Many are now eager to know who is going to be the next President of the United States following the US elections 2020 which just took place. Well, a record-shattering
100 million people
have already voted, meaning the 2020 presidential election pitting Joe Biden against Donald Trump is the first in history in which more people voted in advance of election day than on it.
US elections 2020 officials and media organizations that usually call races on election night say there is a good chance that the winner of the election will be clear by 08.00 am EAT.
You might have to wait until mid-day Wednesday to confirm the new President of the United States. This is supported by previous results of elections held in the most powerful state in the world.
Of the past five presidential elections, only 2008 was called at that time, when California’s projected win for Barack Obama put him past the 270 electoral vote threshold. In 2012 and 2016, the winners were projected in the overnight EST hours.
Twice in the past five elections, projections of winners were not even made on election night. In 2004, George W Bush was not called the winner until midday the day after the election.
And in 2000, the media outlets making projections erroneously called Florida for Al Gore before rescinding that projection. The close nature of the results of that race led to neither Gore nor George W Bush having enough electoral votes without Florida’s results, leading to weeks of recounts and legal battles. Florida was not called until December 12, when the US Supreme Court ordered the state’s recount halted. Bush had a 537-vote lead at that point and was declared the winner, delivering him the state’s electoral votes and an Electoral College victory.
Counting every single vote will take several days and, in some cases, several weeks. States have different methods and procedures for counting in-person and mail-in ballots and when their counts are completed, each state will certify its results. If all goes as planned, each state’s certified results will be formally presented when the state meets to certify its electors, prior to the Electoral College meeting on December 14.
If neither candidate has been projected as the Electoral College winner and projections for some states are on hold because there is a wait for a vote count, that could create long delays in knowing who the winner will be.