With votes still being counted in the U.S. presidential election, patience and tolerance are required as court challenges begin, according to Virginia Tech political expert Karen Hult.

“In the coming days, there will be lawyers on both sides trying to make arguments to why the vote count should be stopped and why the vote count should not be stopped,” said Hult. “Clearly the Trump administration has learned – and the Biden side seems to as well – is to be very systematic and take a national look at where the court challenges may be and to be sure that one has lawyers and other people watching in all the states across the country.”

Americans awoke Wednesday to an election outcome still too close to call, with millions of votes still being counted in crucial battleground states.  

“The other thing is of at least some concern - if not surprise - is that President Trump claiming this morning that perhaps the vote count should stop.”

“I think the chief thing that is hard for everyone to think about is the need for patience. It’s going to take some time for the counting, be certified and for the states to move forward.”

Karen Hult teaches political science at Virginia Tech and its Center for Public Administration & Policy, with expertise in the U.S. Presidency and Organizational and Institutional Theory.

More about Karen Hult

Election analysis from Professor Karen Hult is available for media outlets by contacting Bill Foy by email, or by phone at 540-998-0288, or Shannon Andrea by email or by phone at 571-858-3262.

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