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Jonathan Bernstein

Why the US Counts Ballots So Slowly

The country has far more elections for far more positions than most other democracies.

It’s complicated.

It’s complicated.

Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

It takes a lot of time to count ballots in US elections. What’s more, the speed at which votes are counted varies from state to state and county to county, as different jurisdictions use different methods to reach a final count.

All of this is standard operating procedure and by itself not even a mild indication of irregularity, let alone fraud.