Beyond the Cusp

November 15, 2020

Election Voting 2020 and Beyond

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 4:01 AM

Election 2020 has collected all votes and in chosen states there are going to be recounts, canvassing and audits. So, what are the differences between these different terms. The recount is the easiest to define once, whether or not it will include canvassing the ballots ahead of the recount. A straight recount should produce results extremely close to the original counts as all that is performed is recounting the same ballots. Canvassing involves differing levels of ballot proofing such as checking the signature against the rolls, checking the name and address against the rolls and may include other forms of ballot verifications and a means of removing those ballots which do not meet the state standards. The most invasive form of election check is the audit. The strictest audit assigns an observer from each camp teamed with a ballot counting worker where only the ballots approved by all three are passed for counting and the rest either discarded or set aside for further review. Trump supporters would be best served to call for audits, or minimally canvassing, but not mere recounts. The odds are that nothing will result in changing the election results for President and Vice President.

Recent elections, especially the 2000, 2016 and 2020 elections and their contested results are glaring proof that some limits need be put in place as guidelines for a solid foundation from which the individual states can work. As examples, please accept a few which we imagined. First and foremost, all votes must be received by election day but no sooner than a set number, say six to ten, weeks ahead of election day. Further, absentee ballots must be requested in person or in writing. Absentee ballots must be returned in person or legally witnessed such that a picture identification can be included with their ballot and their name on the rolls adjusted to show they had voted early. These and other ideas all aimed at ensuring the total of the votes is a valid representation of the votes cast. Voting in the United States should be secure, accurate and have the full trust and faith of the American people, or at least the ones who did vote.

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