Trump vs. Biden reaches the grand finale as Americans head out to choose their next President.
Americans on Tuesday will decide who will occupy the White House for the next four years — incumbent President and Republican nominee Donald Trump or former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden — as the Election Day has finally arrived.
In one of the most polarising presidential races in U.S. history, citizens will also have to brave the COVID-19 pandemic threat before stepping out to exercise their franchise.
Biden releases video on voting day
Joe Biden meanwhile released a simple video on voting day encouraging people to go out and vote, with the message: “It comes down to this”
Trump releases video montage of him ‘dancing’ to “YMCA”
On voting day, pinned to the top of President Donald Trump’s twitter profile is a video montage of him dancing to “YMCA”, the 1978 hit of the band Village People, at various campaign rallies. Over 2 minutes and 12 seconds, Mr Trump merely does fist punches in robotic fashion, occasionally pointing his index finger to the crowds as the disco hit plays on. The video ends with the message “Get out and vote”.
Trump’s top domestic security official urges patience over vote count
Donald Trump’s top domestic security official urged voters on Tuesday to be patient in waiting for election results after reports that the president could rush to claim victory.
“Voters should be patient while waiting for the outcome of this year’s election,” said Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security.
“It is important to recognize that this process may require time.”
Trump reportedly told confidants that he would declare victory late on Tuesday if it looked like he was ahead in the voting, though he denied the accusation.
As voting opened, he told Fox News that there was “no reason to play games” over declaring victory early.
Officials in many states have said that counting the large numbers of mail-in votes could take at least another day, and perhaps three days.
Wolf told a press briefing that US election systems remain “resilient” despite attempts by foreign countries like Iran and Russia to hack them and to obtain voter data.
“We have no indications that a foreign actor has succeeded in compromising or affecting the actual votes cast in this election. But we do remain on high alert,” said Wolf.
Chris Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which is in charge of election security, said he is confident that the vote results, which will only begin coming in on Tuesday evening, will be secure.
“There may be other events or activities or efforts to interfere and undermine confidence in the election,” Krebs said. “So I ask all Americans to be patient, to treat all sensational and unverified claims with skepticism,” he said.