The election has been decided. But America is still waiting -- like it has all year

Updated 11:57 AM ET, Sat November 7, 2020

(CNN)After the 1876 US election, it took nearly four months for Rutherford B. Hayes to be named the next president, just three days before he was due to be inaugurated.

In 2000, Americans had to wait five weeks for George W. Bush to be declared the winner in a contest that came down to a few hundred votes in Florida.