U.S. midterm elections: Why Nevada results are taking so long



With management of Congress pending, officers in Nevada’s intently watched races for Senate and House, in addition to governor, continued to tally votes on Thursday.

The vote counting is taking days, however that is not irregular for Nevada, the place a piece of votes have beforehand not been tallied till after election evening. In the 2 most populous counties, officers warned up entrance that it will take days to course of the excellent ballots.


A number of issues have slowed Nevada’s vote counting in latest elections.

First, Nevada has additionally had issues with long traces of voters at ballot shut, though Nevadans have historically opted to vote early. The state will not launch vote counts till all voters who have been in line at ballot shut have solid their vote.

Second, in 2020, Nevada enormously expanded absentee voting, sending a poll to each registered voter. The state handed laws to do this in future elections as effectively.

Also that yr, almost 15% of Nevada’s vote was not reported till after election evening — and it took three days for the state to report 100% of the vote.

This yr, voting officers within the two most populous counties, encompassing the inhabitants facilities of Las Vegas and Reno, warned it will take days to course of the excellent ballots.

County election clerks will rely mail ballots acquired till Nov. 12 as long as they have been postmarked by Election Day, and

Officials have till Nov. 17 to complete the counting and submit a report back to the Nevada secretary of state’s workplace, in response to state legislation.

The state has no obligatory recount legislation,


— A Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Laxalt and Cortez Masto have been locked in a decent race for weeks, each hitting exhausting on nationwide occasion speaking factors: Laxalt blaming inflation and unlawful immigration on Democratic insurance policies, and Cortez Masto promising to dam GOP-led makes an attempt at a nationwide abortion ban and to struggle for a pathway to everlasting citizenship for undocumented immigrants who got here to the nation as youngsters.

— A governor’s race between Democratic incumbent Steve Sisolak and GOP Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

The marketing campaign was expensive and contentious, with airwaves and the web awash in latest weeks with adverts sponsored by the candidates, their events and political motion committees aiming to amplify their variations. Both candidates predicted the race’s consequence would not be recognized for a number of days — with every man predicting he would win.

— Three House races the place Democratic incumbents confronted stiff challenges.

In two swing districts stretching out of Las Vegas via suburbs into rural areas, second-term Rep. Susie Lee faces Republican April Becker, and third-term Rep. Steven Horsford is up towards Republican Samuel Peters.

As a results of redistricting, six-term Rep. Dina Titus is on the recent seat within the Democrat’s conventional stronghold encompassing the Las Vegas Strip after occasion strategists sacrificed some turf in alternate for features elsewhere. Mark Robertson, a retired Army colonel, is attempting to turn into the primary Republican to win that 1st District seat since 1998.


–With an estimated roughly 80% of the votes counted, Republicans are main their Democratic opponents by single-digit share factors.

–A major variety of mail ballots stay to be counted. Election officers will rely ballots acquired till Saturday as long as they have been postmarked by Election Day.

–Officials have stated there are tens of hundreds of ballots that stay to be counted in Las Vegas’ Clark County.

–Democrats and Republicans are urging their supporters to be affected person whereas officers proceed to rely votes.

–Nevada wasn’t referred to as in 2020’s presidential election till the Saturday after Election Day — the identical day Pennsylvania (and subsequently the presidency) was referred to as for Joe Biden.


–Beyond the obvious questions– who received the Senate and governor’s races? — it is also unclear what number of extra votes from drop containers stay to be counted.

–The excellent vote totals in Reno’s Washoe County additionally are not clear.


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