Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said on Sunday it could take as long as a week to tally all the state's absentee ballots for November's 2020 election.
During an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, Benson said Americans should be prepared for an "election week, as opposed to an Election Day."
"The bottom line is we are not going to have the full results and a counting of all of our ballots on election night," Benson said. "The bottom line is we are not going to have the full results and a counting of all of our ballots on election night. We already know that."
The state secretary also discussed the legal changes her office has proposed in order to accommodate the high level of mail-in ballots the state is anticipating in November. The legislature has yet to act on her requests.
"We've asked the legislature to make changes to the laws to give us more ability to be prepared and count those ballots more efficiently. If it takes a few extra days to ensure we have a full and accurate counting as a result of every race, that's what it's going to take," Benson explained. "We're going to be transparent throughout that whole process to make sure every citizen knows exactly where we are in the counting process and how many more ballots we have to get through."
When asked by NBC host Chuck Todd whether she was worried that candidates would be falsely declared as the winner, Benson said yes, but affirmed her office would "counter that misinformation with truth and accuracy."