Why Vote Counting In Pennsylvania And Michigan Takes So Long

While many states can begin processing and even counting absentee and mail-in ballots before Election Day, the crucial battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin cannot because state laws prevent election officials from doing so. These states received unprecedented numbers of mail-in votes this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is largely why no news organization was able to project a winner in those states for the presidential election on Election Day.

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