Nevada is not expected to update the state’s election results before Thursday because thousands of postal ballots have still not been counted in the hotly contested state, election officials said.
The Nevada State Department’s Elections Department announced that the postal ballots were received on election day, all ballots that arrived by mail the following week, and the provisional ballots had not been counted by the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The department added that after one day of counting all the presence votes and postal ballots received by November 2, it would not present any further updates of results until Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
The Nevada Elections Division announced in social media this morning that it would not release any further updates of results: “That’s it for updates of election results until 9:00 a.m. on November 5. Here is what has been counted so far: All personal early votes. Everyone personally votes on election day. All postal ballots until November 2. Here is what has been counted so far: Postal ballot papers received on election day. Postal ballot papers that will be received during the next week. Provisional ballots.
“Pending ballots are difficult to estimate in Nevada because each voter has been sent a postal ballot. Obviously, not everyone will vote.”
The editor of the Nevada Independent, Jon Ralston, also reported that in Clark County, where Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump with just over 60,000 votes at the time of writing this article, “tens of thousands” of ballots still need to be counted.
“These have so far dramatically favored the Dems by more than 2:1. Biden should do well there,” Ralston added. “There are also tens of thousands of provisional ballots in urban Nevada and some in rural areas. This mix is less certain, but the Clark Post, if it follows the previous pattern, could be enough for Biden.
Washington Newsday has asked the Nevada Department of Elections Department for further comments. This article will be updated with each response.
Nevada’s election officials said there will be no more updates on the results until Thursday, as the state remains narrowly divided with 86 percent of the estimated vote, according to the New York Times.
At the time of writing, Biden Trump leads Nevada with less than 8,000 votes and 0.5 percent of the vote, a state where Hillary Clinton won 2016 with 2.4 points and more than 27,000 votes.
Six votes are on offer in the Silver State, but these votes could still prove decisive as several other swing states are in limbo. The former vice president and Trump are only 14 votes split from the electoral college, with results yet to be announced in seven states.