They Need Extra Time to ‘Count the Votes,’ if You Know What I Mean

 

The White House has released a pre-emptive statement, telling American citizens not to expect the results of the election until they have time to, um, count the ballots.  If you know what I mean.

The midterm election results will not be clear on Election Day and final results won’t arrive for “a few days,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday.

Jean-Pierre made the statement during a press conference at the White House on the eve of Election Day. She argued that many states use mail-in ballots and other forms of early voting that often won’t be counted until after the ballots cast in-person on Tuesday.

“We may not know all the winners of elections for a few days. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. That’s how this is supposed to work,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Voting is managed by local election commissions – run by local elected officials, in towns that The White House has never heard of.  The White House does not play any role in counting votes.

At least, I didn’t think that The White House played any role in counting votes.  So presuming that they don’t, then why are they releasing this statement?  How is this their concern?  And how do they know how votes are counted, or when?  And why does The White House feel the need to explain how local election commissions do their jobs?

It was not long ago that America was capable of getting election results as quickly as third-world countries – on the same day.  Just over the past few elections, all of a sudden it takes days or weeks, instead of hours.

After all, they need time to “count the votes.”  If you know what I mean.

Thank goodness The White House cleared that up.  That really sets my mind at ease.

Are red lights flashing in anyone else’s head right now?

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  1. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    Hey, we’re filling out ballots as fast as we can, but we gotta wait and see how many are needed . . . 

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  2. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    The white house wants the Federal Government to have all the power because it hates sharing power with local officials and local governments. But you knew that already. 

    The left desires to get rid of the first amendment based on fact-checkers who work for left wing media organizations and they desire to get rid of the police and replace them with federal army/police to enforce racial equality.

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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    There are third world nations that can count all their votes within hours of the polls closing.

    Some of them have all the votes counted weeks before the election is held.

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  4. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    @drbastiat

    Percival (View Comment):

    There are third world nations that can count all their votes within hours of the polls closing.

    Some of them have all the votes counted weeks before the election is held.

    Perhaps we do too.

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  5. OldPhil Coolidge
    OldPhil
    @OldPhil

    “Wink, wink.”

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  6. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    @drbastiat

    I just can’t get over how tone-deaf this is. 

    If half the country believed that I had won an election via fraud, you would not hear me talking about elections.  I would talk about anything else.  If a reporter asked me about an election, I would talk about gas prices or something.  

    Hearing the leader of the Democrat party talk about election integrity is jarring.  Surely someone told him that this might come across poorly?

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  7. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
    MWD B612 "Dawg"
    @danok1

    They were talking about this a couple weeks ago.

    If you’re telling me two weeks before an election that it may take days to count the ballots, what you’re actually telling me is that you’re planning to cheat. Simple as.

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  8. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    @RandyWeivoda

    Dr. Bastiat:

    Voting is managed by local election commissions – run by local elected officials, in town that The White House has never heard of.  The White House does not play any role in counting votes.

    At least, I didn’t think that The White House played any role in counting votes.  So presuming that they don’t, then why are they releasing this statement?  How is this their concern?  And how do they know how votes are counted, or when?  And why does The White House feel the need to explain how local election commissions do their jobs?

    Ideally, people in the federal executive and legislative branches would mind their own business and not comment on things that are not under their purview.  But half of Americans don’t understand the concept of jurisdiction and expect politicians to have opinions on matters up and down the board.

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  9. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Dr. Bastiat, I really look like to hear why you think the election of 2020 was stolen. Obviously it was rigged by by the FBI but you seem to think that Trump would have gotten more electoral college points if the votes were all counted fairly. 

    I have read the gajillion shady things that happened with the votes but I still haven’t seen the Leviathan of evidence.

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  10. kedavis Coolidge
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I just can’t get over how tone-deaf this is.

    If half the country believed that I had won an election via fraud, you would not hear me talking about elections. I would talk about anything else. If a reporter asked me about an election, I would talk about gas prices or something.

    Hearing the leader of the Democrat party talk about election integrity is jarring. Surely someone told him that this might come across poorly?

    Biden is too brain-dead to understand much of anything.

    But don’t call him Shirley!

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  11. Hoyacon Member
    Hoyacon
    @Hoyacon

    If you could learn to be an Election Fraud Denier, this would not bother you.

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  12. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    I have read the gajillion shady things that happened with the votes but I still haven’t seen the Leviathan of evidence.

    I may have seen it and not understood it because there were computery vocabulary words.

    But we don’t have to look for Leviathans or Krakens. We can also look for armies of Orcs.

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  13. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    They need time to steal.

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  14. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I just can’t get over how tone-deaf this is.

    If half the country believed that I had won an election via fraud, you would not hear me talking about elections. I would talk about anything else. If a reporter asked me about an election, I would talk about gas prices or something.

    Hearing the leader of the Democrat party talk about election integrity is jarring. Surely someone told him that this might come across poorly?

    They expect to be believed.  Because all of the “good” people agree with them and defend them.

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  15. Henry Castaigne Member
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    @HenryCastaigne

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I just can’t get over how tone-deaf this is.

    If half the country believed that I had won an election via fraud, you would not hear me talking about elections. I would talk about anything else. If a reporter asked me about an election, I would talk about gas prices or something.

    Hearing the leader of the Democrat party talk about election integrity is jarring. Surely someone told him that this might come across poorly?

    They expect to be believed. Because all of the “good” people agree with them and defend them.

    It is poison to believe that partisanship makes you a better person.

