There is a really bland reply to the query about why we don’t know who received the US election — the US system shouldn’t be designed to declare a winner on election day. Although it has grow to be an expectation in current historical past, there isn’t a such authorized requirement.
But there’s a extra sophisticated reply to the scenario as a result of the truth is a lot extra totally different this time—a file variety of Americans, greater than 100 million, have solid their ballots by mail earlier than the day of the election due to the pandemic. In 2016, 47 million Americans had solid ballots earlier than election day.
President Donald Trump pumps his fist after talking within the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and first girl Melania Trump watch. (AP/PTI)
Even although President Trump and his aides have repeatedly pressured information organisations to declare a winner on the evening of the election day (information orgnanisation sometimes mission a winner since America doesn’t have an election fee), that job is sort of unattainable as a result of battleground states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin don’t permit officers to course of (to bodily open envelopes and tally them towards voters registration recordsdata) and rely mail-in ballots till election day.
As of Wednesday morning (Tuesday midnight within the US), for instance, greater than 2 million mail-in ballots had been left to be counted in Pennsylvania. In Michigan, ballot staff can start processing ballots a day prematurely, however they will’t be tabulated till the day of the election. Because every of those states are swing states, Republican legislators in every of those states have additionally not allowed the ballots to be processed weeks prematurely as a result of mail-in votes often give an edge to the Democrats.
Joe Biden speaks to supporters early Wednesday. (Photo: AP/PTI)
Since information organisation haven’t been in a position to mission a winner mathematically, each presidential candidates tried to claim management over the scenario. In a speech in Delaware on early Wednesday morning (US time), Biden mentioned he was “feeling good about where we are.” He sounded optimistic about successful a few of the key battleground states, although he mentioned it was not his or Trump’s place to declare who received the election.
Within minutes of the speech, President Trump falsely tweeted that “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”
We are up BIG, however they’re attempting to STEAL the Election. We won’t ever allow them to do it. Votes can’t be solid after the Polls are closed!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
Twitter flagged the tweet as deceptive for the reason that president tried to assert victory prematurely. But this wasn’t new. Trump and his aides have repeatedly tried to sow doubts about mail-in voting for days main as much as the election. In one press briefing in September, Trump even mentioned “we’ll see what happens,” when he was requested whether or not he would decide to a peaceable transition of energy if he misplaced. He has referred to as mail-in ballots (a whole lot of states expanded their mail-in/absentee poll legal guidelines due to the pandemic) a “disaster” and has repeatedly cited widespread fraudulence with out proof (proof factors on the contrary).
Even although polls have closed, a number of states permit the counting of votes which were postmarked by election day however arrive after that. This is why American political pundits had lengthy warned individuals a few “red mirage” and a “blue mirage” that are impressions that would falsely give the nation hope that both a Republican or Democrat is main earlier than all of the votes have been counted.