The Last Days

If the election is as close as seems likely, the U.S. people may not know for many hours, perhaps days, possibly even weeks after Nov. 7 whether they have elected Tom Dewey or Franklin Roosevelt.

Reason: the soldier vote. Eight states have fixed soldier-vote-counting deadlines after Election Day. In Missouri (15 electoral votes), soldier votes may be received up to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, and counting cannot begin until Nov. 10. Rhode Island and North Dakota (four electoral votes each) will receive soldier ballots up until Dec. 5 before counting them. In between are Pennsylvania (35 electoral votes), Colorado (6),...

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