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November 3, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden each need 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Follow here for the latest updates on voting and election results.

Franklin County, Ohio, which includes the city of Columbus, will use paper poll books to check voters in today, Franklin County Board of Elections Public Information Officer Aaron Sellers told CNN.

The decision to use paper poll books instead of their electronic poll book system was made at 5:30 a. m. local time, he said, because there was trouble updating the electronic poll book system after yesterday’s early voting concluded, Sellers said.

Early voting ended in the county at 2 p. m. yesterday, but because of long lines, Sellers said they were not finished with voting until about 3:30 p. m. After voting concluded, there was trouble updating the electronic poll book file, Sellers said.

The Ohio secretary of state said Franklin County will use paper poll books today “due to the large amount of early voting.

More than 100 million Americans voted nationwide before the polls opened on Election Day, according to a survey of election officials by CNN, Edison Research, and Catalist.

In an additional seven states, the pre-election vote represents at least 90% of their 2016 total vote – North Carolina, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.

At least 37 states and Washington, DC have crossed their halfway marks for total 2016 ballots cast, including 14 of CNN’s 16 most competitively-ranked states - Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio 

Nine out of 10 drive-thru polling locations will be closed in the Houston-area county on Election Day. Some background: On Monday, a federal judge had rejected a GOP request to invalidate 127,000 ballots cast in drive-thru early voting.

In announcing the decision to close most of the drive-thru locations, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins said on Twitter that he "cannot in good faith encourage voters to cast their votes in tents if that puts their votes at risk. " The location that will remain open is the Toyota Center, which has "walls and a roof" and would fit the judge's description as a building, a county clerk spokesperson told CNN.

Those two states are worth a combined 26 electoral votes.

Other polls released on Saturday and Sunday from individual states worth at least 11 electoral votes suggest he will have options to choose from.

Early results that pop up shortly after the polls close might look very different from the final outcome, because of unprecedented levels of mail-in ballots and early voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most of President Trump's supporters say they want to vote on Election Day. States count these different types of votes in very different ways.

CNN won't project a winner of a state until polls in that state close (and maybe much later if things are tight).

Many, many more millions of Americans have voted early in person or by mail this year than usual because of the pandemic, so it could take more time to count those ballots, particularly in a few key battleground states (ahem, Pennsylvania).

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