Updated: November 05, 2020 10:24 PM
Created: November 05, 2020 09:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- As people await several states to announce their full vote counts, many Americans are wondering what is taking so long?
UNM political science associate professor Michael Rocca said while it may seem like the vote tabulation is taking long, things are actually working the way they are supposed to.
"The same thing is happening in Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania," Rocca said. "They are counting their votes the same way that New Mexico is today, in the same way that California is today. It just so happens that we don't know who's going to win those five states yet."
Rocca says people should know that some states can't declare a winner as fast as others because the vote margins are too close.
"Take California as an example, 74% of the estimated votes have been reported in California, but we're pretty sure that Vice President Biden is going to win California. So, California has been called for vice president Biden," Rocca said. "A state like Pennsylvania has 93% of it's estimated votes already reported, but it's still too close to call. So, just because we don't know enough to make the call, doesn't mean things aren't working the way they're supposed to work."
Rocca said delays could just mean that ballots are being scrutinized to make sure every vote is counted.
"The point is it's not taking Pennsylvania a longer time to count the votes," Rocca said. "It's not, it's what's taking a longer time is determined who won because it's so close. That's the issue."
More people voted by mail this year. Mail-in ballots require more work to count. Each ballot has to be taken out of an envelope and inspected before it can be counted.
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