Election officials and mainstream media outlets are warning of potential delays in election results due to the use of mail-in ballots in the upcoming midterms.
Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman, for example, held a press conference to announce how it would likely take “several days until results are complete and certified.”
“It’s going to take a few days (to count all mail-in votes),” acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman said.
“That doesn’t mean anything bad is happening. It just means the election process is playing out (and) every vote is being counted,” she claimed.
ABC News ran a story titled
“Why Pennsylvania may not have election night results and why that’s OK,” attempting to normalize a delay in election results.
Officials from other states
, such as Michigan, have also warned about a delay in election results due to mail-in ballots.
Jake Rollow, a spokesman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office, asserted “the end of vote counting probably won’t be done until about 24 hours after the polls close.”
The narrative is strikingly similar to claims
made during the 2020 election by Democratic activists and officials, who attempted to mainstream the fact that results from election night would take longer to materialize than in previous elections.
Reports on the 2020 election have demonstrated how late-night ballot “dumps,”
comprised of mail-in ballots, were all in favor
of Joe Biden.