I've been watching the results come in at the Wall Street Journal, and I've noticed Nevada is unbelievably slow at counting. By my estimate, only 11% was counted in the last 24 hours.

What's up with this?

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    Keep in mind that the slowness of vote counting may be a bit worse than normal, but not by that much. Usually the election isn't close enough that it matters so one candidate or the other concedes well before the counting is done. Part of the "slowness" is just that it is more obvious when it holds up the final result.
    – JohnFx
    Commented Nov 6, 2020 at 18:31
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    Nevada allows same-day voter registration, which means a massive number of provisional ballots that must be cured before they can be counted. Curing those ballots is even slower than validating mail ballots, some of which also need to be cured.
    – StephenS
    Commented Nov 7, 2020 at 22:13

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The reason Nevada is slow at counting is that Nevada mostly received mailed ballots, which take a lot of time to count as people feared the pandemic

CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/05/politics/vote-count-key-states/index.html

It's hard to determine how many ballots are outstanding in Nevada because the state is one of a handful that mailed ballots to all active registered voters. Election officials will count mail-in ballots received through November 10, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

Metro Uk: https://metro.co.uk/2020/11/06/why-is-nevada-taking-so-long-to-count-their-us-election-2020-votes-13547155/

Nevada is taking so long to count its votes because of the surge in the number of people opting for mail-in voting. People were less inclined to physically go to polling stations to cast their votes this year for fears they could catch the coronavirus.

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