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Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:22 PM

Many states count mail ballots BEFORE Election Day.

There is so much legitimate concern about when mail in ballots will be counted.
So, I thought I’d look it up.
This site shows how each state does it.

https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-16-when-absentee-mail-ballot-processing-and-counting-can-begin.aspx

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Reply Many states count mail ballots BEFORE Election Day. (Original post)
Funtatlaguy Sep 24 OP
Hoyt Sep 24 #1
elleng Sep 24 #2
WA-03 Democrat Sep 24 #3
livetohike Sep 24 #4
Blue_true Sep 24 #5
Ms. Toad Sep 24 #6
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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:27 PM

1. Good list. I don't think it's going to take as long as some think. In very close states, where

absentee ballots can be accepted for a week or so if postmarked by election day, it could take a tad longer to get the final count.

If we vote in droves, Kornacki -- or other experts -- will be able to call it relatively early, even though not official.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:27 PM

2. because they're making use of the time, EFFICIENT, one might say.

Why NOT do so? Don't announce anything, but count and 'bank' the numbers until Election Day/Night (or next day.)

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:28 PM

3. Thanks for posting this

Great info. I think we will see a Biden win on election night.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:29 PM

4. Thanks for posting this! n/t

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:33 PM

5. My county in Florida can start verification and counting around October 12.

When I voted by mail in the primary, I noticed that my ballot was listed as “Counted” almost immediately as it was listed as “Verified”.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:38 PM

6. That chart is a bit misleading -

The count is entirely machine and hidden from human sight. It isn't that they now the tally and aren't releasing it, they just don''t press the magic "show us the tally" button until the close of the polls. (I've been saying that for weeks.)

The very first votes we see on election night are almost entirely the early/absentee votes that have been scanned - adn the moment the polls close (in most states) the totals can be made visible.

(It's been this way for more than a decade)

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:49 PM

7. NC

North Carolina

N.C.G.S.A. § 163‑230.1 and 163-234


Two weeks prior to Election Day, provided the hour and place of counting is announced. Results shall not be announced before 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.


If Biden wins NC, it will likely be one of the first states called for him.


Same with Ohio


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