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Here’s why the vote count is still going in key states


Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN on Thursday afternoon that 400,000 to 450,000 ballots are left to count in the state — with nearly 300,000 of those coming from Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and its suburbs.

Maricopa officials are expected to provide their daily update on ballot counting later Thursday.

Hobbs said she did not know how many ballots Maricopa workers had counted since their last public update. But she said if they maintained the pace they had set Wednesday — tallying 140,000 ballots in a single day — “we will have a much more clear picture of where things stand” in the presidential contest in Arizona by Friday evening.

Another 46,000 ballots are outstanding in Pima County, home to Tucson, Hobbs said.


A little more than 35,000 votes remained to be counted in Georgia at 5:45 p.m., ET, Thursday, according to a statement from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump was ahead by fewer than 10,000 votes early Thursday evening. Sixteen electoral votes hang in the balance.

Earlier in the afternoon, state official Gabriel Sterling said Chatham County, which includes Savannah, had the most ballots still uncounted Thursday, with additional votes outstanding in Fulton County, home to Atlanta. Chatham elections chairman Tom Mahoney said he expected to complete counting Thursday evening.

Sterling stressed the need for patience in the interest of accuracy.

“The effort here is to make sure that everybody’s … legal vote is counted properly,” Sterling told reporters. “These close elections require us to be diligent and make sure we do everything right.”

Latest Georgia results here.


The Nevada secretary of state says some 190,150 ballots statewide remain to be counted, 90% of which come from Clark County, home to Las Vegas.

In a news release issued Thursday afternoon, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske offered her first full accounting of votes since Election Day. Of the remaining uncounted ballots in Nevada, 123,554 were either returned by mail or dropped off in person at a ballot drop-off location.

The remaining 66,596 are ballots that were cast in person at a polling place, either during early voting or on Election Day, by voters who took advantage of Nevada’s new same-day voter registration law.

Clark County is the state’s most populous, with about 70% of all of Nevada’s active registered voters.

In addition to the 190,150 uncounted ballots statewide, an additional 2,500 provisional ballots need to be approved by Friday.

Earlier in the day, Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said officials expected to count 51,000 votes Thursday and release those results Friday morning. Biden had a narrow lead of roughly 11,400 votes in Nevada on Thursday afternoon.

It’s hard to determine how many ballots are outstanding in Nevada because the state is one of a handful that mailed ballots to all active registered voters. Election officials will count mail-in ballots received through November 10, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

North Carolina

Trump leads in North Carolina by more than 75,000 votes, with an estimated 95% reported. The state is not expected to report any additional results until next week.

To finish its count, North Carolina is waiting to see if 116,000 outstanding requested absentee ballots are returned by November 12. In North Carolina, an Election Day-postmarked ballot can be counted if it is received by 5 p.m. ET on November 12.

But the state still does not know how many of those 116,000 voters chose to instead vote in person or drop off their ballot on Election Day, so the number of potential outstanding votes could shrink.

“With very few exceptions, North Carolina’s numbers are not going to move until November 12 or 13,” North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell said Wednesday.


In Pennsylvania, where 20 electoral votes are at stake, about 340,000 ballots remain to be counted, state officials said. And Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said that election workers could finish tallying “the overwhelming majority” on Thursday and have a clear winner.

Philadelphia County has approximately 85,000 to 90,000 ballots left to count, CNN’s Kate Bolduan reported Thursday afternoon.

Mail-in ballots continue to arrive in Pennsylvania, where state law allows election officials to receive and count mail-in ballots that arrive by Friday. Boockvar has instructed counties to segregate and count ballots arriving between 8 p.m. ET November 3 and before 5 p.m. November 6 in light of a possible legal challenge from the Trump campaign.

But speaking on CNN Thursday afternoon, Boockvar said the post-Election Day ballot numbers could have a marginal impact on the outcome. “It’s not a huge number,” she said. “So, I think, no matter what happens, I don’t think it’s going to be a tremendous impact on this race.”

Allegheny County officials told CNN earlier in the day that they had received around 500 post-election ballots and estimate another 10,000 to 15,000 provisional ballots are left to be processed. Allegheny County includes the city of Pittsburgh.

Allegheny officials will not count any more ballots until Friday because of a court order over some 29,000 disputed ballots, according to county officials. But the county will still be preparing for a resumption Friday of the counting. “They’re processing them. No one has the day off. They’re working,” Allegheny Executive Rich Fitzgerald told CNN.

This story has been updated with additional information.

CNN’s Stephanie Becker, Kelly Mena, Jason Morris, Austen Bundy, Kate Bolduan, Lauren Moore, Jason Morris and Wes Bruer contributed to this report.

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