Happening Today: Election Day, Cyber Security, Marijuana

What to Know

  • Americans vote for president and at the local level after months of election campaigning
  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will cast their votes in New York State and both candidates will be in Manhattan on Tuesday night
  • The U.S. is preparing for the potential of a cyber-attack and ballot initiatives in several states could prove a turning point for marijuana

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America Votes for President

After more than a year of campaigning, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump planned to cast their votes, along with the rest of America, on Tuesday. The candidates blitzed through the battleground states on Monday, accompanied by their families, political allies and celebrities. Clinton was set to vote near her home in Chappaqua, New York, and Trump, in Manhattan. Among likely voters, Clinton continues to lead Trump in a four-way contest with 47 percent to Trump's 41 percent, shows the final NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, conducted between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6. Here’s a look back at pivotal moments in this presidential race. 

U.S. Prepares for Cyber-Attack

The U.S. government is making an unprecedented effort to protect Tuesday's presidential election from cyber-attack. The concern is so high, intelligence officials told NBC, that for the first time, hundreds of military and intelligence cyber experts who work out of top secret facilities will be monitoring intelligence about a U.S. presidential election.

Election 2016 in the Tri-State

Tuesday will mark the first time in more than 70 years that both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees will be celebrating Election Day in New York City. That means stepped up security and road closures in Manhattan as voters head to the polls. In New York State, Democrats hope to cut into or possibly erase Republicans' 247-188 majority in the House in several elections. Democrats currently control the Assembly and hold the governor's office, and Republicans control the Senate. All 63 seats in the New York Senate and 150 seats in the Assembly are up for election this year. The outcome is likely to come down to a handful of competitive races on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley. Meanwhile, New York U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer faces Republican Wendy Long in his first serious challenge in nearly two decades. In New Jersey, voters will be electing U.S. House members and taking up decisions about gambling and the gas tax. In Connecticut, there are local races on the ballot and Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal is running for reelection.

Where to Vote and Watch

Not sure where to vote? Find your polling place here. If you plan on sharing a voting booth selfie, remember that it’s illegal in New York and New Jersey but legal in Connecticut. Here's what to do if you have any problems at the polls, and here’s where you can watch election coverage in New York City as the results come in Tuesday night.

Pivotal Election Comes to a Close

No matter who wins on Tuesday night, history will be made. Hillary Clinton could become the first woman elected president of the U.S. or Donald Trump could lead an unprecedented grassroots campaign into history. Here’s a look back at this unforgettable election in photos.

Marijuana’s Moment?

Voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will consider legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Those ballot initiatives, along with medical marijuana measures in other states, could be the biggest advance yet toward pot legalization. 

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