From: United Federation of Planets
Agree on the buffoon, but in this day and age we should have a better way of getting all the counting done a lot faster and more accurately than we are.
Nothing unusual about vote count in Arizona dragging on
Every election, it takes weeks for Arizona to count its ballots. But as the Democrat in the tight U.S. Senate race there jumped into the lead in the latest results some Republicans have raised baseless allegations of fraud.
The most prominent is President Donald Trump. On Friday morning he suggested there was something sinister about "Democrats" adding to their tallies. "Now in Arizona, all of a sudden, out of the wilderness, they find a lot of votes."
There is no evidence of anything unusual going on in the Arizona vote-counting - and no elected Republican officials in the state have cried foul. It's plausible that the Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's opponent, Republican Rep. Martha McSally, could jump back into the lead in coming days. That wouldn't be suspicious, either. Here's why:
Blame the fact that Arizonans like to vote early, by mail. That sounds like a contradiction, but a mailed-in ballot requires more work for Arizona elections officials.
That's because state law requires the envelope to be sealed and signed, and for elections officials to match each signature to the one on file with the voter's registration before even opening the envelope. In this election, that's about 1.7 million individual signatures that had to be confirmed, one-by-one. A total of about 2.3 million votes were cast in Arizona.
The problem comes in the final days when the ballots flood election offices. Voters can also drop off sealed mail ballots on Election Day, adding to the pile. Those ballots can't be counted that day because the elections office is busy setting up and administering in-person voting.
The state's Republican secretary of state, Michelle Reagan, added another reason: election security. To ensure against voter fraud, mail ballots dropped off Election Day - which totaled 320,000 - are double-checked with votes cast at the polls to confirm no one voted twice.
"Arizona takes elections seriously - from the poll workers to the county elections officials, and the Secretary of State's office," Reagan said in a statement Friday. "Everybody is working diligently to tabulate all of the election results in a manner that Arizonans can be proud of and, most importantly, trust the results."
It normally takes more than a week to count all the ballots in Arizona.
The article goes on to talk about an antiquated computer system, so I will give you that. But it's more important to get it right. Like the article says, this is nothing new in Arizona. This just happens to be a close race that couldn't be "called" because of early returns and exit polling.
I'm sure the only reason there is rampant fraud is because his Orangeness is not seeing his preferred candidates win.
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