NCSBE says ‘vast majority’ of votes to be tallied, reported on Election Night

Early voters line up to cast their ballots at the South Regional Library polling location in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH – The N.C. State Board of Elections says it anticipates results reported by the end of election night will include 97% or more of all ballots cast in the 2020 general election.

As they become available after all polls close Tuesday night, unofficial election results will be posted at the board’s Election Results Dashboard.

“Please remember that all results reported on election night are unofficial. We will post results as quickly as possible, but our primary objective will be accuracy more than speed,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “State and county elections officials take many steps after every election to ensure all eligible votes are counted and the results are audited and accurate.”

The NCSBE says it expects to have all in-person one-stop early votes, all by-mail absentee votes received by the county boards of elections by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, and all Election Day votes, excluding provisional ballots, which must be researched post-election to determine voter eligibility. 

The remaining ballots, including provisional ballots and absentee by-mail ballots that arrive after Election Day, will be counted and added to the totals during the post-election canvass period.