For months, elections experts in the United States have been warning that the country would be unlikely to know who the winner is on election night. The unprecedented vote by mail and early voting across the country caused by the pandemic has created new reporting patterns, changing the way that the country hears the results. We’ve known for a while that we would not see the usual election night ritual of the Associated Press calling the election, the loser conceding, and the winner giving a victory speech. But all those warnings and expert analyses went flying out the window as the country nervously went to bed – many not actually sleeping – on Tuesday night, uncertain of who had won the vote.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Progressive Post.
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