ABC unveils its USA election day coverage

Trump or Biden? The landscape of American politics has never been so volatile and the country has never been so divided.  

As the USA heads to the polls, ABC NEWS will bring you up-to-the-minute coverage across the day and into the evening on ABC TV, Radio and ABC NEWS digital.

ABC TV & iview

Tune-in to ABC + iview and ABC NEWS Channel from 6am to join Lisa Millar and Michael Rowland in Washington DC for a special US Election edition of News Breakfast.

From 10am, Ellen Fanning, Stan Grant and David Speers will have continuous and uninterrupted coverage as the day unfolds, with Antony Green providing state by state results and analysis, plus Casey Briggs examining the impact of COVID-19 on the election and Jeremy Fernandez exploring some of the big issues of the Trump presidency.

Throughout the day they will be joined by a panel of guests from Australia and across the United States, with regular live crosses to Michael Rowland and Philip Williams from Washington DC, and our US correspondents David Lipson and Kathryn Diss who will be with the Trump and Biden campaigns gauging reaction on the ground. Meanwhile, back in Australia Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello will be on hand to give us their insights.

At 7pm, join 7.30’s Leigh Sales for a one-hour News Special, dissecting the ongoing events of the day and providing analysis of what the election result will mean for Australia and the world. Our regular 7pm presenters will join Leigh to present all the day’s local news.

At 8pm, on ABC NEWS channel, join host of Q+A Hamish Macdonald and The Drum presenter Julia Baird for deeper discussion and commentary about the outcome of the election. Has there been a clear result? Will there be legal challenges? Hamish and Julia will be joined by special guests to break it down.

Planet America has been the go-to show ahead of the 2020 US Election. Join John Barron and Chas Licciardello at 9pm on ABC NEWS channel (9:35pm on ABC TV) for an extended 2-hour live episode to examine the day’s events and results in their own inimitable way as they speak to Democratic and Republican players, along with other special guests.

At 11pm on ABC NEWS channel (11:35pm on ABC TV), The World with Beverley O’Connor will close the day, speaking with guests about the impact of the US Election on our region and our world.

In addition to all the US Election coverage, Joe O’Brien and Karina Carvalho will bring audiences the latest developments regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and other news stories across the day and night.

ABC iview

All the continuous and uninterrupted coverage is available to stream live on ABC iview.

Also available to watch anytime on iview, a dedicated collection for USA Votes, including special reports by Jeremy Fernandez about President Trump’s first term – issues like foreign affairs, the economy, fake news and race relations. There will be deep dives from the Planet America team about the battleground states along key stories on the campaign.


ABC Radio will keep you right across all the twists and turns on Election Day.

Find up to the minute coverage on News Radio and on our news bulletins, across the entire ABC radio network and online.

And for what it all means for you, tune in to our best analysis with AM, The World Today and PM. You’ll hear from our correspondents on the ground, leading election specialists and real voters about the issues that matter to them.

Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas will keep Radio National audiences in the know with their expert take on the key election takeaways, at both ends of the day on RN Breakfast and RN Drive.

And for a deeper dive, don’t miss our election podcast, America, If You’re Listening. Matt Bevan delves into the past four years, dissecting how Trump’s presidency has shaped America, for better or worse.

You can play all your favourite ABC radio, live or later via the listen app.

ABC NEWS digital

ABC NEWS digital has all the 2020 US election coverage you need.

Our correspondents in Washington will bring you regular updates with all the colour from the campaign trail and polling day as it unfolds. Our live blog and results page will be continuously updated with breaking news as it happens on the streets of the US and as each polling booth is counted.

ABC NEWS digital’s coverage will include a comprehensive suite of explainers to unpack the meaning behind each development for anyone new to the US electoral process. Our team of experts will provide analysis of the race to give you the wider context and help you understand why the outcome matters to Americans, Australians and major international players.

Still have questions? You can ask us anything about the race via a form at the bottom of all our US election stories.

To stay up to date with all our US election coverage visit, download the ABC News App, follow the ABC News Facebook and Instagram pages, subscribe to ABC News on Messenger or (for Mac and iPhone users) use the ABC News channel on Apple News.

USA Votes: ABC’s Election Day Coverage Live
Wednesday, 4th November from 6am (all times shown in AEDT)


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