For­get TV: How to fol­low US Elec­tion Day on­line

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TVs are so last cen­tury. News out­lets are us­ing Face­book Live, Snapchat, YouTube and other tools to of­fer live cov­er­age of Elec­tion Day in ways not pos­si­ble four years ago. It’s a fit­ting close to an elec­tion sea­son that has played out on Twit­ter and Face­book as much as it has on the nightly news, with de­bates live-streamed on­line and can­di­dates barb­ing on so­cial me­dia. Here’s your on­line guide for to­day. All times are East­ern.

Find your polling place and more

Un­less you’re one of the mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who have al­ready voted, it’s a good idea to find out where to cast your bal­lot, prefer­ably be­fore Tues­day. Googling “how to vote” will take you to lo­cal­ized re­sults that in­clude the times the polls are open and any re­quire­ments such as an ID. You can also en­ter your ad­dress to lo­cate your polling place.

Face­book’s elec­tions tool will show you what’s on your bal­lot and where var­i­ous can­di­dates stand on key is­sues. The in­for­ma­tion comes from the non­par­ti­san group Cen­ter for Tech­nol­ogy and Civic Life, which also gen­er­ates some of the data for Google searches such as “what’s on my bal­lot.” To get started, go to https://www.face­­tions/your­plan (you’ll need a Face­book ac­count).

Snap away

Snapchat users will be able to see “live sto­ries” on the app - show­ing peo­ple at the polls, elec­tion re­sults, ac­cep­tance and con­ces­sion speeches and elec­tion night cel­e­bra­tions. In the U.S., users will see over­lays they can add to their snaps.

Face-off on face­book

NowThis, a news out­let aimed at mil­len­ni­als, will have video cov­er­age on its Face­book chan­nel. Co­me­dian Jor­dan Car­los will host the stream, called “No Sleep til POTUS.” CNN will have live cov­er­age with re­porters in bat­tle­ground states, as well as drone shots of vot­ing lo­ca­tions and in­ter­na­tional re­ac­tion through­out the day. Each hour from 9 am to 6 pm will be streamed from a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion. Af­ter 6 p.m., the net­work will con­tinue Face­book Live streams from var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing watch par­ties and, again, bat­tle­ground states.

The Wash­ing­ton Post is plan­ning live pro­gram­ming on its Face­book page be­gin­ning at 7 p.m. The show will in­clude com­men­tary and up­dates from Post re­porters, in­clud­ing those at cam­paign head­quar­ters for both Don­ald Trump and Hillary Clin­ton. The New York Times will also stream elec­tion cov­er­age on its Face­book page, be­gin­ning at 4:30 pm, from lo­ca­tions such as polling sta­tions, col­lege cam­puses and elec­tion view­ing par­ties. Other news out­lets with live stream­ing plans in­clude Univi­sion, PBS NewsHour, the Daily Caller, ABC News and Vox.

Twitch along with Twit­ter

Twit­ter is part­ner­ing with Buz­zFeed News for a live stream from Buz­zFeed’s New York head­quar­ters. The stream will be­gin at 6 pm Twit­ter says seg­ments will in­clude cri­tiques of tra­di­tional news out­lets and how they are cov­er­ing the elec­tion, as well as live re­ports from Buz­zFeed jour­nal­ists at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the US and else­where. Go to http://elec­tion.twit­ . You don’t need an ac­count.

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