Understand Election Outcomes
Because of COVID-19, millions of Americans will be voting by mail this year rather than in person. Expect to see results reported within the week, or possibly several weeks, from election day.
In California, ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before election day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after the election.
The results in the presidential, congressional, and local elections won’t be available until the mailed-in ballots have been officially tallied. While the California Secretary of State’s election results will be updated every five minutes on election night and daily between November 5th – December 3rd at 5 p.m., the official results won’t be posted until December 11, 2020.
While the delay in election results is to be expected, it may also be stressful. CSUF students, staff, and faculty have access to supportive resources related to the elections at You@Fullerton.
For the presidential election, the voting outcomes in each state will decide how that state’s electoral college will be determined. There are 538 members in the electoral college nationally, including 3 from Washington DC, and whomever wins 270 or more electoral college votes is elected president of the United States. In most states (48 out of 50), including California, whomever wins the most popular votes in that state will receive all of that state’s electoral college votes.
The electoral college will cast their official vote on December 14, 2020.
For more information on how our electoral college system works in California, visit the California’s Secretary of State’s Electoral College Information.
For more information on how the electoral college works nationally, visit the National Archives’ Electoral College page.