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OSU professor speaks on election results timeline

Posted at 9:52 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 10:52:20-05

TULSA, Okla. — 2 Works for You interviewed OSU Political Science Assistant Professor Matt Motta about the timeline for the Presidential election.

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Motta emphasized that waiting for results is a normal and good thing because it means the count is being taken seriously.

Motta said voters should be prepared to go to bed on election night without knowing who the winner is of the Nov. 3rd election.

This is quite a common thing, Motta said, partially because a good number of states vote in the western and mountain time zones and also because it's going to take some time to count all the ballots.

Motta continued by saying this year the country is seeing a record number of absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, and because states don't look at those ballots until Election Day, it is going to take time. Therefore, not knowing the results on election night is not a bad thing.

When if comes to tabulating votes, Motta said this varies by State. In the states that pre-process absentee ballots, like Oklahoma, Motta said tabulation on election night should be seamless. Other states that don't pre-process until Election Day, like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, it's possible the country won't know the majority of those votes until the next day or day after.

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