Chart: Election results may not follow the established timeline

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It’s possible we won’t know right away who won the presidential election.


  • Unlike most presidential elections, we may not know the winner of the 2020 vote on election night. Changes were made to provide more flexible absentee voting, so counties will need time to count those votes (at least 13 states allow absentee ballots to be counted if they’re received the day after the election).

  • The U.S. Constitution sets deadlines for the election of the president and vice president. Federal law requires that we have a president on Inauguration Day, but there may be legal challenges along the way.

  • Investors should stay focused on long-term goals and avoid emotional decisions if there’s market volatility. Working with an advisor can help investors calibrate their risk tolerance, goals and asset allocation.


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