When will the election results be announced? Dear god put us out of our misery soon

Considering all the controversy and offensiveness that has defined this election season, it’s no surprise countless Americans are ready for it to be over. Record numbers of people voted early, obviously to get this thing over with, and the election itself will take place at polling places across the nation Tuesday. But when will the election results actually be announced? Thankfully, projected outcomes come out pretty fast, but the actual time results are definitively released is affected by the fact that polling places across the nation close at varying times.

For instance, most states’ polling places close by 10 p.m. ET, but Hawaii’s polls remain open until 11 p.m. ET, and in Alaska, some polls are open until 1 in the morning East Coast time. But obviously, that doesn’t keep outlets like the Associated Press or The New York Times from running projections of who won the presidency or the results of other initiatives and races on the ballot.

Media projections predicting the winner typically emerge at roughly 11 p.m. ET, as they have over the past few elections, or really whenever one candidate finally wins enough electoral votes to essentially call it for them. In 2012, this was 11:15 p.m. ET after Obama won Ohio and, as a result, won enough electoral votes. So it’s probably a good time to poke your head out of hiding and look for results.

To put things in perspective, of the millions of early vote ballots that have been cast by some 40 percent of voters at this point, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton maintains a relatively decisive lead over her Republican rival. And in crucial swing states that could quite literally determine the outcome of the election, from Florida and Pennsylvania to Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Clinton also holds relatively solid leads over Trump.

But that being said, don’t assume this means election night will just magically go smoothly. If the events of these past months prove anything, it’s that it’s far more likely the opposite will be true. Donald Trump has been touting the narrative that the election, the “establishment” figures overseeing it, and the media covering it are somehow all rigged against him, which pretty much sounds like a recipe for an explosive and contentious evening when results come out.

That being said, these days, Nov. 9 has been upheld and glorified as a sort of national holiday, as if it will magically signal the end of all our woes. Sure, it could bring women and minorities across the nation huge relief, but it could also be the advent of a revolutionary, racist uprising of Trump supporters. Godspeed.