Stopping voting, delayed counting or counting very late into the night is why people believe elections are rigged. It's shady and state legislatures should fix it.— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 6, 2021
Votes are counted until they're all counted. We don't stop counting votes that have been legally cast because the big hand is on 12 and the little hand is on 11. That's how it's always been. And election workers have to sleep, so counting is sometimes paused overnight.
The logistical realities of tabulating votes, especially in an election with an unprecedented turnout, never mattered this much until a con man started declaring that an election must be rigged if he lost. He started making that absurd claim in 2016, before he was elected, based on nothing but an a priori narcissistic rationalization that he couldn't lose unless he was cheated.