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Neither forgive nor forget the voter suppressors, no matter how furiously they try to scrub away....

Neither forgive nor forget the voter suppressors, no matter how furiously they try to scrub away the Trump stink
By Jeffrey C. Billman @jeffreybillman

(Detroit Metro Times) If I had to guess, this shitshow of an election will probably conclude in a rather predictable fashion. After all, if you ignore the day-to-day palpitations and take a long view, the contest looks remarkably steady.

Donald Trump started behind. He remained behind all year. Nothing changed. Headed into the campaign’s final weekend, he was down nine. So if on Tuesday night — or given the deluge of absentee ballots, Wednesday or Thursday or Friday — the networks declare Joe Biden the winner with a 52–46 margin and a little over 320 electoral votes, we’ll nod and go, “That makes sense.”

As we learned four years ago, polling errors happen. One of this magnitude would be unprecedented. But this is an unprecedented election: the first held during a pandemic. The first in which a majority of votes will be cast before Election Day. And, most important, the first in which the president has made clear his intention to challenge legal votes in the hope that judges he appointed will declare him the winner.

“We’ll see what happens at the end of [Election Day],” Trump said Thursday. “Hopefully, it won’t go longer than that. Hopefully, the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after Nov. 3 to count ballots, that won’t be allowed by the various courts.”

No law requires ballots to be counted, or winners declared, on Election Day. In fact, many states wait more than a month before certifying their results. The only thing different this year is that lots of people voted by mail, which means lots of ballots will get counted after Election Day. Since Democrats used absentee ballots far more than Republicans, what looks like a swing-state win for Trump on Tuesday could turn into a decisive Biden victory by Friday — the so-called blue shift. ...........(more)


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