US voters go to the polls on Tuesday, to take part in midterm elections that will help define the remaining two years of President Donald Trump’s first term in office.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs in the midterms, as well as 35 seats in the Senate, and 39 governorships in 36 states and three US territories.
Trump’s Republican party currently has a majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, but failure to hold on to either could result in political deadlock for the US leader’s most ambitious policies.
Tuesday, November 6
Voting machines in Atlanta
Some potentially disturbing news coming out of Atlanta. Reports on Twitter say some polling stations are suffering from a shortage of voting machines, while others are reporting technical difficulties.
Atlanta is in Georgia, where the first black female candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, is standing against Republican Brian Kemp.
The latter has attracted strong criticism for refusing to give up his position as Georgia’s secretary of state, a position which involves overseeing the election.
Kemp has dismissed the charge of a conflict of interest, and has instead doubled down on his position by using his office to accuse to Democrats of hacking a state voter registry without presenting evidence.