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Election officials fear counting delays will help fuel claims of fraud

By Tom Hamburger, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Patrick Marley

07 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

We've been here before. Officials in some closely contested U.S. states are warning that there may be delays in declaring a result, creating a risk that some may cast doubt on their legitimacy.

Officials in a handful of closely contested states are warning that the winners of tight races may not be known on election night, raising the possibility of a delay that former president Donald Trump and his allies could exploit to cast doubt on the integrity of Tuesday's midterm vote.

In Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, officials have in recent days preemptively called for patience, acknowledging that some of the factors that bogged down the process in 2020 remain unresolved two years later. In some cases, partisan disagreements blocked fixes, and Trump's own advice to voters on how to cast ballots may contribute to a longer wait.

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