Voting Begins in Central States; Projections Expected to Emerge After 6 p.m. EST

© AFP 2022 / Logan CyrusPeople watch the third presidential debate between presidential debate between US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Murphy's Tap House in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina on October 19, 2016
People watch the third presidential debate between presidential debate between US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Murphy's Tap House in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina on October 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Voting in Tuesday's 2016 US elections is now underway throughout the country's central time zone.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The states of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah and New Mexico opened polling sites at 9 a.m. EST (14:00 GMT).

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An hour earlier, residents of Iowa, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi and Texas began voting, followed at 8:30 a.m. by Arkansas. The first polls to close will be in Indiana and Kentucky as of 6 p.m. EST, with results expected to start arriving soon thereafter.

The islands of western Alaska have the latest scheduled poll closing, at 1 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

In addition to choosing a new president, Americans on Tuesday will elect all 438 members of the House of Representatives, one-third of the Senate's 100 seats, legislators in 44 states, governors in 12 states, and a host of local officials.

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