Senate will then declare who was elected President and who was elected Vice President. At this point, if no candidate reaches 270 votes, then the House will elect the President through a majority vote from among the top three candidates getting electoral votes, with one vote per state. And the Senate will elect the Vice President by a majority vote from among the top two candidates getting electoral votes.

However, it looks like we will know the unofficial results of who won before January 6. Today, some states are livestreaming their votes, which means that anyone keeping track will know right away who won in those states. Other states or electors are publicly sharing who they voted for. So, although the official results won’t be announced until January, we will have a general idea of who won by the end of the day. You can see exactly what time each state is voting here.

So far, Pennsylvania has announced that all 20 of their electors voted for Trump, along with many other states. Trump looks poised to win. You can see more results, as they are announced, in our story here.

Electoral College Live Stream: Watch the Electors Vote Online for Free

Today electors are voting in 50 states and DC. Here's how to watch the electoral college vote live online in multiple states, with links to live sessions.

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Electoral College Vote: What Channel Is It On TV Today?

Electors are voting today, and you can watch some results on TV live, even though they won't be official until January. Find out the time & channel here.

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33 comments

  1. We already know the results at least the few of us with any smarts if you don’t like it get your blankee and pacifer and go to your safe place

      • There is no such thing as the popular vote. It’s not in the Constitution and is not the determining factor for selection of the President of the United States.

        • The reason the Electoral College was formed was because during the formation of America, states were much more individualized than they are today. During our formative years, a citizen would be much more likely to say “I’m Virginian” than “I’m American.” This created a no win situation given that states were often uninformed and mistrusting of other states in the Union and would blindly support someone local. It was supposed to prevent states from voting in a choice that would be dangerous to the country based on misinformation. The Electoral College was meant to be a fail safe for this exact moment, and it has failed at it’s most basic task.

          We are no longer those disjointed states. Now it is time to disband this archaic practice and let the people’s voice be heard. Today the choice of eighty thousand people will outweigh the choice of three million, and that’s simply unamerican.

          • Then worry about it later but it’s not for this election. It should go by the processes set up for it. If Hillary had won none of you would be bitching about this shit! Seriously CHANGE it in the FUTURE….you can’t throw a tempertantrume it’s very unamerican. They are taking away my rights and the rights of millions of others who voted for him. Doesn’t anyone remmeber how Hilary said it was dispicable to not accept……and yet here she is……

            • SO, From MY Understanding, MY VOTE… Doesn’t Really Matter…Since The Electoral Count IS What Elects The President.
              Why Then… Do WE Go Through The Voting Process?
              *My Views… ARE, That IF RUSSIA Had ANY Influence On OUR Election Process… ALL Possible Influence SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED.
              Who’s To Say… That THEY Didn’t Interfere With The Electoral Count?
              Just How Far Would RUSSIA Go?
              In MY Mind… THEY WOULD DO ANYTHING WHICH WOULD SERVE TO BENEFIT RUSSIA…After All, It Isn’t The Whole Country…But One Man, PUTIN.
              Since The “Tearing Down Of The Wall”,… People Seem To Think That RUSSIA IS NOW OUR FRIEND…*RUSSIA IS NOT OUR FRIENDS…GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY THEY WOULD DESTROY AMERICA AND ALL OF THE FREE WORLD….. TODAY.
              ***
              I FEEL THAT A RECOUNT IS CALLED FOR…OF THE *VOTES (WHICH SHOULD MEAN MORE THAN THE ELECTORAL) SHOULD BE RECOUNTED, THE ELECTORAL VOTES SHOULD BE RECOUNTED… AND A FULL SCALE INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIA’S INVOLVEMENT.
              ****
              JUST THE FACT…. THAT THEY WERE INVOLVED….IS ENOUGH.

              THAT May Be…. But, Then, RUSSIA Wouldn’t Be A Topic.
              IF They Can HACK The DNC Computers…Why Not The Popular Vote Computers, The Electoral Count Computers, Just As Well?
              Merely The Fact… That They Are INVOLVED… Calls For Thorough Investigation… And Another VOTE.
              RUSSIA IS NOT OUR FRIEND.
              THEY Would Destroy AMERICA, TODAY, Given The Opportunity.
              ***This Year, Marks The 100th Year Since The Revolution… Only A Gullible Idiot Would Believe Their Goals Are Different NOW, Than They Were, 30 Years Ago.
              People Say: “Oh, But, They’re No Longer Communists.”
              And, I Say…”BULLSHIT’.

          • The Electoral vote prevents states like New York and California from having too much power over other states. We are a republic made up of states. Think about why each state has just two senators.

          • Wrong. We are republic not a pure democracy. There is no mob rule here, majority rule is unamerican. Individualism and minority rights is American. Go spew your collectivist garbage to other brainwashed socialists like yourself.

          • Actually the Electoral College succeeded in it’s most basic task here. It prevented someone from winning based on misinformation and lies. It succeeded in preventing one state dictating to the rest who our president should be.

