Counting All the Votes: When to Expect Election Results and Why It Takes Time

Counting Every Vote

Vote counting continuing past Election Day is a normal occurrence. It takes time for democracy to work and for every vote to be counted, while also ensuring accuracy and fairness.

When to Expect Results in Key States

Alaska: Races for the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the governorship, remain undecided with at least 25% of votes yet to be counted. Counting of mail ballots is expected to last up to a week as the state allows postmarked ballots to be received after Election Day. In addition, Alaska is using ranked choice voting for the first time this year, and if candidates in the House and Senate races do not receive a majority in the first round of votes, the additional tabulations that take place after voter’s first choices are counted will not occur until Nov. 23.

Election Day may be over, but the election has not yet concluded as key races for the U.S. House and Senate, as well as critical statewide races, remain undecided. While Election Day concluded without major issues, control of the U.S. Congress may not be known for days or even weeks if Georgia is again the national focus in a runoff election. What we do know is that despite deliberate restrictions and barriers to voting, voters turned out. Now election officials are doing their important work for democracy to count every vote. When vote tallies take time, it’s a sign that our democracy is working.

MAP will continue to provide briefings as the week unfolds and new developments arise.



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