A stirring statement was made by the nation’s top election official on Monday. Head of the Federal Elections Commission Ellen Weintraub warned there is a “substantial chance” the final outcome of the presidential election may not be known on election night.
She told CNN; “Let me just tell everybody, we’re all going to need to take a deep breath and be patient this year because there’s a substantial chance we are not going to know on election night what the results are.”
With more mail-in voting, Weintraub said winners of down-ticket races may not be known, either. “Probably for the presidency, but maybe for many other races that are important to people, and that’s OK. If it takes a little bit longer to count all the votes accurately, that’s what we need to do in order to ensure that everyone’s vote counts.”
The Democrat said there likely will be more mail-in voting because of covid-19, but asserted that there “absolutely” can be a fair election. “It’s been done before. It’s safe. There is no substantial risk of fraud involved in absentee voting.”
Yet President Donald Trump takes the opposite stance. “Now, because of the China virus, we’re supposed to stay home, send millions of ballots all over the country. Millions and millions,” Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO.” “You know, you could have a case where this election won’t be decided on the evening of Nov. 3. This election could be decided two months later.”
Plus he added, “Lots of things will happen during that period of time, especially when you have tight margins. Lots of things can happen. There’s never been anything like this.”
Trump then claimed, “You look at some of the corruption having to do with universal, mail-in voting. Absentee voting is OK if you have to apply, you have to go through a process. There is no way you can go through a mail-in vote without massive cheating.” We can only hope they get it right.