People will not know the winner of the U.S. presidential election till properly into Wednesday — if not past that.

The primary cause? Many states made it simpler for voters to request mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic and issues about crowded polling locations.

However mail-in ballots usually require extra time to course of than these forged in individual.

And to prime it off, states have totally different guidelines on how mail-in ballots may be counted.

In Canada, all federal elections are performed by Elections Canada and function beneath that company. The U.S. doesn’t have an equal, and it’s as much as every particular person state to conduct the election and make their very own guidelines. 

Listed here are among the the reason why it is taking properly previous election night time on Tuesday to see ends in some states. 

In some states, mail-in ballots cannot be counted till election day

Some states with intensive expertise in utilizing mail-in ballots have adjusted for these additional steps.

They permit the counting of ballots previous to election day, which makes an enormous distinction in when the end result is thought.

In Florida, clerks can begin counting ballots 22 days earlier than an election. In North Carolina, county boards insert accepted ballots right into a voting machine starting 5 weeks earlier than the election, permitting for a immediate tabulation on election day.

However states equivalent to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — all with Republican-led legislatures and all of them swing states — made a acutely aware determination to attend so there could be no counting of mail-in ballots previous to election day. 

Wisconsin and Michigan have been nonetheless each referred to as for Joe Biden Wednesday afternoon.

WATCH | Philadelphia rushes to depend mail-in ballots:

A big vote-counting operation has been arrange on the Philadelphia Conference Middle to depend mail-in ballots. Machines referred to as extractors separate the poll from the primary envelope and the safety envelope after which the ballots are scanned. They will scan 30,000 an hour. 0:40

The wrangling within the states over the usage of mail-in ballots has come as U.S. President Donald Trump claims that mail voting is ripe for fraud.

Some ballots might not arrive for days

And this is one other wrinkle that might delay the naming of a winner: In some key states, mail-in ballots can arrive a number of days after election day and nonetheless be counted, so long as they’re postmarked by then.

Democrats have argued that the flood of absentee ballots and sluggish mail supply in some areas make such a precaution obligatory.

For instance, mail-in ballots from Nevada voters usually are not due till Nov. 10 if postmarked by election day whereas in North Carolina, mail-in ballots aren’t due till Nov. 12 if postmarked by election day.

Authorized challenges forward 

Pre-election day polling indicated {that a} majority of Trump’s supporters had deliberate to forged their poll on election day whereas greater than half of Biden’s backers had deliberate to vote by mail.

The Trump marketing campaign has already introduced authorized actions difficult the validity of some ballots forged in key swing states.

The marketing campaign mentioned Wednesday it’s suing to halt the vote depend in Michigan and briefly cease the vote depend in Pennsylvania, claiming lack of “transparency.”

WATCH | How the election unfolded:

Watch highlights of our protection of the U.S. presidential election. 7:09

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