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US election LIVE updates: Joe Biden maintains lead over Donald Trump as record number of Americans head to the polls

Just as he did in 2016, Trump has phoned into Fox & Friends for a live interview on election day.

The President was scheduled to join his favourite cable news network at 11pm AEDT, but ended up calling in 45 minutes late.

The President, known for his ability to energise his supporters at rousing rallies, was uncharacteristically subdued and his voice sounded husky and strained. He has held 14 rallies in the last three days alone. He called Fox just six hours after returning to the White House following his final rally in Michigan.

Earlier, he tweeted a video of himself dancing to The Village People’s hit YCMA at his rallies.

Amid concerns Trump will claim to have won even if the result is unconfirmed or favouring Biden, the President said he would declare himself the winner "only when there’s victory.”

He said he had no reason to "play games” because he has a "very solid chance at winning.”

But in revealing language as he wrapped up his 45-minute chat, he told the program’s hosts that the Fox broadcast had "been a very special show for me.”

The final forecast from ABC News’ FiveThirtyEight favoured Biden to beat Trump. Even so, Trump retains a 10 per cent chance of staying in power because of the possibility that polls are underestimating Trump’s support, it said.

So-called "anti-scaling” fencing has been erected around the White House as a precautionary measure in case of violence as voters in the US make their decision between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Signs now cover the fence that protects the White House.

Signs now cover the fence that protects the White House.Credit:AP

The National Park Service said the fencing was installed at the request of the Secret Service "regarding the unique security requirements with the upcoming presidential election, and the need to quickly de-escalate potentially violent encounters, protect park resources, and maintain public safety.”

The fencing was installed on Monday and will remain in place for five days. On Tuesday, the fence was photographed covered in signs, most advocating Trump’s removal from the building it is protecting.

with The Washington Post

Two tiny New Hampshire towns that vote for president in the first minutes of election day, just after the stroke of midnight, have already cast their ballots, with one of them marking 60 years since the tradition began.

The results in Dixville Notch, near the Canadian border, were a sweep for Biden, who won the town’s five votes.

In nearby Millsfield, Trump won 16 votes to Biden’s five. Normally, there would be a big food spread and many people crammed into a small space to watch the voting in Dixville Notch, but the coronavirus pandemic shelved those plans.

"Sixty years – and unfortunately, we can’t celebrate it,” Tom Tillotson, the town moderator in Dixville Notch, said

With AP

Joe Biden will head to Philadelphia and his native Scranton on Tuesday as part of a closing get-out-to-vote effort before awaiting election results in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

His running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, will visit Detroit, a heavily black city in battleground Michigan.

President Donald Trump, after a morning appearance on his favoured network, Fox News Channel, planned to visit his campaign headquarters in Virginia. He has invited hundreds of supporters to an election night party in the East Room of the White House.

The candidates blitzed through the battleground states on Monday, with Biden also pushing into Ohio, a state once thought to be safe for Trump.

The President, for his part, packed in five rallies, Air Force One streaking across the sky as he drew crowds in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and then back to Michigan again. His finale stretched past midnight in Grand Rapids, where he had also held his last rally in 2016.

Polls opened in some eastern states at 6am, local time. The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm on Tuesday (11am Wednesday AEDT) when polls close in states such as Georgia, although definitive national results could take days if the contest is tight.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of election day in the US, as Americans make their choice between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden in a bitter campaign that has divided a nation.

Nearly 100 million Americans have already voted early, an astonishing figure equal to about 70 per cent of the total turnout four years ago.

US President Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

US President Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Joe Biden. Credit:AP

Now it falls to election day voters to finish the job, ending a campaign that was upended by the coronavirus pandemic and defined by tensions over who could best address it.

Biden enters election day with multiple paths to victory while Trump, playing catch-up in a number of battleground states, has a narrower but still feasible road to clinch 270 Electoral College votes.

The nation is braced for what is to come – and be warned: a result may not be known for several days to come. Stick with us as we take you through the day’s developments.