Center for Rural Affairs on calling the outcome of the election

Voting during a pandemic has many challenges but we’ve already seen nearly 70 percent of the votes cast in 2016 through early voting periods this cycle. Some estimates project as many as 30 million more people could vote this year, compared to four years ago.

The policy director at the Center for Rural Affairs says that poll workers are taking extra precautions to make voters feel safe. This could impact when election results are released, which quite possibly will not be Tuesday night.

According to Johnathan Hladik, “If you can start counting early, then you might have a head start, but in a lot of states you can’t, and in a lot of states you have to count that night, and so, there’s a pretty good chance that this is going to be delayed. I think it’s very reasonable to expect across the nation at least a few states to not make decisions until Wednesday morning, and perhaps even later unless it’s an absolute landslide either way.”

The Center for Rural Affairs says that it will follow election results in small towns to see if the trade war had any impact on how rural America votes this year.

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