Alaska’s Division of Elections will next report results from the Nov. 8 election on Nov. 15. As of Nov. 10, there are at least 32,736 ballots remaining to be counted, including 19,198 absentees, 13,538 early votes, and 1,549 questioned ballots. Ballots will trickle in and the final tabulations for the ranked choice races won’t be done until the afternoon of Nov. 23.
With the balance of power in Congress still undecided, American voters expressed in a recent national poll that they clearly dislike delayed reporting of election results, according to Rasmussen Reports’ latest national telephone and online survey.
The survey showed that 65% of Likely U.S. voters agree that many states take too long to count the votes and report results on Election Night, including 37% who Strongly Agree, 28% disagree, and 13% who Strongly Disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted on Nov. 6-7, 2022 by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
While election results were known quickly in Florida, Arizona lags in counting, and Alaska is stuck with delays due to ranked choice voting.
In addition to wanting results to be known more quickly, fewer than half of voters think the news media did a good job covering the midterm campaign. Almost half say the coverage is biased in favor of Democrats.
Only 13% of Likely U.S. voters rate the media coverage of this year’s congressional campaign excellent. Some 24% rate it good and 23% give the media’s midterm coverage a fair rating. Another 33% rate it poor. That compares to November 2020, when 40% rated the media’s coverage of the presidential campaign excellent or good. (To see survey question wording, click here.)