How to Follow the Results of the 2016 U.S. Election Online

TwinStar Media November 8, 2016 0
How to Follow the Results of the 2016 U.S. Election Online

The end of the 2016 U.S. election, and quite possibly the world as we know it, is almost nye — but we still have one more night of ups, downs, memes, controversies and a palpable sense of dread left to endure.

If, like us, you like your dread best served through the medium of far too many open web browser tabs on a computer screen in a dimly room, you’re in luck. You don’t need to be glued to your TV anymore, just simply check out this handy guide below for all the ways you can consume tonight’s coverage on your computer, phone or streaming device.


The search engine giant will integrate national and local election results — which includes the latest polls, an electoral vote tracker and more — into its search entries, continuously updating as new information becomes available.

The site will also include results on the congressional, gubernatorial, senatorial, and state-level referenda and ballot propositions.


The importance of Twitter on election night, if only to keep you laughing, can’t be underestimated. The click-kings over at Buzzfeed know this all too well, and have partnered with the social media site to broadcast live coverage throughout the evening.

The live stream will be accessible on both Twitter’s desktop website and inside the mobile app. All you need to do is head to the Moments tab to view the live stream. If you have an Apple TV, Xbox One or Amazon Fire TV, you can also view the live stream on your TV, thanks to Twitter’s new TV app. The live stream will be available from 6pm ET.


YouTube will host live stream election coverage from Bloomberg, Complex News, NBC, MTV, PBS, Telemundo, and The Young Turks. Streaming kicks off at 7PM ET on Tuesday. Head here for all links.


On top of that, several news outlets will be live-streaming election coverage on Facebook. They include: ABC News, CNN, Daily Caller, The New York Times, NowThis, PBS NewsHour, Univision, Vox, AJ+, and The Washington Post.

Sling TV

Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial that doesn’t require any contracts and can be canceled at any time, which opens up the platform to non-subscribers looking for actual TV coverage on their computers. With Sling TV’s most basic subscription package, Sling Orange, you get over 25 channels, including news stations like CNN. Head to Sling for more information.


Nice and simple, Politico has a complete visual breakdown of results by state as well as an easy-to-use bar which tracks electoral votes. Check it out here when the first polls open.

Streaming news stations

CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox all have dedicated landing pages for the elections, and they’ll all live-stream their news coverage for free — so long as you’re located in the States.


VoteCastr, partnered with Slate and Vice News, is promising “minute-by-minute projected outcomes,” with data-collection teams “across the battleground states” streaming data. This info will then be checked against proprietary precinct, county, and statewide database models, beginning when polls open in Florida and ending with the final poll closing in Nevada. This promises to be the most terrifying way to watch the election because the projected result will likely swing both ways throughout the day. Check it out here.

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