You just have to ask. More than that, you want an answer that is more than the double talk that spills off the lips of officials like syrup from a bottle.
The question is: “Why does it take days or even weeks to calculate the elected winner of a public election?”
It’s not just national elections, it’s a fact in many states, counties and cities and where we live.
Last time I checked, America is a country that does many things well. You know what I mean. We send astronauts to the moon and back, we build planes that fly at thousands of miles per hour, we have apps on our phones that can direct us to the nearest supermarket and tell us whether it has Diet Coke on sale.
However, when it comes to counting ballots at election time it’s like America is suddenly transformed into a fourth-world country, struggling to come up with an accurate tally.
This my friends is a problem. If the Registrar of Voters ever wanted to create doubt and suspicion, delaying the results for days and weeks ranks right up there as a number one method.
Keep in mind that we have elections every two years and we have been doing this for centuries. There is nothing new here except excuses and those are getting old.
If you were appointed as the Registrar of Voters, and you had to produce accurate results every two years, you would probably want to know what successful methods were in use. For example, Florida counted all of their seven million votes, tabulated the results and had totals available the same night.
Maybe, just maybe, it would make sense to adopt their methods.
Ahh, but that would eliminate excuses and require action.
In this rocket-paced society, the IRS can find the balance you owe them in less than a minute. Yet we have to wait 10 days to find out who won an election?
This is a scourge on our election process. It is unfit, unfair and unjust.
There were even states and cities that took weeks before they declared some election winners. This is nonsense, irresponsible and smacks of corruption.
“Avoid the appearance of all evil” is still a great axiom, especially in government.
Timely reporting is available, doable and demanded.
Enough of the excuses, delays and rhetoric. America has the methods and technology for prompt and accurate reporting.
Just do it!