America braces for delayed election results that could keep Senate control a mystery for days, weeks
The nation will likely have to wait past Tuesday to learn the full results of the midterm election, including which party will control the U.S. Senate, because mail-in voting and other ballot processing issues in some states may postpone results.
In the battleground states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where close Senate races will help determine whether Republicans win back the majority from Democrats, election workers must wait until after the polls open on Tuesday to begin counting what is expected to be a large volume of mail-in ballots, which is expected to delay final results.
In New Hampshire, where another pivotal Senate race and two competitive House races are taking place, tallying the mail-in ballots can’t begin until after polls close at 7 p.m. EDT, which could also delay determining the winners.
The results could take the longest in Georgia, Maine and Alaska, where election rules are poised to postpone results for weeks in two Senate and two close House races.
Maine and Alaska use ranked-choice voting, which means if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote in a particular race, the ballots that chose the third-place candidates are re-tabulated with the voters’ second-choice picks. Ranked-choice re-tabulation does not
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