Do not open until Election Day: State laws will delay counting mail-in votes in Trump-Biden race

"That is, of course, one of the many reasons why all of this should be happening before election night," said Trevor Potter, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. Once mail-in ballots are verified, a second issue comes into play. They often take longer to count, especially when voters fail to follow instructions about how to fill in blanks to indicate their choices. Small bipartisan groups assemble to examine disputed ballots, trying to determine voters' intent. "There are states where that will be fought ballot by ballot," Potter said.

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