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  •  You don't know the final result? (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    In the UK there is only 1 vote in a parlementrary election - so the counting takes longer.  In general it takes about 4 - 5 hours for most to report though some do not finish to the next day.

    The UK election is faster because it is simpler - one question on the ballot.

    The US has multiple races: the Florida ballot was in some places 11 pages long.

    In point of fact we knew the results of the presidential election about 12 minutes after the last poll closed, and had reasonably final results the next day.  Florida was mostly done the day after, but the provisional ballots took a couple of days longer.

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:03:16 AM PST

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