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  16. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    @Dotorimuk

    To be fair, it also takes time to cover the windows of a polling place with cardboard. You need the proper kind of tape that will really stick, and sometimes you send the wrong person to Lowe’s, they come back with electrical tape, and you have to send someone else…

    It just extends the time needed for vote….uh….counting.

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  17. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    They’re panicked because this time the right-wing is going to be watching.

     

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  18. Ekosj Member
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    @Ekosj

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat, I really look like to hear why you think the election of 2020 was stolen. Obviously it was rigged by by the FBI but you seem to think that Trump would have gotten more electoral college points if the votes were all counted fairly.

    I have read the gajillion shady things that happened with the votes but I still haven’t seen the Leviathan of evidence.

    Let’s look at one State – Pennsylvania

    Absentee ballots were sent to everyone and their brother.   There was no -zero – attempt to verify signatures on returned ballots.   After the fact, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the entire process unconstitutional.    
    But evidence?   Once the ballots are separated from the envelopes bearing the signatures it is quite literally impossible separate the sheep from the goats.

    That is one state.

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  19. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    They’re panicked because this time the right-wing is going to be watching.

     

    Could you sum up? The New York Times has a paywall, and they’d have to pay me to read that swill.

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  20. Gary Robbins Member
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    In Florida, the State is allowed to count mail-in ballots as they arrive.  As soon as the polls close the mail-in ballots go public.  Everything is wrapped up very quickly.

    But in other states like Pennsylvania, the mail-in ballots are not counted until the polls close.  You might want to talk to the Pennsylvania Republican Legislature about why this is so. 

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  21. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    Hey, we’re filling out ballots as fast as we can, but we gotta wait and see how many are needed . . .

    That’s the way they have traditionally done it in Portland, OR.

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  22. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    In Florida, the State is allowed to count mail-in ballots as they arrive. As soon as the polls close the mail-in ballots go public. Everything is wrapped up very quickly.

    But in other states like Pennsylvania, the mail-in ballots are not counted until the polls close. You might want to talk to the Pennsylvania Republican Legislature about why this is so.

     Well remember in Pennsylvania people other than the legislature made decisions about how ballots were going to be managed. And you didn’t take anything was wrong with that.

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  23. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    In Florida, the State is allowed to count mail-in ballots as they arrive. As soon as the polls close the mail-in ballots go public. Everything is wrapped up very quickly.

    But in other states like Pennsylvania, the mail-in ballots are not counted until the polls close. You might want to talk to the Pennsylvania Republican Legislature about why this is so.

    It’s all wrapped up very quickly *now*, given the events of 2000.

    Close races show the warts, and the inconsistencies from state to state, county to county, precinct to precinct.  In the end I’m not sure it matters all that much, considering the inevitable deficit spending and debt overhang that both parties eagerly participate in, in order to secure re-election.

    But I’ve beat that drum silly here.  It’s old.  Fairly certain it’s not going to change, until it has to change.

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  24. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):
    In the end I’m not sure it matters all that much, considering the inevitable deficit spending and debt overhang that both parties eagerly participate in, in order to secure re-election.

    Babylon Bee is with you on that: Voters Send Strong Message To Career Politicians By Voting For Slightly Different Career Politicians

     

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  25. The Scarecrow Thatcher
    The Scarecrow
    @TheScarecrow

    Mail-in ballots have long been considered too high a risk for cheating, by everyone who has ever studied the issue, by both parties. So they have never been allowed.

    Then the lockdown happened, and suddenly they were “necessary” because it was argued that it was too dangerous to go and vote in person. (Never mind that it was not too dangerous to go to Lowes, or stop in at a liquor store, or go for groceries, or anything else that every single one of the people claiming voting was too dangerous did every damn day.)

    Apparently the mask and the six-foot rule was fine for most tasks, but standing in a voting line was way too dangerous – it’s Science!

    Anyway, now that Covid hysteria is over for all practical purposes, why in the hell is mail-in voting still going on? I get that it’s obviously because the powers that be want to be able to cheat us all blind, but why are the people putting up with it? Are we really just too stupid to govern ourselves?

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  26. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    There will be big Republican leads in a few states. Voting will shut down around 2 a.m. The next day when the voting is resumed, the Democrat will suddenly pick up a huge amount of votes. Questioning any of this will be deemed election denial and being in the pocket of Putin.

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  27. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    The Scarecrow (View Comment):
    Are we really just too stupid to govern ourselves?

    You intend that as a rhetorical question, I presume?

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  28. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    @Dotorimuk

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):
    In the end I’m not sure it matters all that much, considering the inevitable deficit spending and debt overhang that both parties eagerly participate in, in order to secure re-election.

    Babylon Bee is with you on that: Voters Send Strong Message To Career Politicians By Voting For Slightly Different Career Politicians

     

    I’m just glad the Republicans will tap on the brakes a few times and slow the destruction. Maybe I’ll be in the Great Beyond by the time they decide “transitioning” children is okay.

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  29. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    They’re sending federal people to certain states? ?  This is a new one and I hope it has the opposite intentions – monitoring safety and security for all and not just some.  Hope the send extra to CA where they pay for votes.

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-monitor-polls-24-states-compliance-federal-voting-rights-laws

     

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  30. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):
    There will be big Republican leads in a few states. Voting will shut down around 2 a.m. The next day when the voting is resumed, the Democrat will suddenly pick up a huge amount of votes.

    It worked well in 2020.  Let’s hope it doesn’t work this time . . .

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