How quickly midterm votes were counted

While the last polls closed at 1 a.m. Eastern time in Alaska, it took weeks to tally the results of the 2022 election. Control of the Senate was decided four days after Election Day on Nov. 12, while the House would take eight days. But even after these calls, votes were still being tabulated in races across the country.

The map below shows how quickly or slowly each district reported their count for House races.

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These percentages are based on the Associated Press’s expected-vote model. In some cases, the AP adjusted its expectations after turnout ended up being higher or lower than early-vote counts implied.

Each state has its own set of election rules, which can greatly influence how quickly they count votes. Outlets like the AP and The Washington Post generally call races before a final tally is recorded, but votes continue to be reported after the call and the final margin of the race can change significantly.

Here’s where the remaining vote stood as 4 p.m. on Nov. 28, 20 days after Election Day.


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Note: Districts in black were uncontested by one of the two major parties, so AP did not track vote totals.

Counting was slowest in states that made heavy use of vote-by-mail. Those ballots require additional processing, and in states such as California they were accepted even if they arrived within the week after Election Day (as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 8). Votes in dense counties also tended to be tabulated more slowly than those in rural areas, as there were simply more ballots to process.

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Note: States in black had no Senate race in 2022.

The 2020 presidential election was called by most outlets on Nov. 7 of that year, four days after Election Day. Enormous turnout, coupled with the rapid expansion of vote-by-mail because of covid-19, created a large backlog of ballots to be counted. While 2022 turnout was not as record-breaking, it featured an unusual number of close races. Long waits for final election outcomes may increasingly be the norm.

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About this story

Vote counts and expected vote totals are from the Associated Press. Race calls are made separately by The Washington Post. Oklahoma had both a regular and special Senate election. The vote totals shown are for the regular election.

The Senate map displays county-level results, or parish-level results in the case of Louisiana. In Alaska, only statewide tabulations are available from the AP. Vote totals by township in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have been aggregated to the county level.

Sources: Associated Press, U.S. Census Bureau, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Reuben Fischer-Baum, Jen Haskell, Kati Perry, Kevin Schaul and Harry Stevens contributed to this report.