Why does it take so long for election results to come in?

Long lines, absentee ballots can mean delays before all results are in

Explaining Election Result Delays

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Many people in our area waited late into the night to see results from Election Night start to come in.

If you're wondering why it takes so long for results after polls close, area clerks say it's important to remember that anyone still registering or in line to vote at 8 p.m. has a chance to cast their ballot.

Onalaska City Clerk Cari Burmaster also says the large amount of absentee ballots this year created a delay in announcing vote totals.

"One of the election workers put this in good perspective for me, they said if you can feed four ballots through a machine in one minute, it's going to take you four hours to get through a thousand," said Burmaster.

Absentee ballots can't be opened and counted until after the polls close. Nearly 5000 absentee ballots were submitted in Onalaska alone.

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