US election: What time are election results?

Millions of Americans are voting, but when exactly will we know whether Trump or Clinton snatched victory?

    File: Millions of people around the world are eagerly anticipating the US election result [EPA]
    File: Millions of people around the world are eagerly anticipating the US election result [EPA]

    When will we know who will be called as America's next president?

    The short answer: By 23:00 EST which is 04:00 GMT.

    State projections are likely to be announced between 19:00 EST and 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT).

    But, it depends how it goes. If huge numbers sway one way or another, the result will become clear earlier. Some say the result could be called while some ballots are still being cast.

    Is the result official?

    No. Counting every single vote could take several days.

    So how is it decided?

    American media calls it.

    Each network is under pressure to get it right with research teams. They use what are known as "decision desks", which employ statisticians and pollsters to project the outcome.

    LIVE: Election results minute by minute

    The Associated Press news agency, NBC, CNN, Fox News and Edison Research carry out exit polls, which help the networks to predict the results.

    Has a presidential election result ever be called incorrectly?

    Yes. In 2000, when they blew a call on the Florida election results - twice. On the second occasion, they prematurely declared that George W Bush was the next president. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.