Wisconsin expects to count absentee ballots within hours. Pennsylvania is buckling down for several days.
At least one swing state can be spared the political controversy of a late postal vote that appears to change the 2020 election results.
Each US state receives a shipload more postal ballots than would normally occur in a typical election year, and four of them - Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin - cannot open those ballots until election day. This almost guarantees a delayed outcome for these four states, but Wisconsin is confident it will all be suspended by the morning after the election, local election officials tell WTMJ Milwaukee, a subsidiary of NBC News.
Wisconsin's votes will be vital in determining the 2020 election winner as the previously democratic state voted for President Trump in 2016. All district clerks say they will count the ballots continuously until they are completed and expect results at 9:30 a.m. at the earliest. Waukesha County, the state's third largest state, has announced that its number will be at 3 a.m. Milwaukee County, home to nearly a million people, expects it to be ready by 6 a.m. on Wednesday.
In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) is preparing for a long haul, including a Republican setback. The state accepts all postal ballot papers sent before election day, even if they arrive later. This means that a count to complete the swing state results may take days. Shapiro fears Republicans could use these late ballots "as a hook to challenge all postal ballots," and a court could then stop counting all postal ballots while the challenge is being considered, he told the Washington Post. In preparation, Pennsylvania officials will segregate late-arriving ballots in hopes of avoiding a complete shutdown of the count.
Find out when each state expects to count its postal votes on the New York Times.
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