Nov. 6 might not mark the end of the election this year, thanks to new voter ID laws in several states. If the election is close, and voters are forced to cast provisional ballots due to those laws, there could easily be a delay in determining the final result.
It raises the specter of the 2000 election, where lawyers, hanging chads, and the U.S. Supreme Court eventually hashed out the final results of that presidential election a month after the election was held.
The issue here is new, stricter laws in states like Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin affecting the presidential election, as well as similar laws in Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee having an effect on their local and state elections. Though many of these voter ID laws are being challenged in court, if they are upheld, they typically lead to voters voting with provisional ballots. Read