The election results may be delayed
Were you planning to stay up late Tuesday, Nov. 3, to find out who won the Presidential election?
Good luck. None of us may know before December.
Federal judges in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia have ruled that late mail ballots can be counted even if they lack postmarks.
North Carolina and Minnesota will count late mailed ballots through Nov. 12.
Minnesota Republicans are challenging a deal entered into by a Democrat official.
Minnesota lawmakers set the deadline at 8 pm Nov. 3. Yet Secretary of State Steve Simon agreed with private parties to rewrite the times and manner of elections in Minnesota.
The legal deal lets Minnesota count ballots postmarked Nov. 3 even if they arrive a week later.
In Pennsylvania, ballots without postmarks are assumed to have been mailed on time.
The Republican lawsuit argues this means anyone in Minnesota can vote, even days later.
The lawsuit that led to this was filed by the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund. The Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans persuaded a judge to order vote counting up to 14 days late.
The Alliance for Retired Americans is behind North Carolina’s delayed counting agreement.
The national Alliance for Retired Americans says its job is to mobilize “retired union members, seniors and community activists” to advocate “a progressive political and social agenda.”
The legal force behind the lawsuits comes from Democracy Docket, a progressive group with ties to national Democrats.
The GOP lawsuit wants to end vote-counting delays as it violates federal law. If the election is close, this and other lawsuits could determine the winner.
Fortunately, South Carolina is too small to be subjected to this kind of subterfuge.
The election will be decided in battleground states.
Do we want judges, not the voters, deciding the results?
What’s your opinion?
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