Election 2020: Evolution of mail ballets – and ballet-watchers – threatens slow results

Ballot tracking voters are a key component of the legal strategies of both campaigns, pushing for reviewing ballots, signing and witness requirements, and “fixing” invalid ballots in states where it is allowed . If a battleground state becomes a razor-thin contest, the battle may end in the courts.

The role of ballet watchers, including trained volunteers and lawyers, is to document every detail and dispute the ballot if possible issues occur. Although their presence is not new, election experts fear the added oversight – along with an influx of mail-in ballots – could lead to unnecessary fuel shortages and if it is a close election that hinges on mail-ins Vote to determine the result.

And more than a million people mailed ballots via mail for the Kovid-19 epidemic – along with many states waiting to start counting those ballots until voting stops – in the process of elections. Could have moved the day well.

The possibility of a delayed result comes as Trump and the White House are suggesting that the outcome of the presidential election should be known on election night, with election officials and experts rhetoric about the election trying to prepare the public Its being done. Election night is never official and the high percentage of mail-in ballots means that results will come more slowly, so a winner may not be known for days, if not weeks, later.

Trump has repeatedly and falsely alleged that mail-in voting would lead to widespread fraud and “rigged” elections, while White House press secretary Kayle McKenney claimed last week that the “system” had a winner on election night To be determined.
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David Becker, founder of the Election Innovation Center’s nonpartisan, said, “The more uncertainty there is in counting these ballots, the more frequent and even foreign the adversaries, the more adversaries to create more divisions and reduce confidence. Can be used for. ” Research.

Republican National Committee Chief Counsel Justin Reimer said the party is investing in a legal effort to ensure the process “runs smoothly” and the law is being followed.

Reiman told CNN, “We are not there to interrupt this process. If they are about to check signatures, they need to check the signatures. We understand that there is an urge to count ballots, but fix it. Need to.” “If the authorities are not following the law then we cannot remain isolated – an unfortunate consequence of taking action is that it can slow down the process.”

Presidential campaign lawyer

Both Democrats and Republicans have spent lakhs of rupees for the legal battle expected both before and after the vote closes on 3 November.

The Biden campaign and the Democratic Party have assembled a major legal effort to focus on voting and electoral issues, including a “special litigation” unit led by campaign general manager Dana Remus, with hundreds of lawyers state-by-state Looking at level issues. Related to voter access and counting.

“We are monitoring those possible situations and are ready to respond as needed,” said a Biden campaign official.

The Trump campaign and the RNC have built their own major legal mechanisms, with preparations going on for months as the Kovid-19 epidemic shifted attention toward an absentee voting process and counting. The effort involves sending questionnaires to local officials on how ballot papers will be verified and staff will be deployed.

“It is fair to say that 2020 will be the largest electoral observation event that the party has done and the presidential campaign has done,” Reimer said. “We are ready with volunteers and lawyers at these central counting locations when ballots begin to be processed.”

The likely results of both parties may start soon after the elections are near. Democrats have warned that the returns coming on election night could be misleading, as a large percentage of Republican voters plan to vote in person, while more Democratic voters say they vote for CNN and others. Will vote through mail accordingly. .

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This means that Trump may be ahead in states when voters go to bed on election night, only to see results that turn to Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, as more mail-in ballots are tabulated.

This is an incident that occurred in several close races during the 2018 midterm elections, which prompted Trump to be skeptical of the process. He tweeted that Florida should “go with Election Night results” when the Senate fight tightened due to mail-in votes, and suggested that Arizona get a new one after Democrat Kirsten Sinima took part in the Senate race Should choose.

Biden said on Monday that he was worried that Trump would try to do the same in November. Asked if he believed all votes would be counted, the former vice president told reporters, “I believe Trump will not try to be like that, but I believe the American public is going to insist on it is.”

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The time it takes to declare a winner in a presidential election depends on how close the election is. In modern presidential politics, a winner is usually – but not always – called on election night. In 2004, Democratic candidate John Kerry did not win until the next day, waiting for the results of Ohio to come fully. And in 2000, there was a presidential clash for more than a month after Election Day, one because of Florida. The court battle that accompanied it.

RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens pointed to the 2000 Florida recount as to why the election should not be delayed long after. “I don’t think it took 36 days in 2000 to have served anyone,” Ahrens said.

‘You can really work’

Several major battleground states – Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – do not by law begin counting mail-in ballots until election day, which only raises bets for possible delays until it is known who. Won

Michigan is debating changing its laws on counting mail-in ballots. The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill giving election workers an extra day to process absentee ballots; The Legislative Assembly is still pending.

Once the counting of votes begins, many states, such as Wisconsin, allow challengers to place themselves in close proximity to the election official tabulating the votes, allowing them to question whether the ballot is valid. . Wisconsin election official Reid Magney said the state has historically had attorneys on both sides at central counting locations like Milwaukee and Green Bay, which are also open to the public.

“People can look over their shoulders in the campaign” Magney said.

But this can slow things down.

Baker said, “If you have a ballot that would normally take 20-30 seconds, but it takes 1-2 minutes because someone is challenging every ballot – it is exponentially long and you really Can work. ”

Because more mail-in votes are likely to come from Democrats, GOP lawyers will be in a position to challenge the validity of mail-in ballots. Such challenges may be caused by a missing piece of information such as a signature mismatch or a witness signature, which is required in some states.

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Democrats, in turn, are preparing to meet those Republican challenges. They are also trying to quickly “fix” ballot boxes deemed illegal, which can be done after Election Day in 13 states, according to state legislatures.

Baker said that while election officials are generally trained at central counting sites, “some reasonable basis” would be needed to challenge those votes. “You are not allowed to challenge every ballot,” he said.

Magney said campaign officials and the general public are allowed to follow the process, but they cannot go too far. “If someone is causing a mess,” he said, “they can be taken out.”