The fact is that the majority states can start processing absentee ballots in some type earlier than Election Day, which may assist keep away from delays in reporting outcomes.

However in three vital battleground states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — officers aren’t allowed to start processing early ballots till on or simply earlier than Election Day itself, which may delay not simply their state outcomes but additionally, if the Electoral School depend is shut, probably go away the entire presidential race up within the air.

In Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, absentee ballots can’t be processed till the morning of November 3. Greater than 1 million ballots have been forged in every state already, however the backlog is likely to be extra pronounced in Pennsylvania, which expanded mail voting to all voters this 12 months. Alabama and Mississippi additionally don’t start to course of absentee ballots till Election Day.

In Michigan, some giant cities might start processing their ballots on November 2, however officers have warned that they do not count on to have all the pieces tallied till Friday, November 6 — which may go away the general public awaiting outcomes from a aggressive battleground that President Donald Trump received by lower than half a share level final cycle.