An estimated seven million votes have not yet been counted across the US as officials work through a huge backlog of ballots. Some states allow for mail-in and absentee ballots to be received as late as three days after polling day – provided they’re dated on or before election day. The yet to be counted ballots could significantly improve Hillary Clinton’s result in the popular vote. Clinton supporters claim such a number to be ‘horrific’ and add that it allows to make a conclusion that the exact results of the election aren’t clear yet.
The new votes are unlikely to change the Electoral College results, however, as most are in California, New York and Washington – states that already heavily favoured the Democratic nominee. David Wasserman, editor of Cook Political Report said: “A majority of them are on the coasts, in New York, California, and Washington. She should be able to win those votes, probably 2-1.” Secretary Clinton currently has more than 63 million votes, but that’s set to increase to around 66 million by the time final ballots are cast – matching or surpassing Barack Obama’s 2012 result. The former Secretary of State has already won more votes than any white man in US history, including Mr Trump. The final result of the election won’t be confirmed until mid-December, when electors who make up the Electoral College officially meet to cast their binding votes.