Scenes from the final week along the campaign trail

After a long and hard-fought battle, Election Day 2016 is here — likely a relief for the candidates, their campaigns and citizens across the country.

As national polls showed the candidates’ numbers getting closer and closer in the last week, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton amped up their campaigning. Notable names like Katy Perry and Steve Aoki stepped out for Clinton, while Trump and the Secret Service faced a brief scare in Nevada and a final FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails was closed.

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The best photos from the 2016 election year

Bernie Sanders and his bird. Khizr Khan’s pocket Constitution at the DNC. Questionable photoshopping of Ted Cruz. The past 10 months of this election year have certainly provided us with plenty of memorable moments.

Now, we’re down to the final hours of the election. By the end of the night, the country will have a new president-elect, likely either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, who represent the two major political parties.

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A look at voters and polling places around the country on Election Day

Voting is one of the most important rights American citizens are able to exercise.

Elections are held on some level, from assorted states up to the Oval Office, every single year. 2016 happens to be a year in which we’re not only electing a new president, but also 34 senators, 11 governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives.

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