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Tight Election Day races could lead to legal battles

Posted at 6:58 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 09:58:11-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Once election results start to come in, some of the races could be so close to call that they could lead to legal battles in court.

Eugene Volokh, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, explained that it is likely some races could be so close that we won't know the results for a few days, maybe even weeks.

When it comes to the presidential race, Volokh said that if the results are a landslide, the likelihood of legal challenges are close to none. If it's a tight race, Volokh said we could see litigation in states where it is just too close to call.

Recounts are also possible, but the professor said that it wouldn't be a national recount; instead, it would only focus on the states that have tight races.

Across the country, there have already been some legal battles. In Houston, a federal judge refused to invalidate nearly 127,000 drive-thru mail-in ballots following a lawsuit filed by a group of Republicans.

In Nevada, a judge rejected another GOP lawsuit aiming to stop early voting over signature-matching software and observers when votes are being counted.

If there is need for legal action, in any of the races, Volokh said it would likely be resolved in a couple of weeks.