Election Day 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Polls open across the United States today as candidates vie for Senate, House, and Governor’s races, in addition to races for lower-level offices in state and municipal races.

Voters’ decisions will affect the control of the Senate and the tone of President Obama’s final years in office.

Here’s what you need to know about the day:

1. It’s Easy to Find Out About Your Polling Place

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(Screengrab – Google)

There are many ways to find out about where and when you can vote.

If you search ‘where to vote’ or ‘when do polls open’, Google has a built-in search tool where you can enter your address and get answers.

Rockthevote.com also has a search tool for ‘Voting Information Lookup‘, where voters can search what is on the ballot and where they can vote.

2. You May Not Have to Be Pre-Registered to Vote

Scott Brown's bus is seen during a campaign stop in Newport, New Hampshire (Getty)

Scott Brown’s bus is seen during a campaign stop in Newport, New Hampshire (Getty)

In many states, to vote in the midterms on Tuesday a voter must have handed in a voter registration prior to the date of the election to be considered registered and eligible to vote in these elections.

However, in a minority of states it is possible to register in person on Election Day.

These states include Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

This list happens to include some of the states with the closest-run races during this campaign season.

3. TV Is Covering the Midterms Heavily

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News channels will be devoting the entire evening to covering the elections.

CNN’s coverage will be led by Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper, joined by Jake Tapper. They apparently have more than two dozen reporters across the country covering the midterms.

Fox News Channel’s coverage will be led by political anchor Bret Baier, and its 9 p.m. anchor Megyn Kelly.

At 11 p.m., “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” will be live. R.N.C. chair Reince Priebus will appear on “The Daily Show” and Andrew Sullivan will be on “Colbert’”s coverage.

Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com will be on ABC’s coverage, led by George Stephanopoulos.

4. CNN Is Taking Over the Empire State Building for the Night

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CNN is going to be using the Empire State Building as part of their elections coverage, taking control of the iconic lighting to help show the progress of the voting results.

They will be projecting blue and red lights on its side until one party controls the Senate, at which point the whole building will turn that color.

5. There Will Also Be Coverage Online

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Many news networks are also featuring online coverage of the elections, through newscasts and online streaming of their coverage.

FoxNews.com’s “The Strategy Room” will start streaming at 9 p.m. and run through 11 p.m. CNN.com’s “HambyCast” coverage will start at 8 p.m., hosted by Peter Hamby. USAToday.com’s coverage will have a more local focus, with reporters from local stations across the country contributing.

Twitter was a large part of many of the campaigns, both for candidates and supporters and for those weighing in from the outside, and it will also play a large role during the election results.

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