Will this be a repeat of the 2000 elections? Or would it be something more exotic than that?
At the time, George W. Bush’s victory over Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election was unprecedented, as the controversy over the Florida vote count delayed the results until December, when the Supreme Court decided by a margin of 5-4 ultimately a recount in Kent Florida is unconstitutional and Bush is declared the winner.
But this fiasco could be nothing compared to this year’s election – and not just in terms of who gets elected president.
This can also be the case for major Congressional, state, and local offices.
Here are three reasons why.
1.) There will be more mailed ballots than ever before.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people will go beyond voting in person in their usual constituencies and submitting their ballot papers simply by mail as a way to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 from a district that may have a lot of people in election day.
California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Vermont and Washington will primarily hold elections by e-mail, According to CNN. Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas will need an excuse to vote by mail, while all other states will allow electors to request the ballot by mail.
2.) USPS is hampered with cuts.
The United States Postal Service is experiencing financial problems that may delay mailing ballots across the country. According to CNBC.
In August, the USPS sent letters to 46 states and Washington, D.C. warning that some major ballot papers may not arrive in time to be counted by Election Day, according to the Washington Post.
3.) Mail ballot papers take longer to count.
Whether it is citizen volunteers making mistakes, or local election offices that use different forms of technology or have to verify the signatures of the ballot match on a driver’s license, the mail count can be longer.
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