It will take some time until a final result is known. In many countries, hundreds of thousands of possibly decisive votes have not yet been counted, reports the German Press Agency.
Journalists from major cities in the still open states of Georgia and Pennsylvania reported on Twitter that the Counting of votes interrupted had only been counted after the night. A statistician on Fox television said that he no longer expected a result from Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania that night.
In Pittsburgh and the rest of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, election officials want to meet again from 10am. There had been reports from Philadelphia that results could be announced there again from 9 a.m. In Atlanta in the state of Georgia it should not continue until the morning.
In some states of the USA, the evaluation of postal votes may only begin on election day, which leads to delays. In some cases, the comparison of signatures with electoral rolls is mandatory. In some other states, votes received a few days after the election are also counted.
This is where the postmark counts, which must be on election day at the latest. The election officers of several states in the Midwest had announced in advance that the correct counting could take a few days. The final results from North Carolina were also still open.