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Constitutional law expert explains voting count process

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 15:23:37-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —
It's a historic election. But the counting process isn't exactly making history for its speed.

Richard Primus, a Constitutional law professor for the University of Michigan says this is expected.

“In normal years, states would still be counting the votes, a day, two days, three days after the election. Most of the time we just wouldn’t notice,” Primus said.

We're noticing now because of razor-thin margins, especially in our home state of Michigan.

“What’s going on today, is the relatively normal playing out of the vote-counting in a bunch of states after a presidential election,” Primus said.

In some states, the results come quickly. Primus says that's because of better voting technology, or overwhelming votes for one candidate.

​“Suppose you’re watching a basketball game. One team is up by 30 points. You can turn the game off, with five minutes to go, and go to bed, and be pretty sure who won the game. In the arena, they still have to play the last five minutes. And the baskets still count,” Primus said.

Still each vote is being counted in Michigan. The vote won't be final until the election is certified.