What time does the ballot counting start on Election day? I am really interested in watching some of the news broadcasts this year; but I have an exam on Wednesday November 5, which, owing to the time difference, is still November 4 in the US. I can't remember from previous elections... how long does it usually take for them to start being able to call it? When Australia had their Federal election last November, it was only about 4 hours from the time they started counting the ballots to when they could call who had won. I am guessing this election will be very close so it won't be quick, but is it usually the same night, or does the ballot counting usually go over until the next day?
[I am really annoyed that one of my exams is on the 5th; just the day I didn't want it to be on! At least the other one isn't until the 11th, so I will be able to pay attention to all the post-election dissection]