Political pundits and polls are suggesting the presidential election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is a dead heat.
Many, including Abigael Evans, are hoping the conversation about the next president will end Tuesday night -- or at the very latest early Wednesday morning.
However, there is a chance the presidential election could wane on for days or even weeks after Election Day.
Recounts in Florida, Colorado and Virginia could force the election into overtime. If the margin falls within 0.5 percent, Colorado and Florida would be forced into a recount based on an automatic trigger.
Either candidate could petition for a recount in Virginia if the margin falls below 1 percent.
But a bigger hanging chad could exist with provisional and absentee ballots in the battleground states.
Nine of the 10 battleground states allow for provisional voting, and if those votes become critical to the Electoral College result, it could delay the election result to the end of November, according to Politico.
If Ohio officials are forced to count provisional ballots, Ohio wouldn't be able to start that process until Nov. 17. The state would be required by law to be finished by Nov. 27.
And this is all assuming that the Romney and Obama aren't forced into a tie.
If that happens, the newly minted House of Representatives would cast votes for the next president, according to the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The Senate would decide on a victor between the two vice president candidates.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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