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Live updates: Checking in on Election Day

Checking in on Minnesota – and the country – as Election Days rolls on.
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We'll be offering occasional updates throughout the day on voting – how it's going in Minnesota and across the country. 

2:59 p.m. – Stolen Trump signs

A short, kind of amusing story from the Austin Daily Herald.

A GOP group in the area was trying to figure out who was stealing Trump-Pence signs – so put a GPS tracking device in a sign. The signal led police to the culprits – one 17, on 18 – who had several signs. They were cited and let go.

Nationally, there are a lot of interesting stories about stolen Trump signs.

2:15 p.m. – What Google is telling us

Google likes keeping track of what people are searching for. And Tuesday afternoon, the Google Trends account started tweeting about which candidates are seeing the most search activity in certain key states, such as Wisconsin:

And Pennsylvania:

Google didn't specifically tweet out a nice graphic for Minnesota, but we typed in all the presidential candidates ourselves with Google Trends to look at search activity over the past 24 hours.

On average over the past 24 hours, Trump and Clinton have had equal search interest, relative to how often they're normally searched. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is a pretty distant third, with Evan McMullin (independent) and Jill Stein (Green) rounding out the list.

What does this tell us? Nothing about how Minnesota might vote, or who's winning, or anything like that. You could search for any of the candidates for 1,000 different reasons, whether you support or oppose them.

It's strictly a look at Google searches, which shows some level of interest – whether it's positive or negative.

1:46 p.m. – Susan B. Anthony

Hundreds of people have gone to the grave site of women's rights icon Susan B. Anthony to place "I voted" stickers there.

It's a tradition during elections. But with this year being the first time in America’s history that a female presidential candidate is on the ballot with one of the major parties, it's more popular than ever. One station out in Rochester, New York, is even live streaming the site.

You can read more about it here.

12:39 p.m. – A very early exit poll

Exit polls are done as a way to take the temperature of voters in certain states, and to give news outlets an opportunity to try to predict where things are going.

Vox warns they're often not accurate, and have a hard time taking into account early voters, non-white voters, and small groups of voters.

But Morning Consult just released results of a poll that asks not about WHO people are voting for, but why they're voting and how they feel about it. It includes some Nov. 8 voters, as well as early voters.

More than one-third of voters have said they're looking for a "strong leader," Politico reported, while 29 percent want a "vision for the future."

And how are people feeling about the election? A whopping 85 percent of respondents said they "just want it to be over," and about 7 in 10 said they were "anxious" or "nervous."

11:35 a.m. – Problems in other states

In Minnesota we haven't seen any widespread issues with voting. But voters in a few other states are having a rougher time, as USA Today reports.

That includes voters in Pennsylvania "being asked to provide specific forms of identification that are not required and Spanish-speaking voters finding no Spanish speakers to assist them"; Technological issues in Durham, North Carolina, that forced them to use paper ballots; long lines and late openings in New York; broken voting machines in Philadelphia; and more.

The U.S. Department of Justice is watching over polling places in 28 different states (not Minnesota) to check for possible violations of voter rights, such as profiling, offering language options, whether anyone is being asked to do something different than other voters, and more.

11:02 a.m. – OK this is cool

10:53 a.m. – Protections against rigging

Minnesota has 30,000 election judges who are working today to make sure things run smoothly, honestly and fairly, Steve Simon says. Simon, the Secretary of State (aka the person in charge of running elections here) has tweeted about "rigging" and voter fraud concerns recently, and is confident nothing is happening. That includes public accuracy tests, with reps from both parties on hand to verify everything.

There's a whole rundown of steps they take to protect the integrity of the vote here. However, if you do feel like something unfair happened, you can reach out to the county attorney.

And for what it's worth, FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone says there's "been no significant evidence of widespread voter fraud in modern America." From 2000-2014, there have been 31 credible accounts of in-person voter fraud.

10 a.m. – Clinton and Trump vote

Donald Trump went to vote today, and was greeted with this:

Hillary Clinton also cast her vote this morning.

No word on who they voted for.

9:21 a.m. – Anyone recognize this guy?

9:15 a.m. – Lines so far

Some people faced long lines as early voting closed Monday night. So how are things looking at all the polling places today? Here's a look via Twitter.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. And remember – if you're in line by 8 p.m., you get to vote. Here's a quick rundown of other voting questions you might have, including what to bring if you need to register, and how to find out where you vote.

7 a.m. – Early voting is done

Polls are officially open in Minnesota. But a whole lot of people have gotten their voting done already. There are about 4 million eligible voters in Minnesota.

Secretary of State Steve Simon said more than 650,000 people – that's more than 16 percent of eligible voters – cast a ballot early.

That's compared to 267,000 in 2012, the last presidential election. This is the first presidential election in Minnesota with no excuse absentee voting, which Simon has credited with the huge rise in ballots already.

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