Just about everything is different in 2020, and the November election will be no exception. One of the biggest differences is that there may not be a clear winner on election night.

We have to count every ballot that is cast — from members of the military who send in their vote from overseas, to people with pre-existing conditions voting absentee because of coronavirus, to people who vote on Election Day.

Due to coronavirus and health concerns, more people are voting absentee than ever before and absentee ballots take longer to count because of security measures to verify the accuracy of those ballots.

In Wisconsin, clerks can’t begin processing absentee ballots until election day. Plus, due to coronavirus, election officials will be working with reduced staff. We need to be patient so election officials can take the time to make sure every eligible vote is counted accurately.

By uniting across our differences this election season, we will ensure every vote is counted and swear in a new government elected by and for us.