US president 2020 may not be announced on election night, warns commissioner
An increase in mail-in voting largely due to the pandemic, Supreme Court cases and media calling the vote too early could all factor into deciding the winner of the 2020 US presidential race.
Ellen Weintraub, chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), said on Monday, October 26 that there will be a delay in the results of the 3 November poll.
“Let me just tell everybody, we’re all going to need to take a deep breath and be patient this year,” Ms Weintraub told CNN. “Because there’s a substantial chance we are not going to know on election night what the results are.”
The winner of the presidential election is not decided through the popular vote, it is decided through the Electoral College. However, in most years, the candidate who wins the popular vote is elected as president.
As neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump seems prepared to give up the fight as quickly this year, the process will likely go on for a longer period than usual.
Trump has repeatedly refused to say whether he would concede the position peacefully in the event of defeat on 3 November.
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