The polls may have closed more than 72 hours ago, but ballots are still being counted in four key swing states where forecasters say the race is too close to call.
Long-lasting counts are nothing new to US elections; what is unusual in 2020 is that so many states have so narrow a margin, forcing a counting of every last ballot.
The idiosyncrasies of the pandemic election — where millions of voters took advantage of new mail-in and early voting opportunities — have also forced local election authorities to grapple with new vote processing regimes on the fly.
As a result, neither President Donald Trump nor his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have yet been credited with the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House.Here is the state of play in four remaining battlegrounds in dispute: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.
Source: US states to watch: why is it taking so long to count votes in 2020? | Financial Times