Skip to comments.New ID laws could delay outcome of close election
Posted on 09/26/2012 9:03:38 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
The Associated Press
The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.
Tight races for Congress, governor and local offices also could be stuck in limbo while election officials scrutinize ballots, a scenario that would surely attract legions of campaign lawyers from both parties.
"It's a possibility of a complete meltdown for the election," said Daniel Smith, a political scientist at the University of Florida.
Voters cast provisional ballots for a variety of reasons: They don't bring proper ID to the polls; they fail to update their voter registration after moving; they try to vote at the wrong precinct; or their right to vote is challenged by someone.
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Translation: If Obama isn’t winning, this is one of the many options at our disposal to fix the results.
Yeah, so what. Nobody needs to be sworn in till January.
They’re laying the groundwork for a very long and protracted election fight. I have no doubt in my mind that the long knives and legal teams will be out the day after.
Provisional ballots resulting from no ID do not count unless the voter shows up at the Board of Elections by a certain date and provides an ID. All voters who register to vote by mail or do not provide an ID when they register, must show an ID the first time they vote. (in MD and WV)
They would rather have a quick fraudulent election than an election that is less fraudulent and more legitimate.
What a load of crap! It isn’t going to be that close.
Sounds like they are setting up the cheat network.
We have a winner!! Personally, I don't care if it takes till January to figure it out, a legal, honest election is what is important.
The only reason to object to voter ID is to perpetuate voter fraud. In my state we have had voter ID for as long as I can remember and it has not caused voter disenfranchisement that I have heard of.
In times long past, if the poll workers knew you, they would let it slide, you signed the list by your name and voted. In today's litigious world, they ask for your voter ID card or drivers license, you sign the list and vote. No problem.
Isn’t confidence in the results more important than the speed of the results?
True. Swearing in for the new Congress is Jan 3rd, and for Pres/VP on Jan. 20th.
However, there is a mid-December deadline for states to certify their electoral votes. If a state does not certify their results by then, they might lose their electoral votes altogether.
That’s why the Supreme Court rushed to a decision in Dec. 2000 in the Bush election, so that Florida could certify their electoral votes.
I sure hope there’s no close election and uncertainties. Whenever there’s a close election, the Democrat always gains votes in the recount. It happened with Gore in 2000 in Florida, with Gregoire in 2004 Wash. Governor election, and 2008 Al Franken Senate election. Republicans need a solid enough margin on election night to overcome the additional votes for Democrats which are founf when recounts are done.
In NY, they don’t care pretty much.
They’d let old Adolph vote if they thought it would give them an advantage.