Delays Expected in Election Results as More Voters Opt for Mail-in Ballots

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Results from the 2020 election will likely be late—and that’s not a bad thing.

A President Trump and a former Vice President Biden supporter converse before the Joe Biden Campaign Rally at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on March 7 in Kansas City. (Kyle Rivas / Getty Images)

As more and more Americans choose not to risk the polls and opt for mail-in ballots in advance of the November elections, experts are advising that election night 2020 won’t look like it usually does. The process of counting votes will likely stretch far beyond election night, with final results taking days and possibly even weeks to emerge. Election officials are stressing that this delay is a good thing—taking a long time ensures that the count will be more accurate.

But if so many of those ballots are sent in early, why will results be delayed? Many state actually have laws…

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