Nevada Election Counting Delay Prompts Flood of Memes, Jokes

Americans are still waiting to know whether Democratic nominee Joe Biden has prevailed over President Donald Trump in Nevada in the 2020 election.

Early Thursday morning, Biden was leading by less than one percentage point in the state. The Associated Press has Biden at 264 electoral college votes, having already called Arizona for the Democrat, so a win in Nevada would push him over the 270 needed to clinch the presidency.

President Donald Trump has 214 electoral college votes, according to the AP's calls.

More results had been expected on Wednesday from Nevada counties that include big cities, but Nevada officials have now said they won't be providing an update on election results until 12 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Meanwhile, impatient Twitter users shared memes poking fun at how long it was taking to find out who had secured the state's six electoral college votes.

Among those sharing memes were sports journalist Jemele Hill and New York Times reporter Astead W. Herndon.

"Nevada: I'm leaving the house right now!" Hill tweeted. "Also Nevada," she added alongside a picture of the late musician Prince reading on a couch.

Nevada: I’m leaving the house right now!

Also Nevada:

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 5, 2020

Herndon's meme compared Nevada vote counters to a sunbathing Squidward Tentacles, a fictional character from the animated show SpongeBob SquarePants.

Nevada vote counters

— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) November 5, 2020

"Can you hurry and count the votes?" another person tweeted, alongside an image of the older Steve Rodgers, played by Chris Evans, from the end of the film Avengers: Endgame.

"No, I don't think I will," the still from the film is subtitled.

can you hurry and count the votes?


— ziwe (@ziwe) November 5, 2020

"Everyone: Nevada we're waiting!!!" another tweet said, alongside a clip of a song from the comedy musical Firebringer. "I don't really wanna do the work today," one of the musical's characters sings in the video.

Everyone: Nevada we’re waiting!!!


— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) November 5, 2020

Comedian Chico Bean joked that Sesame Street's Count needed to be flown to Nevada.

We need him on a flight from Sesame Street to Nevada ASAP...

— Chico Bean (@chicoBean) November 5, 2020

"Out of all states, you'd think Nevada would be faster at counting," the Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Twitter account added.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske issued a news release on Wednesday answering questions about Nevada ballot-counting process.

The process is proceeding at "the expected pace," she said in the release, adding that the "timeline for counting ballots in Nevada comes from the legislatively approved process, and this process dictates that all properly received ballots will continue to be counted for up to nine days after the election."

Cegavske also said that Nevada election officials did not stop counting ballots at the end of election night. "The counting of ballots is ongoing and will continue until every cast ballot is counted," she added.

Workers process polling place equipment and materials at the Clark County Election Department after polls closed on November 3, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images