Delayed election results benefit confusion and conspiracy theories


Even though the legitimacy of the American elections was under constant attacks from former President Donald Trump, many major races have recently seen embarrassing delays and mistakes in reporting their results.

The New York City mayoral election is the largest example ever, but the New York City Election Commission was not surprising. I couldn’t even do basic due diligence And this resulted in an incorrect count of the first results last month. The New York elections have been an improper object lesson for the past year.

Last summer it took a state 6 weeks or more Determine the winners of the two New York State Legislature primaries and electoral authorities was denied One-fifth of the ballots, which is much higher than usual.

Residents of the Flatbush district of Brooklyn, NY will vote for PS249 in the June primary.

Residents of the Flatbush district of Brooklyn, New York will vote for the city’s primary in June. (Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images)

Last fall, New York officials sent the wrong ballot To about 100,000 voters, And the batch had to be resubmitted. In particular, the mistake provided fresh material to Trump’s lie that the election was fraudulent, as it was in the middle of the fall elections, as Trump’s misinformation campaign had reached a frenzy.

The parade of incompetence in New York and some other delays in election results made this a national story, especially the mayor’s race using the first ranked vote.Ranked votes, or RCV Electoral reform It is gaining national attention as a way to stop the polarization of the factions, among other illnesses that plague American democracy. This works by allowing voters to prioritize candidates and reassign those votes as low-vote candidates.

However, Iowa held a caucuses in February 2020 before New York election officials released bad data on the mayoral elections. Confused The state and national Democrats have had to wait a few days for the winner to be declared.

Results in major states were delayed after the November general elections. Several Rust Belt states in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania took three days to determine the president’s winner in the contest. , As Yahoo News reported extensively.

In Georgia, the TV network was so close to the November presidential election Called a race For Joe Biden a week after the election day, state officials 3 separate recounts In the next few weeks, Biden’s victory was confirmed. But Trump has focused much of his attention and is in this state, even if the results do not change the president’s results anyway.

Former President Donald Trump will address the rally on July 3 in Sarasota, Florida.

Former President Donald Trump will address a rally in Sarasota, Florida, on July 3. (Eva Marie Uzkategi / Getty Images)

Voting in Arizona was also so close that most networks took a week to call Biden’s race. The results were confirmed by multiple recounts plagued by conspiracy theories and protests like Georgia. And like Georgia, the results in Arizona wouldn’t change the outcome of the presidential election, even if the state did it for Trump.

However, Trump’s continued claim that he won the reelection last November has no merit and is easily refuted, yet election managers mishandled many races that are being watched carefully, and Trump It made it easy to keep spreading his fabrications. Election experts have pointed out the northeastern and deep-southern regions as having an “incompetent pocket” of election administration related to the state’s political history.

In Last Belt, where the Republican Party confirmed that counting postal ballots would take days, it was a little but important, as many Democrats had asked election authorities to count postal ballots that arrived after the election day. Added no twist.

Pennsylvania allowed ballots to be counted if they arrived within three days of the election, unless the election day was postmarked or postmarked. This was part of a broader attempt to increase access to postal voting during a coronavirus pandemic. This started with public health concerns and then became a partisan issue.

California often has free voting rules to maximize participation It takes time to report the resultsHowever, those delays have not received national attention, as it is not a nationally competitive state.

Vivian Morales checked the ballot in San Bernardino, California, and then sent the ballot to the County Voter Registration Office last November for counting.

Vivian Morales checked the ballot in San Bernardino, California, and then sent the ballot to the County Voter Registration Office last November for counting. (Irrfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

However, voting groups are reassessing a few things when they are thinking about ways to reduce the amount of potential targets for malicious individuals. It was Trump’s lie about the election that led his supporters to riots in the Capitol on January 6, but election overseers confirm that the reported results are beyond blame. I have a special responsibility. Recent races.

However, election officials are sandwiched between the demand to make voting as easy as possible and the delay in reporting results, and sometimes the reality that they are partial results of those demands, and allegations of unfounded fraud. I keep the door open. Elections and Trump’s attacks on election authorities have prompted a surge in threats to election authorities. Experts worry In future elections, retirement will surge and there will be a shortage of volunteers.

“If you can request a ballot ballot on Saturday before Tuesday’s election, no, it will lead the election authorities to success, not voters,” said an official of the National Election Commissioner Group. I did.

Election officials have been criticized by leftist groups in the past for moving the deadline for ballot ballots away from election dates, but election officials said: You can’t chase the electoral authorities in that way. “

Finally, many states expanded mail and early voting last year for a pandemic, but failed to get the funding requested by Congress.Much of the funding for expansion was provided by Private donor, Republicans A few State is now Passing method To prevent.

Election workers will mail ballots for the presidential preliminary elections at the King County elections in Renton, Washington in March 2020.

Election workers will mail ballots for the Washington State primary elections in March 2020. (JasonRedmond / AFP via Getty Images)

Rick Hasen, the best election expert and author of the “Election Meltdown,” lists four “major dangers” to democracy. The first three are a kind of futile and incendiary remarks that Trump trafficked, such as voter oppression, dirty tricks, and stories of “illegal” elections.

But fourth, when Hasen says, he is totally incompetent and, over time, diminishes respect for election results, even among those who resist Trump-style misunderstandings and demagogues. Most US elections are well-managed, but this is not always the case in metropolitan areas such as Detroit, Philadelphia, and New York.

“If New York was a Republican state, the elections would be so bad that there would be street protests over the oppression of voters,” Hasen told Yahoo News last year. “But because it’s a democracy, it still passes.”

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