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Douglas Andrews / November 8, 2022

It’s Election DAY, Not Election Season

The extension of our elections from a single day to a multi-week event only erodes our confidence in the system.

It’s Election Day. Finally. This Election Season stuff is for the birds.

It’s also for the cheaters, the ballot-stuffers, the nursing home predators, and the Philly bosses who always turn their votes in last on election night, just waiting for word on how many votes they need to deliver for the statewide or national Democrat candidate. Former MSNBC political analyst Chris Matthews, himself a Philly Democrat, used to laugh about this very thing on Election Night.

Yep, election fraud is a real hoot.

This new Election Season arrangement has also baked an expected Democrat advantage into every election. Pennsylvania Democrat Senate candidate John Fetterman explains: “Because Pennsylvania is one of the only states that reports Election Day totals first before ballots cast by mail, and because more populated counties around Philadelphia can take longer to report, we should expect one of the most dramatic shifts in the country from initial GOP support in early results to stronger Democratic gains as more votes are processed.”

See how that works? Even if a Republican candidate is holding a decent lead over his Democrat challenger on Election Night, we shouldn’t necessarily expect that lead to hold up. How poisonous is that when we’re talking about free and fair elections?

Unfortunately, it’s not just Fetterman who’s sowing doubt by setting these expectations of late-night and early-morning Democrat heroics. Taking a brief break from smearing the “MAGA Republicans,” those 74 million threats to our democracy who voted for Donald Trump in 2020, Joe Biden got into the expectation-setting act last week, warning the American people thusly:

“We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America,” Biden said. “And we know that many states don’t start counting those ballots till after the polls close on November 8. That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days — until a few days after the election. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. It’s always been important for citizens in the democracy to be informed and engaged. Now it’s important for a citizen to be patient as well. That’s how this is supposed to work.”

No, Joe, that’s not how it’s supposed to work. Election Day isn’t supposed to be Election Season.

As if on cue, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre carefully read from her prepared notes and reiterated Biden’s time-buying election tactic: “I also just want to note — as you all know because you guys have covered this these past couple of years in 2022 — it took two weeks to call every state,” she warned. “In modern elections, more and more ballots are being cast in early voting and also by mail. And many states don’t start counting those ballots until after the polls close on November 8.”

Even Twitter is propagandizing on behalf of the Democrats. “It takes time to count all of the votes,” Twitter’s welcome message told users in big, bold letters when they logged on recently. “It’s expected to take multiple days to count the votes, so the projected winners of some elections might not be announced yet,” it continued. “This means you could encounter unconfirmed claims that a candidate has won their race.”

Why can’t we count our votes in a timely manner like Florida does and like the rest of the world does?

Of course, our newly extended election events are also catnip for the conspiracy theorists — those who now have yet another reason to sow doubt about the integrity of an election. Think about it: The more avenues there are for casting a vote, the more opportunities there are for casting doubt on an electoral outcome.

It’s the voting machines! It’s the coding! It’s the see-through mail-in ballots! It’s the overwhelmingly Democratic Postal Service! It’s those suitcases we see being hauled into the vote-counting area after hours! It’s the big-city Democrat vote counters who won’t let Republican observers anywhere near where the votes are being counted!

But besides ballot integrity, there’s another reason why voting should be reserved for Election Day, and we were treated to it on October 25 in Pennsylvania, when John Fetterman and his Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz, took the stage for their lone debate of the electoral season. Unfortunately, thanks to early voting, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians had already cast their votes before being able to witness the disastrous debate performance of the stroke-addled Fetterman.

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. How many among that massive group of early voters would’ve reconsidered their vote had they seen Fetterman’s deeply disqualifying performance? One in 10? One in a hundred? In an election this close, that’s often all it takes to swing things.

It wasn’t long ago when we knew the result of elections on the evening of the election itself.

Those were the days. And they might one day return, if we finally come to realize that our once-simple voting system is no longer reliable and that it’s been corrupted by the unnecessary extension of Election Day into Election Season.

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