If the 2022 election looks like the 2020 election, voters shouldn’t expect to see the outcome of every race immediately. On the one hand, states like Wisconsin, Michigan or Arizona could find themselves delayed by recount requests, whether automatic or requested by candidates, CNBC reports.
In Arizona, for example (where particularly bitter and close competitions are underway), a recount is automatically triggered “if the margin between a candidate and the winner is less than or equal to 0.5% [of] the vote total,” writes CNBC. The same goes for the battleground states of Florida and Pennsylvania, although there is no margin requirement for a recount request in Pennsylvania, and only the Secretary of State can request a recount in Florida. triggers recount in Ohio for statewide races.
In Wisconsin, where Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has not pledged to accept the election results (nor has he said he will contest them), voters could find themselves caught up in a recount demanded by the candidate, but only if the margin “is less than or equal to 1% of the total votes cast,” CNBC notes. Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon (R) also dodged election acceptance questions; there is no margin requirement for a recount request in its state, but a request is automatically triggered by a margin of 2,000 votes or less.
In the South, Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke said he was “not counting” on Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to concede in the event of a loss; but a recount is only automatic in the event of a tie. Alternatively, the losing contestant can request one as long as their loss is “less than 10% of the total number of votes received by the winner,” according to CNBC. And in Georgia, the site of plenty election drama in 2020, a candidate can only request a recount if the margin is less than or equal to 0.5% of the total votes cast.
In the end, remember that “recounts rarely change the outcome of elections,” writes Talking Points Memo — instead, they “simply add days to the process as officials recount the results.”
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