“Election night” isn’t real - it never was

Katarina Dulude

Anchor Staff Writer

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Leading up to and after the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump has decried countless times the fact we did not learn the results of the election the night of as “bad for our country.” It isn’t. Bad for him, maybe, but every vote being counted is how a democracy is supposed to work.

Many, from Trump’s most fervent supporters to apolitical types have questioned why we don’t have election results the night of. Quite a few of them assert there’s some grand conspiracy at play. However, the reality is, even aside from the mail-in-ballots that have taken longer to count, we never know on election night. In fact, historically, until the 1930s,