Will we know who won the election late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning? That all depends. And as is the case with the electoral college, much of it falls on Ohio. If Ohio is close, and if the election will be determined by Ohio, there is likely to be an extremely epic recount that will be dramatic and as controversial as anything we’ve seen in recent election history.
This year for the first time, Ohio officials mailed every registered voter in the state an application for an absentee ballot. A total of 1.3 million applications flooded in, and to date some 1.1 million, or 85 percent, have been returned. But many of the rest won’t be mailed before the election. So what if the voters who failed to send in their absentee ballots show up at their polling places on Tuesday asking to vote?
They will be allowed to, but only by provisional ballot in order to make sure they don’t vote twice.
That’s some 200,000 voters who could cast provisional ballots. The 2008 POTUS race in Ohio was won by about 250,000 votes, and this year is expected to be much closer. So you can see that a close win, especially if it all comes down to Ohio, would instantly summon the army of attorneys waiting to spring into action.
In other words, depending on how this thing shakes out we could be waiting for not hours, or even days. We could be waiting WEEKS! The odds are decent this indeed may end up being the case.