        • there lies the problem. The constitution was made before people started moving all over America. If someone from Texas moves to California, is their vote Texan or Californian? Do they have to go to Texas to be counted voting as a Texan? UNITED states my arse, this is as old as your inches and feet when the rest of the world went metric. Wake up to the times, what about Americans living overseas, which state are they voting into? It’s a farse

          • Of the first 13 states Delaware and Rhode Island still had equal considerations with all of the larger states. This process is not the work of idiots. In fact is it all about equality of each state within the Republic. It is most sad how people of this day misunderstand the process. This is the problem with reporting poopy vote. It is unnecessary as only the Electoral College votes actually count. While it derives from the overall it is not the determining factor. I am not affiliated with any political party. I do feel the results of 16 is the lessor of 2 evils. The big democratic crying game might wonder how madame H stole Bernie’s win well and above Donald’s overall success..Fear of socialism is a joke. Socialism defines the democrap party. Ex pres Bushy 2’s education mandate of leave all children behind has been an overwhelming success. As to Matt’s statement on measuring standards, we actually use both in manufacturing. Neither system is exclusive. As a machinist and a quality inspector I see advantages of both. I would agree the term United is a very loose term. It is indeed federal vs state in national elections/erections. The fed has greatly exceeded it’s intended powers by usurping the constitution. Yet, I would not be incorrect in stating that all national governments have little care for the little people and have always been most elitist in nature. It might serve well that the elitist nature was well set into place in the US before 3/4 of the nation could even read. Once in place the lie being told enough became truth.

        • If the Russians were responsible for the email did they not do the United States Senate a favor because Clinton was supposed to turn all the documents into the Senate which she failed to do and try to destroy and hide and lied

      • The electoral vote is what matters, the popular vote doesn’t have a bearing in the presidential election.
        Next we will decide super bowl games on how many fans show up.
        Sheesh, if you’re going to live here illegally, at least think a little.

  2. SICK, DISGUSTING, BUNCH OF UNEDUCATED, LOW LIFE, TRUMP LOSERS!!
    HE WILL BE IMPEACHED BEFORE 2017 IS OVER BECAUSE OF HIS BIG, OUT OF CONTROL, RUSSIAN LOVING, LOOSE MOUTH!! AND HIS DAMN TWITTER ACCOUNT!!!!!

  3. This election is exactly the reason why the Electoral College was created. Hillary Clinton won a 4 million vote plurality in California. Of the 2.8 million plurality she won nationwide all of it came from California. If you look at totals for the other 49 states plus the District of Columbia, Donald Trump won a plurality of 1.7 million votes. In other words as a whole the 49 states plus DC voted Trump, while California voted Clinton. So what we have here are bunch of precious snowflakes who think they know more than the founders who created this country. Because they went to government schools they were never taught that our form of government is a Republic, not a Democracy. Democracy is another word for mob rule. What the mob wants the mob gets and to hell with the minority. The wise Mr Hamilton did not want the majority ruling over the minority. He didn’t want one state choosing the president over all the rest. And so we have the Electoral College. In order to win an election you need to win a majority of states, not a majority of people. Trump won 98% of the country county wise. Hillary won in a few big cities. The election worked out exactly as designed.

    • you can’t see it Jay, people move state – this isn’t the old America where some people go their whole lives without ever even seeing the sea. And while were at it, you know why the big cities make great capitols? Cities is where all the money is made that goes to the rest of the country apart from a bit of agriculture. The constitution was made before people started moving all over America. If someone from Texas moves to California, is their vote Texan or Californian? Do they have to go to Texas to be counted voting as a Texan? UNITED states my arse, this is as old as your inches and feet when the rest of the world went metric. Wake up to the times, what about Americans living overseas, which state are they voting into? It’s a farse

  4. Californication and New Yawkers do not decide who is president. thank god…..educated men smarter than the idiots of academia today (and their programmed kids) knew how to be fair to all states.

  5. Wonder why the Russians did not try to prevent all the other democrats from taking control. Probably because it was not them. This is all a lie.

  6. All of u guys are so nasty to each other .we would be better off running a new election with new candidates

  7. SO, From MY Understanding, MY VOTE… Doesn’t Really Matter…Since The Electoral Count IS What Elects The President.
    Why Then… Do WE Go Through The Voting Process?
    *My Views… ARE, That IF RUSSIA Had ANY Influence On OUR Election Process… ALL Possible Influence SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED.
    Who’s To Say… That THEY Didn’t Interfere With The Electoral Count?
    Just How Far Would RUSSIA Go?
    In MY Mind… THEY WOULD DO ANYTHING WHICH WOULD SERVE TO BENEFIT RUSSIA…After All, It Isn’t The Whole Country…But One Man, PUTIN.
    Since The “Tearing Down Of The Wall”,… People Seem To Think That RUSSIA IS NOW OUR FRIEND…*RUSSIA IS NOT OUR FRIENDS…GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY THEY WOULD DESTROY AMERICA AND ALL OF THE FREE WORLD….. TODAY.
    ***
    I FEEL THAT A RECOUNT IS CALLED FOR…OF THE *VOTES (WHICH SHOULD MEAN MORE THAN THE ELECTORAL) SHOULD BE RECOUNTED, THE ELECTORAL VOTES SHOULD BE RECOUNTED… AND A FULL SCALE INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIA’S INVOLVEMENT.
    ****
    JUST THE FACT…. THAT THEY WERE INVOLVED….IS ENOUGH.