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US Elections: Why the Delay in Knowing the Final Results?

  • Bernd Debusman Jr
  • BBC News, Washington

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The final results of the 2022 midterm elections remain unclear just days after Americans cast their ballots, with officials warning that a final verdict on the vote could take weeks.

The delays are due to a number of factors, including the narrow margins between the candidates and Georgia – a key Senate battleground state – heading into a runoff.

Another reason for the delay is the decentralized way in which elections are organized in the United States States have different rules about how and when postal ballots are counted.

The issue of the delay has been politically contentious since the 2020 presidential election, when then-President Donald Trump tried to claim victory the next morning while votes were still being counted, declaring the recount “fraudulent” and a “disgraceful disgrace”.