Michigan official fears mail-in votes will cause state to delay presidential election result

A top Michigan official warned of a nightmare situation on election night in which counting mail-in votes holds up the results of the presidential contest if the decision depends on winning the state’s 16 electoral votes.

“This is a perfect storm that could be created. We don’t want Michigan to be the last state reporting on Election Day in 2020. We don’t want to be the Florida … of 2020,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission summit in Washington on Tuesday. Florida held up the 2000 election results for weeks due to a recount of votes between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

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