5 States Are STILL Counting Ballots – Here’s Why

DORAL, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 15: Boxes for Vote-by-Mail ballots that have been rejected or accepted due to signature discrepancies are seen as the Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board convenes ahead of the November 3rd general election at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department on October 15, 2020 in Doral, Florida. The canvassing board was verifying questionable voter’s signatures on the Vote-by-Mail ballots by comparing them to the signature on file. Voters have cast 149,683 Vote-by-Mail ballots so far and only 414 of those had been questioned. Voters head to the polls in Florida on October 19th for early in person voting for the November 3rd election where President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are facing off against each other.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • It’s been a week since polls closed, and five states – Arizona, California, Maine, Alaska and Colorado – still are counting ballots.
  • Ballot-counting has been prolonged due to states allowing mail-in ballots to be received after election day. California still has nine races to call across the state due to the mail-in voting system that allows ballots to be received by mail as late as Nov. 15, as long as they are postmarked by election day.
  • Colorado is awaiting a batch of overseas ballots on Nov. 17, and Alaska is accepting  ballots as late as Nov. 23.

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