16.6 C
Monday, November 23, 2020

Why it may take weeks to settle the 2020 election

Election Day is almost upon us, but Election Night just might stretch on for weeks — making the 2000 count look like a stroll in the park.

That year’s result turned on just one uncertain state, Florida; this year could see contested totals in multiple states, several of which are guaranteed to still be collating results for days after Nov. 3.

Some swing states won’t even start counting early and mail-in ballots until the polls close. Others will honor ballots that don’t arrive for several more days. And each party has lined up hundreds of lawyers for post-election litigation.

The pandemic prompted new rules and procedures across the country. Between innocent errors and partisan efforts to ensure new rules favor one side, the lawyers will have endless pretexts for suits.

It was a loyal Democrat, recall, behind the “butterfly ballot” that confused many Palm Beach, Fla., voters into checking the box for Pat Buchanan, not Al Gore, in 2000.

This spring’s primaries saw more than 550,000 mail-in votes disqualified nationwide. If that had been Republicans vs. Democrats, that could’ve been 550,000 drawn-out court arguments — plus appeals.

Scattered signs of chaos are already rampant, and not just New York’s hours-long early-voting lines. Postal workers in Kentucky, New Jersey and Massachusetts got caught throwing away dozens of ballots. Californians are freaking out over “unsanctioned” ballot-dropoff boxes.

Plus, the FBI says that Iran and Russia may be sending death threats to registered Democrats and circulating videos with fake fraud allegations.

A good chunk of Democrats still believe Stacey Abrams’ plainly false claims that she was robbed of a win in Georgia’s 2018 governor’s race. President Trump has regularly fed Republican fears that mail-in ballots guarantee massive fraud, while Mayor de Blasio has commissioned an Election Observers Corps, essentially a group of volunteers sent to intimidate Trump voters before the Trump voters can intimidate others first.

Several states may be unable to certify their vote totals by Nov. 28, which could prompt a deadlock in the Electoral College on Dec. 14, tossing the presidential choice to the House of Representatives in January.

Buckle up: It may be a rough ride.

Read More at NYPost

Latest news

Italy’s COVID-19 Deaths Top 50k; Regeneron To Deliver 300k Antibody Doses By January: Live Updates

Summary:Italy sees virus deaths top 50k Regeneron to provide 300k doses to US by early Jan Oxfam praises AstraZeneca vaccine BoJo unveils plan to lift 2nd...

Trump supporter faces simple assault charges after blowing on anti-Trump protesters

A man wearing a Trump shirt and seen breathing on anti-Trump protesters in a video that went viral over the weekend has been charged...

White House floats new multilateral deal to counter Chinese trade ‘coercion’

Trump administration officials are proposing a retaliatory pact for countries facing economic pressure from...

George Takei: ‘I Want to Live in a Country Where Kaepernick is Seen as a Hero and Kyle Rittenhouse Is Seen as a Terrorist’

Several Hollywood leftists jumped to Twitter on Sunday and Monday to praise former NFL player Colin Kaepernick and to attack Kyle Rittenhouse.Morgan Freeman (not...

Related news

Washington Post staffer fabricates story about France targeting Muslim schoolchildren

France is in the midst of a deadly social upheaval marked by murderous Islamic...

Unemployment benefits are the worst kind of pandemic relief

The conventional wisdom machine in Washington is spinning up one of its “everybody knows”...

A Neighbor You Like Probably Voted For Trump

One of my new neighbors in Denver ended our friendship a few days ago over what I do for a living and my vote...

5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms

In all the excitement among objective journalists for Joe Biden’s declared victory, reporters are missing how extraordinary the Democrat’s performance was in the 2020...

Election Fraud Is Too Important To Be Left To Conspiracy Theorists

On Friday, Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell told The Blaze’s Glenn Beck “our forces” have confiscated a voting company server in Germany linked to...

Will Georgia’s Two Senate Runoffs Split Different Ways?

The presidential race seems to be over. Republicans gained seats in the House, but Democratic control is assured there too, if narrowly. Only the...