Friday, August 14, 2020

Three Battleground States Wouldn’t Say When We Can Expect Election Results. A Fourth Isn’t Sure

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Election officials in three battleground states wouldn’t say when the U.S. can expect the results from November’s presidential race, and an official in a fourth state said the timing is uncertain.
Numerous news reports have indicated that election results could take a week to return due to the coronavirus pandemic and an increased reliance on mail-in ballots. Accuracy and timing will be especially crucial in the battleground states that will likely determine whether President Donald Trump will serve another term or be ousted by former Vice President Joe Biden.
But in three of those states, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania, election officials didn’t respond to repeated inquiries asking how quickly after polls close on Nov. 3 the states will be able to announce the presidential winner. A Florida elections official told the Daily Caller News Foundation he would provide information, but never followed through, even after numerous reminders.
In a fourth state, Wisconsin, an election official said he didn’t know when results would be announced.
“I think at this point we’re not certain,” Reid Magney told the DCNF. “A typical Wisconsin election is over 3 million ballots, which is over 70% of the voting age population. It depends on what percentage of those voters vote absentee.”
And in Michigan and North Carolina, election officials told the DCNF they are taking steps to prepare not only for record amounts of absentee ballots, but to ensure that results would be delivered accurately and timely.
North Carolina official Pat Gannon said the state will provide results the night of the election, thanks to expansions for early voting, campaigns to recruit and train poll workers and more, the DCNF previously reported.
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In Wisconsin, the state’s election commission has allocated “several million dollars” towards personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, hand sanitizers, plexiglass barriers and more, for polling places, training poll workers, enhancing mail-in ballot security and more, Reid Magney, a spokesman for the commission, told the DCNF, though he did not provide an exact figure.
Magney said the state’s decentralized electoral process makes it “almost impossible” for electoral fraud to occur,” but added that he could not say for sure whether the precincts would be able to report their results in a timely manner.
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