Voters also cast ballots for governor of New Jersey, lieutenant governor of Virginia and mayor of several major U.S. cities, including New York, Boston, Atlanta, Buffalo and Minneapolis, among other races. And while the balance of power is not expected to change in Congress, there are also two special elections for the U.S. House in Ohio, plus a special primary election for a Florida House seat that takes place on Tuesday.
Voters in six states will weigh a combined 24 state-wide ballot papers, but the highest profile has been a Minneapolis question asking voters if they want to remove the police department from the city charter and replace it with a public safety department. This will be the first time voters have the chance to weigh in on the issue of police work – which is likely to have a prominent place in the mid-term 2022 period – since George Floyd’s assassination in Minneapolis last year.
With plenty of action to watch, here’s everything you need to know about watching CNN’s special coverage.
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Special TV coverage on CNN begins at. 18.00 ET.
Jake Tapper will anchor coverage in Washington from 6 p.m. 18.00-12.00 ET with analyzes from Dana Bash and Nia-Malika Henderson. John King will also be live in the polling station from CNN Magic Wall, as well as David Chalian, who will cover exit polls, and Pamela Brown at the polling station. Anderson Cooper, Van Jones, David Axelrod, Gloria Borger and Scott Jennings will provide additional coverage from New York City, and Don Lemon will anchor the network’s coverage late at night from 6 p.m. 12.00-02.00 ET.
Before the polls close, CNN Politics has several election day resources available to readers:
What to see at Tuesday’s election
What Virginia’s election says about the nation
Virginia will, for the first time, elect a colored woman as lieutenant governor
Murphy is trying to become the first Democratic governor to win re-election in New Jersey in over 40 years
Five mayoral races to see in Minneapolis, New York City, Boston, Buffalo and Atlanta
Six states will vote on 24 state-wide ballot papers in Tuesday’s election
Voters will decide on the future of police work in Minneapolis. The question goes beyond “defusing the police”
When do polling stations close?
The polling stations close at 19.00 ET in Virginia and Florida
Virginia voters cast ballots for governor to decide between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, with the race serving as a key bell for the national mood heading into 2022 midway and beyond. Virginia has leaned toward Democrats over the past decade, but McAuliffe and Youngkin are locked in what polls show to be a neck-and-neck race with more than 1.1 million ballots already cast during early voting.
Virginia voters are also electing a new lieutenant governor. Whatever the outcome, Virginia will select a colored woman for the position for the first time.
And in Florida, voters in the 20th Congressional District are casting ballots in a primary race over who should become the Democratic candidate to succeed the late Rep. Alcee Hastings, who died in April.
The polling stations close at 19:30 ET in Ohio
Voters are voting in two special U.S. House elections in the 11th and 15th Congress districts, none of which are expected to change hands from the party that previously held them. Democrat Shontel Brown and Republican Laverne Gore face off in the 11th District to replace Democrat Marcia Fudge, who left the seat to become President Joe Biden’s secretary of housing and urban development. And in the 15th District, voters decide between Democrat Allison Russo and Republican Mike Carey to replace the former Republican rep. Steve Stivers, who left to lead the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
The polling stations close at 20.00 ET in New Jersey, Atlanta and Boston
New Jersey voters will have to choose between Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli. If Murphy wins, he would become the first Democratic governor in the state to be re-elected since 1977.
In Atlanta, 14 candidates are vying to replace Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is not running for re-election. The competition takes place amid alarms about the rise of violent crime, as well as controversy over an attempt by residents of the affluent community of Buckhead to break out of the capital and create their own city.
And Bostonians are voting for a historic election as the city prepares to elect a colored woman for the first time. Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, a proponent of progressive politics, faces a more moderate rival Annissa Essaibi George, who serves as a major Boston City Council member.
The polling stations close at 21.00 ET in New York City, Buffalo and Minneapolis
In New York City, voters decide between Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams – who won the narrowest of contests to become the Democratic candidate – and Republican Curtis Sliwa, a founder of Guardian Angels and media personality. Adams’ race on Tuesday will be less dramatic as the retired NYPD captain is almost certain to be elected in this highly democratic city. His rise, however, is about more than the city, as Adams and his campaign have been hailed by top Democrats as a case study in how the party should move forward.
In Buffalo, Democratic Socialist India Walton – who defeated four-time Mayor Byron Brown in the city’s Democratic primary in June – is the only name on the ballot. But to win the mayor’s office, she will have to defeat Brown again. The incumbent mayor launches an aggressive writing campaign.
Voters in Minneapolis are voting for the mayor, as well as for the ballot paper on police work in the city, nearly a year and a half after Floyd’s assassination.