November 5, 2020

Democracies Count Votes

By Glenn

Legendary coach Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” In baseball it’s the last out.  He wanted his players to play until the end.  In politics elections are over after the last vote counted.

Once again we see the hollowness of conservative understanding of States’ Rights and Constitutional Law.  States, not presidents, set electoral law and policy. For better or worse states count votes differently. That’s the Law. That’s the Constitution.

No candidate has the right to unilaterally shut down the counting. Counting votes is essential to the electoral process.  States have already legislated when that process will end.

State law requires local election offices to count thoroughly.   They have standards to apply to each vote.  These standards have been in place for years.

It is a reckless lie to claim Americans have never counted votes after Election Day. It happens every election.

Do you really want to through away military ballots?  Do you really want to through way ballots cast by senior citizens or the disabled?  Your candidate can’t just declare victory and demand states stop counting all of the votes.

Conservatives must live in a Burger King drive through culture.  They want it their way, now.  No candidate is entitled to an office.  Our government rests on the consent of the governed, not the dictates of personal whim.

What ever happened to the traditional saying “Patience is a virtue”?

There are several states that have substantial outstanding ballots or close races: Arizona, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  The final electoral vote depends on who wins each.  Neither candidate is guaranteed to win the remaining votes.

If you are tied of this election year dance, the simple solution would be to eliminate the Electoral College.  No modern republic uses this archaic and complicated system.  Our European allies watch this chaos with bewilderment.

Why not just count the votes.  The candidate with the most votes wins.  It works for school boards, city councils and governors.  Let the people decide.

I can already hear the objections.  “The Electoral College is tradition.  We can’t change the constitution.  We must follow the law.”

Really?  Both the Constitution and the Law requires counting votes after the elections.  It’s not Burger King.  It’s American democracy.

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