What happens if the election results are contested?

Nov. 3, 2020, 2:36 p.m. ETNov. 3, 2020, 2:36 p.m. ET

What happens if the election results are contested?

Even in a normal election year, the contest for president is not exactly straightforward. But this year is different.

A large volume of mail-in ballots means counting and canvassing may take longer than usual. The result may be close enough in some states to draw recounts. And experts say the likelihood of legal challenges in one or more battleground states is high.

We diagrammed the legal challenges and recounts that could delay the results, leading to further disputes in the Electoral College. Here’s what happens if things don’t go smoothly.

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