Patience

What’s normal in an unusual year?
Counting every American’s vote.

EVERY VOTE CAST ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 3 DESERVES TO BE COUNTED

It’s normal to count legitimate votes for days after the polls close — it happens every election. This year more people voted by mail than ever before, so it may take some time to count all the votes and know the results.

Results may swing back and forth and either candidate could declare a victory before we actually know the results. If this happens, we must stay calm and let the Electoral College work so the will of the people can be heard.

FOR A WHILE, RESULTS MAY BE UNCLEAR

We are part of the United States of America, and have come together with a common purpose. We believe in good sportsmanship, standing by American democracy and ensuring that every citizen’s vote is counted, including those who choose to vote by mail — no matter who wins.

IT’S NORMAL AND HAS HAPPENED BEFORE

In 1960, 1968, 1976, 2000, 2004 and 2016 we did not know the Presidential winner before midnight on election night. Electors usually formally cast their votes about 30 days after Election Day, and those can still take a few weeks to count. This year, it’s no different.

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