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By Tim Darnell – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stephanie Toone – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Americans are going to the polls today to determine whether President Donald Trump will be elected to another four-year term or Democrat Joe Biden will replace him in the White House.

Either way, history will be made Tuesday. Trump will become the first president to be reelected despite being impeached by the U.S. House, or if Biden wins, he will become the oldest man ever elected to the Oval Office by the time of his Jan. 20, 2021, inauguration.

More than 100 million people have already voted, and it could take longer than usual for elections officials to process the historic surge in early and mail-in ballots.

Both campaigns insist they have a pathway to victory, though Biden’s options for picking up the required 270 Electoral College votes are more plentiful. Trump is banking on a surge of enthusiasm from his most loyal supporters.

Both candidates have armies of lawyers in the event the election is contested.

ExploreWhat happens if the U.S. election is contested?

The AJC will post live updates on poll openings and closings, and presidential election results here, throughout the day.

2:07 p.m.

North Carolina voting results reportedly will be delayed at least 45 minutes after the elections board voted to extend Sampson County’s polling place and three others due to earlier issues.

2:05 p.m.

A protest is blocking a road near the White House.

1:35 p.m.

A U.S. judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to sweep facilities, including in Philadelphia, this afternoon to ensure no ballots have been held up for delivery.

1 p.m.

The FBI is investigating reported robocalls encouraging voters to “stay home and stay safe.”

12:41 p.m.

A record 100.2 million people voted early in the presidential election between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Elections Project. It includes 35.7 million in-person early votes and 64.6 million ballots cast by mail.

12:23 p.m.

President Trump had received backlash for an election night party previously reported to invite about 400 people to the White House’s East Room. The party would replace a gathering at the Trump International Hotel nearby due to coronavirus restrictions. According to a CNN report, the attendance will be limited to 250 people, who will all receive rapid COVD-19 testing.

11:24 a.m. Robocalls telling people to “stay home” reported in “more than one state” amid U.S. presidential elections: News Outlet via CNN.

9:00 a.m. Polls open in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming.

8:51 a.m. Nearly 2 million absentee ballots returned in Wisconsin ahead of Election Day, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.