Michigan Will Take as Long as a Week to Count Mail-in Ballots, Top Official Says

Michigan will take as long as a week after Nov. 3 to tally the votes for the general election since the states rules prohibit officials from processing mailed absentee ballots before Election Day, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

“We should be prepared for this to be closer to an election week as opposed to an Election Day. The bottom line is we are not going to have the full results and accounting of all of our ballots on election night. We already know that.” Benson told NBC.

“Weve asked the legislature to make changes to the law to give us more ability to be prepared and count those ballots more efficiently. They have not acted for reasons that I dont fully, completely understand.”

Benson said she is bringing on more tabulators to increase the vote-counting capacity.

“If it takes a few extra days to ensure we have a full and accurate counting of the results of every race, thats what its going to take,” Benson said. “Were going to be transparent throughout that whole process to make sure every citizen knows exactly where we are in the counting process and how many more ballots we have to get through.”

States like North Carolina and Ohio can report election results faster because they can process mailed ballots before Election Day. North Carolina will be able to count and report about 80 percent of all of the votes reported on election night, Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, told NBC.

President Donald Trump has said that mail-in voting may delay the election by two or three months while opening the door to potential voter fraud.

“There is no way you can go through a mail-in vote without massive cheating,” Trump told Axios last month. “This election wont be decided on the evening November 3rd. This election could be decided two months later.”

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