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(JSOnline)   Russia's favorite senator wants the ballots counted before election day, presumably so they know how many they need to fabricate to keep the race close   (amp.jsonline.com) divider line
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2020-09-29 3:03:42 PM  
Isn't ballot counting pre-election night a good thing? So there won't be a backlog of tallying mail-ins?
 
2020-09-29 3:21:16 PM  
Oh, blow it out your ass, Howard Ron.
 
2020-09-29 6:34:50 PM  
Yeah, I'm torn. On one hand he's right - the early ballots should be counted (but not reported) as they come in. That would end the delay in reporting results on election night. Everyone would benefit.

On the other hand, it's Ron Johnson - there's gotta be a dirty, underhanded motive here. fark Ron Johnson.
 
2020-09-29 7:09:25 PM  
You know what they say about humans and secrets, right?

Forget about counting beforehand, the reporting on it (true or false) would immediately began. I expect false stories reporting early false reports, anyway.
 
2020-09-29 9:01:55 PM  

Jojo_TheDogFacedBoy: Yeah, I'm torn. On one hand he's right - the early ballots should be counted (but not reported) as they come in. That would end the delay in reporting results on election night. Everyone would benefit.

On the other hand, it's Ron Johnson - there's gotta be a dirty, underhanded motive here. fark Ron Johnson.


The only reason why he would want early results is so they can figure out how many ballots they have to stuff to end up giving Trump a win in WI.  To Republicans, it's all about winning, even if you have to cheat to do so.
 
2020-09-29 9:03:43 PM  
Oh, long Johnson.

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2020-09-29 9:05:57 PM  

Jojo_TheDogFacedBoy: Yeah, I'm torn. On one hand he's right - the early ballots should be counted (but not reported) as they come in. That would end the delay in reporting results on election night. Everyone would benefit.

On the other hand, it's Ron Johnson - there's gotta be a dirty, underhanded motive here. fark Ron Johnson.


Ron Johnson is dumb enough to actually believe Trump is winning by virtue of shy Trump voters.
 
2020-09-29 9:22:38 PM  
I've never understood the necessity of knowing the results same night. Inauguration is two and a half months later; we dealt with it that way for how long?

Don't care how long it takes, just get it right.
 
2020-09-29 9:34:34 PM  

Jojo_TheDogFacedBoy: Yeah, I'm torn. On one hand he's right - the early ballots should be counted (but not reported) as they come in. That would end the delay in reporting results on election night. Everyone would benefit.

On the other hand, it's Ron Johnson - there's gotta be a dirty, underhanded motive here. fark Ron Johnson.


I second that.  Also, fark Ron Johnson.  For those in back, fark RON JOHNSON!
 
2020-09-29 9:44:50 PM  
Assuming all ballots could be counted on election day, it's possible to call a winner before voters in all states have had time to cast their ballots. That's a bad thing, you don't want people to think their vote doesn't matter or that some parts of the country got to decide the election without participation by all parts of the country.

Counting the ballots ahead of time feels like the same thing to me. If you are going to count all those ballots ahead of time, then someone is going to know who won before the in person voters get a chance to vote. Does anyone believe that information won't leak out? Haha, yeah right. At best all it does is set up opportunities for more disinformation. There will be a lot of 'so and so already won because of all their mail in support' social media posts. There will also be 'don't bother voting, so and so already lost' posts too. In an election of such consequence, is now really the time to start fiddling with the rules? I don't think so. If it takes longer to count, then we spend more time counting and waiting for the results. The country is mostly shut down, it's not like anyone needs instant results. We all have nothing but time.
 
2020-09-29 9:50:12 PM  

JohnnyApocalypse: Isn't ballot counting pre-election night a good thing? So there won't be a backlog of tallying mail-ins?


Normally I would agree, but I'm gonna take off my MAGA hat and neck tourniquet and point out that republicans wouldn't go for it unless it was a cheating mechanism because it means more polling personnel and thus more money the states have to fork out for the same work.

Economics of scale, yo! You'd think Republicans would be all about that.
 
2020-09-29 10:58:50 PM  
Can't you at least open and verify identity prior to election day? Then you are just left to scanning.
 
2020-09-29 11:11:53 PM  

Jojo_TheDogFacedBoy: Yeah, I'm torn. On one hand he's right - the early ballots should be counted (but not reported) as they come in. That would end the delay in reporting results on election night. Everyone would benefit.

On the other hand, it's Ron Johnson - there's gotta be a dirty, underhanded motive here. fark Ron Johnson.


Yeah, seems like an odd turn.  Having a heavily democratic demographic counted on election day will hurt Trump's chances of muddying the waters post election.

I am with subby on the idea that they want to know how many votes to manufacture in Waukesha to make up the difference.  Waukesha and places like Brookfield have a long history of election shenanigans (open ballot bags without matching seals during one recount).  My guess is they need to have an idea of how many votes they need on election night.  If absentee results trickle in over the following week they may be SOL trying to put Trump over the top with shenanigans.
 
2020-09-29 11:32:30 PM  
Russia's favorite Senator?  I thought Rohrerbacher left....
 
2020-09-30 12:18:29 AM  

JohnnyApocalypse: Isn't ballot counting pre-election night a good thing? So there won't be a backlog of tallying mail-ins?


The headline is only half kidding, it's a genuine concern.
 
2020-09-30 12:32:11 AM  
I thought this was going to be about Mitch or Rand.
 
2020-09-30 2:27:15 AM  

bizzwire: Russia's favorite Senator?  I thought Rohrerbacher left....


He was never a senator.
 
2020-09-30 4:18:01 PM  

Jojo_TheDogFacedBoy: Yeah, I'm torn. On one hand he's right - the early ballots should be counted (but not reported) as they come in. That would end the delay in reporting results on election night. Everyone would benefit.

On the other hand, it's Ron Johnson - there's gotta be a dirty, underhanded motive here. fark Ron Johnson.


And on the other other hand (oh hi Zaphod!) I've heard that several states have laws on the books prohibiting the counting of votes before Election Day.
 
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