Florida Senator Marco Rubio went viral for asking a simple question about why some states take so long to count votes.
On Wednesday a Rubio tweet took off when he questioned why Florida, the third-most-populous state in the US, can count their votes in a matter of hours, while other states take days.
"If #Florida can count 7.5 million ballots in 5 hours how can it take days for some states to count less than 2 million?" Rubio asked.
If #Florida can count 7.5 million ballots in 5 hours how can it take days for some states to count less than 2 million?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 9, 2022
States have different regulations when it comes to counting votes. Only 38 states permit pre-election mail ballot processing. There are also different deadlines from state-to-state when it comes to the deadline for mail-in ballots.
Nearly 300,000 mail ballots were dropped off in Maricopa County on the morning of the election.
"When people are told to drop off their early ballot on Election Day, those can't be counted that night. You can't just run them through a machine. They have to be signature checked, scanned first, signature checked, then processed by a bipartisan board before they can be counted," former Maricopa County recorder Helen Purcell told WSAZ-TV.
Nevada allows votes to be counted as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.
"[T]o be clear, we said all along that we would only have some of the results on election night," Nevada secretary of state spokeswoman Jennifer Russell told NBC News. "By law, Nevada counties have until Nov. 12 to receive mail ballots."
Most of the delays are tied to voting by mail, which became a widespread practice in 2020.
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