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Which states will be counting ballots past Election Day?

We’ve rounded up when to expect ballot votes and how long each state will take to count ahead of the election.

San Francisco Department of Elections ballot processors William Logan holds a ballot at a voting center in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.
San Francisco Department of Elections ballot processors William Logan holds a ballot at a voting center in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.
AP

The 2020 presidential election is happening in the middle of a pandemic, so states across the country have focused their attention on mail-in voting — a common practice that has become a hot bed issue this year.

But each state has a different timing for its results. The last polls close at different times, and some times count different type of ballots before others (like Alaska, where early in-person and Election Day ballots are read first).

We’ve rounded up information on all 50 states to explain which states will be counting past Election Day, and how long it will take them to count those ballots.

Data comes from The New York Times, The Washington Post and various other news outlets. We’ve bolded the states to keep an eye on for results.

Alabama

  • All unofficial results will reportedly be in on election night.
  • There is no order for reading results.

Alaska

  • In-person early voting and votes from precincts will be reported on election night.
  • No mail or other absentee ballots will be counted for at least one week.
  • No mail ballots counted until Nov. 10.

*Arizona

  • No predictions about what ballots will be counted before election night.
  • A court order allows officials to count mail votes beginning two weeks before the election.

Arkansas

  • Officials suggest all votes will be counted by noon Wednesday.
  • Early in-person votes get counted first.

California

  • Mail ballots will be counted over the next few weeks and days.
  • Mail ballots that arrive before election night are counted first.
  • Ballots can be counted throughout November.

Colorado

  • Around 75% of votes will be counted by Wednesday, depending on how many people show up to the polls.
  • Most people vote by mail, so those will likely be counted early.
  • Postmarked ballots can not arrive after Election Day.

Connecticut

  • Votes will be counted likely before Saturday, Nov. 7.
  • Postmarked ballots can’t arrive later than Election Day.

Delaware

  • Majority of votes will be counted by noon on Wednesday.
  • No ballots can arrive later.

District of Columbia

  • Early in-person and processed mail ballots will be reported first.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrived by Nov. 13.

*Florida

  • All early voting and mail ballots will be reported by 8:30 p.m. ET on election night.
  • Florida can process early-arriving mail ballots weeks before the election.
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 file photo, people wait in line in the rain outside of an early voting site in Miami, as Florida begins in-person early voting in much of the state Monday.
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 file photo, people wait in line in the rain outside of an early voting site in Miami, as Florida begins in-person early voting in much of the state Monday.
Lynne Sladky, Associated Press

*Georgia

  • A large amount of mail ballots are expected on election night.
  • It could take a few days for the ballots to be counted.
  • Winners likely to be announced by Thursday, Nov. 4.

Hawaii

  • Votes are released in three different phases — mail ballots at midnight ET, in-person at 3 a.m. ET and a final report comes later.
  • Almost all votes will be counted by Wednesday.
  • Mail ballots processed up to Election Day.

Idaho

  • Almost all votes will be reported by noon on Wednesday.
  • No postmarked ballots can arrive later.

Illinois

  • Early in-person and processed mail ballots will be counted first.
  • Ballots can arrive by Nov. 17.

Indiana

  • A complete picture won’t be available until days after the election.
  • Ballots cannot arrive later.
  • The state has no order to report results.

Iowa

  • Officials said results will come in a timely fashion (whatever that means).
  • Absentee ballots will likely be counted first.
  • Ballots can arrive after election night by Nov. 9.

Kansas

  • Officials don’t know when votes will be finished being counted.
  • Early in-person and some mail votes are counted first.
  • Ballots can arrive by Nov. 6.

Kentucky

  • Majority of votes will be counted on election night.
  • Counties will report all in-person votes and mail ballots that arrive by 6 p.m. ET by midnight on election night.
  • Ballots can arrive after the election by Nov. 6.
  • Results will be reported on Nov. 6 and Nov. 10.

Louisiana

  • There is no estimated time for results.
  • Ballots cannot arrive later.

Maine

  • Officials don’t expect delays in mail ballots.
  • Ballots cannot arrive later.

Maryland

  • Officials remain unsure how many votes will be reported by Wednesday.
  • Early in-person and counted mail ballots will be reported first.
  • Ballots can arrive by Nov. 13.
  • Results will be reported each day.

Massachusetts

  • The state expects to have majority of results reported by noon on Wednesday.
  • Ballots can arrive after election night by Nov. 6.
  • Officials will start counting ballots arriving after 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 three days later.

*Michigan

  • Official results might not arrive on Nov. 6.
  • Ballot processing begins on Election Day, or the day before in some areas.
  • Ballots can not arrive later.

