From Chad to Worse

From masks to the stimulus plan to the convention, this was a week of reversals from a president who rarely makes them. Of course, they are a reaction to the “fake polls” he keeps talking about. But voter sentiments won’t determine the outcome of the 2020 election. Actual votes will. And there are many signs that casting and counting votes could be a big problem. In the year 2000, we had the hanging chad election, after which it took weeks to determine an outcome. You really think anything about 2020 is going to be less crazy than any other year in our lifetimes? Garrett Graff in Politico Magazine: 8 Big Reasons Election Day 2020 Could Be a Disaster. “Conversations with election specialists and security officials, plus analysis of recent government reports, make clear that there are eight distinct but connected challenges. At the technical end are the uncertain new voting technologies and processes put in place for the pandemic; on the geopolitical end, we face foreign adversaries energized by their success sowing confusion in 2016. And at the center is the unprecedented human factor: The dislocations and risks associated with voting in an uncontrolled viral outbreak. Add to that a year that has already seen unprecedented street protests and vivid displays of political violence, and an incumbent president who has already been impeached for attempting dirty tricks in this election, and who is uniquely likely to cast doubt on the results if he loses, and you have a combustible recipe.” (And a pyromaniac in the White House.)

+ Voting by mail could be a big factor in November. The president is fully aware of that. NBC News: Trump’s new postmaster general could corrupt a key institution ahead of Election Day.

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