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Polls open in US eastern states

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016

Polls to determine the next president of the United States have opened across much of the East Coast.

The election will decide who will hold the country's highest office and end a campaign marked by ugly rhetoric and personal attacks, all of which helped expose a deep and bitter divide in the electorate.

Voters are choosing between Democrat Hillary Clinton, the favourite going into election day, or Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton's vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was shown on CNN casting his vote as the polls opened.

Both campaigns kept up the pressure until the end. Clinton's campaign ticked down the minutes until the start of the polls with calls to vote and to "build bridges, not walls," a dig at Trump's promise to build a wall with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants.

Trump's Twitter feed was more sedate, but highlighted his final round of campaign stops ahead of the start of voting.

"Today we are going to win the great state of MICHIGAN and we are going to WIN back the White House!" read the most recent message.

Polling locations will continue to open across the US all the way to Hawaii, the state farthest to the west. Millions of voters already have cast their ballots in early voting, which is offered in 34 states and in Washington.

Here's a list of which states close polls and when in Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

0900 Wednesday AEDT : Parts of Indiana, Kentucky

1000 AEDT - most of Florida; Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia,

parts of New Hampshire, rest of Kentucky and Indiana

1030 AEDT: Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia

1100 AEDT : Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Illinois, Kansas, Maine,

Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey,

Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, first parts

of North and South Dakota, latter parts of Florida and New Hampshire.

1130 AEDT: Arkansas

1200 AEDT: Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New

Mexico, Wisconsin, Wyoming, second parts of North and South Dakota

1300 AEDT: Most of Idaho; Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah

1400 AEDT: California, Oregon, Washington, rest of Idaho

1500 AEDT Wednesday: Alaska

1600 AEDT: Hawaii

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