U.S. election likely won’t be delayed, but officials warn results may be

published 31.07.2020 05:02

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In Arizona in 2018, for example, Republican Martha McSally was narrowly winning the initial tally of in-person votes and mail ballots that had arrived days before Election Day.

And while some states count the ballots as they come in, others — notably the critical battlegrounds of Michigan and Pennsylvania — have laws that forbid processing mail ballots until Election Day, guaranteeing the count will extend well past that night.

State election officials in some key battleground states have warned that it might take days to count the votes given what they expect will be a surge of ballots sent by mail.

On Thursday, as national and battleground state polls show Trump in political peril in his race against Democrat Joe Biden, he went even further, floating the idea of delaying the election until it could be conducted in person.

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night.

by Nicholas Riccardi and Will Weissert from globalnews.ca

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