The results of the presidential election are usually announced on election night as news organizations have enough information to accurately forecast a winner. However, as Fox News explains, “each state will continue to count the popular vote and certify the results in the days and even weeks after Election Day.”
It is also important to note that states have differing deadlines on when they meet to certify the results.
For Delaware, the deadline is two days after Election Day. New York will certify results on December 7th, and California will certify results on December 11th.
When states have finished certifying their results, the electors of the Electoral College will assemble on December 14th in their respective states. They will then cast one ballot for president and one for vice president.
The results will be delivered to the Capitol. On January 6, 2021, “the Senate and House of Representatives will meet for a joint session in the House chamber to count the electoral votes,” Fox News explained.
The winning ticket will be inaugurated as president and vice president on January 21, 2021.
According to The Guardian, 99.7 million people have already voted ahead of Election Day. This election “will be the first in history in which more people vote in advance of election day than on it.”
The article explains that this could lead to some irregularities. This will likely happen as results will arrive more quickly than usual in some places while being delayed in others.