Nevada Won't Update Election Results Until Thursday, Hasn't Counted All Mail Ballots

Nevada is not expected to update election results in the state until Thursday as thousands of mail-in ballots have still not been counted in the hotly-contested state, election officials have said.

The Nevada State Department's Elections Division said mail ballots received on Election Day, any ballots arriving by mail over the next week, and provisional ballots had not been counted as of the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The division added that after a day of counting all in-person votes and mail ballots received through November 2, it would be providing no further results updates until 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Posting on social media this morning, the Nevada Elections Division said: "That's it for election results updates until 9:00 am on Nov. 5. Here's what has been counted so far: All in person early votes. All in person Election Day votes. All mail ballots through Nov. 2. Here's what is left to count: Mail ballots received on Election Day. Mail ballots that will be received over the next week. Provisional ballots.

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

"Ballots outstanding is difficult to estimate in Nevada because every voter was sent a mail ballot. Obviously, not all will vote."

The Nevada Independent editor Jon Ralston also reported that "tens of thousands" of mail ballots were still left to be counted in Clark County, where Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by a little more than 60,000 votes at the time of writing.

"These have dramatically favored the Dems so far by more than 2-to-1. Biden should do well there," Ralston added. "There are also tens of thousands of provisional ballots in urban Nevada and some in the rurals. Less sure of that mix, but the Clark mail, if it follows the previous pattern, may be enough for Biden."

Newsweek has contacted the Elections Division of the Nevada Secretary of State's department for further comment. This article will be updated with any response.

Nevada election officials said there would be no more result updates until Thursday as the state remained closely split with 86 percent of estimated votes having been reported, according to The New York Times.

At the time of writing, Biden leads Trump by less than 8,000 votes and 0.5 percentage points in Nevada—a state Hillary Clinton won by 2.4 points and more than 27,000 votes in 2016.

Six electoral votes are on offer in the Silver State, but those votes could still prove crucial as several other swing states hang in the balance. The former vice president and Trump are so far split by just 14 electoral college votes with results in seven states still to be declared.