US election day 2020 passed days ago, and yet a win for Donald Trump or Joe Biden has not yet been announced.
The eyes on the world are fixed on the few states that have not yet finished counting their votes – including pivotal swing state, Pennsylvania. The last time a US election result was delayed was in 2000, and the winner was not announced until 36 days later. Most election results are known by the early hours the day after the election, so why is this one different, and how delayed could the result be?
Why do we not know the result of the US election yet?
The result of the US election is still unknown as neither candidate has reached 270 votes yet, and several states are still yet to announce their results. One of these states is Nevada, which is expected to vote Democratic and has six electoral votes – the minimum Joe Biden would need to win, and his best shot at the presidency.
The state counts postal votes postmarked before November 3 and will continue counting votes until no later than Tuesday, November 10 at 5pm.
In Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, the law states that mail-in votes may be counted up to three days after election day, so long as they are postmarked before November 3 – this means that we may not have a final result from the state until at least Friday.
Meanwhile, the state elections board has said in a court-approved settlement that mail-in ballots could arrive up to six days after November 3 in Georgia, which has 15 votes. Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, said at midday on Wednesday (around 5pm GMT) that about 200,000 absentee ballots remained uncounted, as well as 40,000 to 50,000 votes cast before election day in early voting – so the state may take a few more days to finish counting the votes.
The New York Times reported that only 56% of Alaska’s votes had been counted by Wednesday evening (early Thursday morning in the UK), and the state’s legal deadline is November 18 – so we will probably not expect a result from the state for some time yet. However, Alaska only has three electoral college seats, and so is not a pivotal state.
How delayed could the US election results be?
The US election results may become clear in the next few days if Nevada votes for Joe Biden, but it could potentially be delayed for months if the result is inconclusive or if Donald Trump refuses to concede in the event of a Democrat win.
Mr. Trump told the New York Times that he believes the election result ‘will end up in the Supreme Court’ as he believes that postal voting has led to voting fraud – although these claims are unfounded.
The President tweeted on Wednesday : ‘Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. ‘Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!’
Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
Re-counting the result of the election could mean that the final result could take months to be announced. If a president still has not been elected by January 20, 2021, then Donald Trump will have to leave the Oval Office and the Speaker of the House of Representatives will take over as acting president, according to the American constitution.
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What if neither Trump or Biden gets 270 votes?
It is possible that neither candidate reaches 270 seats – this may happen if an independent party manages to win a state, while the Democrats and Republicans tie.
In this scenario, the result announcement would be delayed, and the current House of Representatives vote who will be the next President – this is called a contingent election.
The representative from each of the 50 states gets one vote each, and the winner is elected. Because 50 is an even number, there could be a tie after this ballot. In that case, the House of Representatives keep voting until there is a winner. However, this situation is very unlikely as no third-party appears to be on track to win any state this year.
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