When will we get election results from Tuesday’s primary contests?
It’s never easy to predict when races will be called, but there are some bits of information that provide clues as to how the night could unfold.
First, polls will close starting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time in South Carolina and ending Nevada at 10:00 PM Eastern Time. So if you’re on the east coast, expect a late night.
States also set different rules about how ballots are collected and counted, which can affect how quickly votes are counted and results are released.
In Nevada, all eligible voters were automatically given ballots for their parties’ primary election — it’s the first time the state has held an all-mail election since lawmakers expanded postal voting last year (although voters are still in-person). can vote if they prefer). And since election officials can start counting votes before Election Day, some results may be available right after polling stations close.
By June 3, more than 71,000 Nevada voters had already cast their ballots by mail and nearly 40,000 had voted in person.
Where people live can also matter. In Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, more voters live in Nevada than any other county in the state. If a significant number of ballots arrive late in Clark County, that could be delayed when results are available in races across the state. In recent elections, Clark County’s ballots made up 80 percent of the votes uncounted by election night, said Stephen Ohlemacher, the election decisions editor for The Associated Press.
In South Carolina, state legislators changed the rules for in-person voting in May, making it easier for voters to get to polls and vote before Election Day. The change made permanent a number of options temporarily granted during the 2020 elections, due to the pandemic. That year, according to The Associated Press, the state had more than 95 percent of the vote before the end of election night.
Maine uses a Voting system with ranked choice, in which voters rank candidates in order of preference and votes are tabulated in rounds. While that may take longer to process, leading to delays, it probably won’t affect results in the congressional or state governor’s primaries because there are only one or two candidates.
North Dakota is divided into two time zones, Central and Mountain time, but all polling stations will be closed at 8 p.m. Central Time (9 p.m. Eastern Time), according to Lee Oliver, an election specialist in the office of the Secretary of State. By 2020, nearly all votes had been counted by the end of Election Day, according to The Associated Press.