Strap yourself in folks, this year's election process could be set to take a very long time...

Well, it is if Trump insists on a recount, that is.

When Democratic candidate, Joe Biden won the state of Wisconsin by an eyewateringly close percentage, Trump, quite rightfully, made hints at requesting a recount.

But how long would this take?

Well, we've had a look into it for you and, guess what? It would take a ridiculously long time. But first, let's take a quick look at what's happened these last twenty-four-hours...

Before election day: Nearly 100 million had already cast their vote.

And according to the Independent, polls showed that Biden and his vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, lead the way, being favored amongst 66% of voters.

Election Day: 69% of voters are reported to have favored Trump.

Other polls predicted results that opposed each other, some thinking our current president would be re-elected, while others rounded up that we would have a Democrat on the throne.

Polls started to close.

And the first results of the 2020 election rapidly began flooding in.

Polling stations in parts of Indiana and Kentucky were the first to close.

It was quickly confirmed that Trump won in a number of states, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Alabama, while Biden won over the West Coast states, such as California, Washington, and Oregon.

Trump wins Florida.

Trump called a win with 51.3% of the vote, while Biden had 47.8%.

Biden says he feels on track to win the election.

"We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we would go into maybe tomorrow morning, maybe even longer!" Biden said. "But we feel good about where we are. I'm here to tell you tonight we believe we're on track to win this election."

Donald Trump posts a tweet that was soon to be marked as 'misinformation' by Twitter.

It was quickly deleted from the social media platform.

Trump wins Texas.

Trump wins the crucial seat, earning him 38 electoral points.

Trump asks for voting to stop.

In a speech, he expressed a worry that ballots would be found at "4 o'clock in the morning" which he didn't think should be counted.

Trump then declares his own victory.

He followed up his wish to close voting by suggesting he would be taking the matter to the Supreme Court. Trump said: "As far as I am concerned, we have already won."

Arizona predicted to turn blue for the first time in 24 years.

The state has previously only ever backed 1 other Democratic candidate in the last 72 years, so this is a huge event for Biden and his party tonight.

Biden gains more votes than either candidate in the 2016 election.

Surpassing Clinton’s 65,853,625 with 65,881,145 votes.

Republican David Andahl elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Andahl died of COVID-19 last month aged fifty-five, but the election results in North Dakota showed the Bismarck-area district going to both him and Dave Nehring.

Twenty-five-year-old Republican Madison Cawthorn set to be the youngest member of Congress after winning his race in North Carolina.

After rising to prominence following his surprise primary win earlier this year, Cawthorn has defeated Democrat Moe Davis in the state’s eleventh Congressional District, which occupies most of Western North Carolina. Reacting to his victory, Cawthorn tweeted, “Cry more, lib."

60,000 Americans vote for Kanye West to become president.

After revealing that he voted for himself, it turns out the rapper actually garnered quite a few supports. Though of course, it's not enough to see him in the White House.

As more and more results come in, it seems as though Donald Trump is getting confident.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, both Democrats, criticized President Donald Trump after he claimed victory (early) in the 2020 presidential race even though they have not been officially called yet. And given the circumstances, it could be much longer until the final result is in.

Joe Biden breaks an impressive record.

The presidential candidate has now reportedly received more votes than either candidate did back in 2016.

Donald Trump continues election night rant on Twitter.

Donald Trump continues election night rant on Twitter. The president continued where he left off, writing: “Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters" got it completely & historically wrong!"

Trump calls out mail-in-ballot "dumps" - branding them as "devastating in their percentage and power of destruction."

Making his stance on the matter very clear.

Joe Biden's campaign manager releases a statement in which she claims they are still on a "path to victory."

“We believe we are in a clear path to victory by this afternoon, we expect that the vice president will have leads in states that put him over 270 electoral votes today. The vice president will garner more votes than any presidential candidate in history, and we’re still counting. He has won over 50% of the popular vote. We are on track to win in Michigan by more than Donald Trump did in 2016. To win in Wisconsin by more than Trump did in 2016. To win in Pennsylvania by more than Trump did in 2016. And we flipped one of his states, Arizona."

All caught up?

Good, because next in the timeline is the repercussions a potential recount could have on the entire election process.

Now, as you will know, it was an insanely close call for the State of Wisconsin.

Joe Biden led President Trump by a slim margin - less than 1% - meaning that Trump was well within his right to force a recount.

Shortly after the count, the Trump campaign claimed that they were not given proper "access" to the counting process...

Before insisting that this was merely another attempt by the Democrats to "steal the election."

Ultimately, Trump now plans to force a recount in at least 2 states.

But what exactly happens if there is a recount? Well, it varies by state. In Wisconsin, the request must be made by 5:00 p.m on the first business day following the vote, which the Trump administration has adhered to, and the recount must be completed within thirteen days. Yes, thirteen days.

However, In Michigan, an automatic recount will be triggered if 2,000 votes or less separate Trump and Biden...

While in Nevada, a candidate can request a recount for any reason, regardless of the margin of votes that separates them.

And, when it comes to Pennsylvania...

A recount is automatically triggered if the margin separating candidates is .5% or less. A candidate cannot formally request a recount but can appeal the outcome.

So, to put a long story short...

A recount could result in the election result being postponed by days or, in a worst-case scenario, weeks. So, settle down, get comfortable, and make sure your coffee supplies are high - we're going to be here for a while.