There’s not a great deal of hope that the results of the presidential election will be known tonight.
Officials in counties across Pennsylvania are not in a rush to count ballots, forecasting that all the absentees will be counted before Friday US time.
The Michigan Secretary of State said she believed they would have “a very clear picture” of the results tomorrow night, which is about midday tomorrow Australian time.
In Wisconsin, it is hoped absentee ballots will be counted by tomorrow morning.
In North Carolina, the state accepts absentee ballots which have been postmarked by Election Day, so long as they arrive before next Thursday.
In Georgia there are an estimated eight percent of the vote still to be counted, but much of it is in heavily Democratic Atlanta.
And in Nevada, a quarter of the vote in Las Vegas, where most of the state lives, has yet to be counted. Postmarked mail-in ballots will be counted if they arrive before next Tuesday.
The closer the margin in each state, the longer it will take before we know a result.
And as the count goes on in most of these states, the margin gets closer.