Minnesota

  • Results expected for most votes by noon Wednesday.
  • Outstanding mail ballots will be reported later.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 10. Results will be posted daily.

Mississippi

  • Most votes expected by noon on Wednesday.
  • Postmarked ballots cannot arrive later.

Missouri

  • Most results will be reported by noon on Wednesday.
  • There is no order for reading results.
  • Postmarked ballots can not arrive later.

Montana

  • Results will be timely.
  • Most voters send mail ballots.
  • Mail and absentee ballots are reported first.

Nebraska

  • Postmarked ballots cannot arrive later.
  • There are no estimates for when all results will be counted.
A voter deposits his advance ballot in a dropbox Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Mission, Kan.
A voter deposits his advance ballot in a dropbox Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Mission, Kan.
Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

*Nevada

  • Ballots were mailed to all registered voters.
  • Voters have until Nov. 10 to send in postmarked ballots.
  • The state does not have an order for reading its ballots.

New Hampshire

  • Postmarked ballots cannot arrive later than election night.
  • It’s unclear when results will be reported.

New Jersey

  • Mail ballots were sent to all active, registered voters.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 10.
  • The July primary saw ballots counted two weeks after election.

New Mexico

  • Winners will likely be reported noon Wednesday.
  • Early in-person and processed mail ballots will be reported first.

New York

  • Unofficial results from in-person early and Tuesday voting will be reported on Election Day.
  • Absentee ballots will be revealed over the next few days.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 19.
  • It could take weeks for ballots to be counted.

*North Carolina

  • Early votes and process mail ballots will be reported near 7:30 p.m. on election night.
  • Election Day results will be reported between 8:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Majority of votes will be reported election night.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 12.

North Dakota

  • Ballots cast before or on Election Day could be counted by noon on Wednesday.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 9.
  • All ballots that arrive after Election Day will be reported on Nov. 9.

*Ohio

  • Ballots cast before Election Day will be reported by 9 p.m.
  • In-person and Election Day will then be revealed.
  • No more results released until everything is certified, which might not be finished until Nov. 28.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive after Election Day. The Nov. 28 deadline still holds.
In this Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 file photo, people bundled against the cold stand in a slowly moving line to cast early votes at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio.
In this Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 file photo, people bundled against the cold stand in a slowly moving line to cast early votes at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio.
AP

Oklahoma

  • Most results will be available election night.
  • Early in-person results will be reported first.

Oregon

  • Most votes will likely be counted on election night.
  • There is no order for reporting results.
  • The vote is entirely by mail for the 2020 election.

*Pennsylvania

  • Majority of results will be counted by Friday, Nov. 6.
  • Mail ballots can’t be processed until Election Day.
  • Counties have been asked to report mail ballot results routinely rather than all at once.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 6.

Rhode Island

  • The state will release a first count at 11 p.m. ET on election night (after originally planning not to report mail votes).
  • A second count will be released on Wednesday.
  • A third count will be released when all mail votes are counted.
  • A fourth and final report will wrap up the rest of outstanding votes.
  • In-person votes will be reported first, though.

South Carolina

  • Most votes will be reported on election night.
  • Mail ballots may be reported on Wednesday.

South Dakota

  • Most votes likely counted by Nov. 4.
  • Postmarked ballots cannot arrive later.

Tennessee

  • The state hopes most votes to be reported by noon Wednesday.
  • Postmarked ballots cannot arrive later.

*Texas

  • It’s unclear how many votes will be reported by Wednesday.
  • You need an excuse to vote by mail in Texas.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 4.
  • Reporting will vary by county.

Utah

  • In the past, about one-third of votes remained outstanding by noon Wednesday.
  • Most vote by mail ballots will be reported first.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 10 to Nov. 17.
  • New results are reported daily.

Vermont

  • Unofficial results will likely be available by midnight.
  • Postmarked ballots cannot arrive later.

Virginia

  • In-person ballots on Election Day will likely be counted first.
  • Counties will report early in-person ballots and mail ballots after that.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 6.
  • Mail ballots processed afterward will be reported by Friday, Nov. 6.

Washington

  • Less than 50% of votes will be reported on Wednesday.
  • Most vote by mail will be reported first.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 23.

West Virginia

  • It’s unclear when all results will be entered.
  • Postmarked ballots can arrive by Nov. 9.
  • Ballots arrived after Election Day reported by Nov. 9.

Wisconsin

  • Majority of results expected on election night or by Wednesday.
  • There is no order to how votes will be reported.
  • Votes could come first from areas that read absentee ballots separately, though.

Wyoming

  • Most votes will be reported by noon Wednesday.
  • There is no order for reading results.