[JURIST Election Special] Good evening and welcome to JURIST's special live election coverage of the 2004 election.
6:00 PM ET - The polls are now closed in eastern Kentucky and most of Indiana. There, as in the nation at large, voter turnout has been heavy. Voters in Indiana encountered long lines and some problems - in Indianapolis, for instance, some voters were turned away from the polls because they had been erroneously purged from the rolls. The Indianapolis Star has more. In Kentucky it was the same story, with perhaps fewer problems, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville.
6:10 PM ET - We now have very early Presidential returns from the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Three precincts reporting, 0.1% of the state vote.
Bush & Cheney R 4,221 - 61.1%
Kerry & Edwards D 2,640 - 38.2%
Nader & Camejo I 31 - 0.4%
More results available live here.
6:20 PM ET - No online results as yet from Indiana. Elsewhere across the country, voting continues. Earlier this afternoon, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit stayed an order of a New Jersey judge that would have limited Republican challenges to voters in Ohio under a consent decree imposed in New Jersey on the GOP in the 1980s. The Third Circuit stay is here [PDF]. Early this morning the US 6th Circuit took a similarly permissive stance towards challenges, staying two Ohio federal court rulings that would have limited them.
6:28 PM ET - Trouble with the Kentucky electoral website...