What time do the polls open and close?
And how long does it take to declare?US election counts are quicker than what we're used to in the UK. In the past, networks have called it correctly as early as 11pm ET, or 4am GMT (although in 2000 some called it incorrectly at 7.50pm). In 2008, Networks called it for Obama at 11pm, while John McCain conceded at 11.09pm. In 2012 it took a little longer: networks called it at 11.15pm; Mitt Romney conceded at 12.47pm. If it's super close, we might not know until the following day. Or the following month – in 2000, Al Gore eventually conceded on 13 December, more than a month later…
So what time should I set my alarm?
4am, probably. The drama will happen from then.