The presidential election still isn’t over. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden remain in a close race as several battleground states remain too close to call.

These states are still in the process of adding mail-in and absentee ballots, which could take anywhere from one day to an entire week to count, especially since some states allow ballots to come in later.

Earlier this week, I rounded up how long each state takes to count their ballots. With the latest updates, I’ve picked out the battleground states we’re waiting on to give a clearer look at what America is waiting on.

Data comes from The New York TimesThe Washington Post and various other news outlets. 


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.