Chaos before Inauguration Day

The push for mail-in voting may overload the system, making an orderly election impossible. Delays will play havoc with federal Electoral College deadlines. Entire states could be disenfranchised. WSJ August 25, 2020

Federal Law, the 20th amendment, and Supreme Court Decisions (Foster vs. Love 1997) requirements:

  1. Presidential elections must take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (November 3, 2020).
  2. The day shall be the same for all states.
  3. No ballot cast after the presidential election date is valid. (December 3, 2020)
  4. Electors must be chosen by the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December (December 14, 2020).
  5. Controversy over the electors a state has appointed must be resolved, under pre-existing state law, at least six days before the Electoral College meets. (December 8, 2020).

One of America’s greatest constitutional imperatives is the smooth and timely transition of power from one duly elected president to the next. 

No state would want its electoral votes to go uncast. As a result, there is only a very short window for mail-in-ballots to be received and counted. State actions and litigation—which are already being pursued with gusto—establishing an overlong period for counting such ballots will endanger a state’s electoral votes, impeding the Constitution and federal election statutes. 

Is your county recorder ready for the mass influx of mail-in-ballots?

  1. Postmarked by November 3, 2020
  2. Voter verified as eligible to cast the ballot
  3. A system capable of processing ballots 

There are over 25 million registered voters in California, over a million are ineligible to vote as of March 2020. (Click HERE). That means registrar employees must sift through up to 25 million ballots and discard up to a million ineligible voters. From my experience as an election inspector, it is a daunting task.

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