Hypothetical story here, to illustrate an aspect of “count every vote” that seems to have been edited out of most media coverage.
Imagine Billy Bob and Joe Don pulling up to the Broward County election headquarters in an 18-wheeler emblazoned with “MAGA” and a grinning picture of Trump on both sides. Wearing MAGA hats, of course. Blasting the air horn as they traverse the final block. Crowd gathers, and they jump down to tell their story. “Howdy, ya’ll! We done found this here truck parked at the regional airport just down the road from our ranch in west Texas. We done looked inside and found a million provisional ballots from Broward County, all marked for Rick Scott. Being civic-minded and neighborly folks and all, we figured it was our duty to drive this here truck over to Broward County so that there Ms. Snipes could count every vote. You’re welcome!”
Would they receive the grateful thanks of the “count every vote” crowd? Or might there be a wee bit of concern expressed about the sudden appearance from a west Texas regional airport parking lot of a million provisional ballots from Broward County? Delivered in a MAGA truck by guys wearing MAGA hats? All the ballots marked for Scott?
Might there be a wee bit of concern about the legality of such ballots? Methinks there might be just a wee bit of concern about legality in such circumstances. Just a tad. Maybe. Could be.
And that’s what is missing from the media coverage: concern over the legality of the votes being counted. If a truckload of a million provisional ballots from a Texas airport that weren’t reported as being received by the closing of the polls wouldn’t be accepted for the Broward County vote count, then why the hell should 83,000 ballots from a Florida airport that weren’t reported as being received by the closing of the polls be included?
Shouldn’t the rule be to count every vote according to law? That would certainly be applied to the MAGA truckload from Texas, wouldn’t it?
I see a similarity between voting and paying taxes. Both are a two-step process. If your employer withholds taxes from your paycheck, but doesn’t send the cash on to the IRS with a proper report … then you don’t get credit for paying taxes. You have a claim against your employer, but you don’t get credit for paying taxes because the IRS did not receive payment, nor a report attributing the taxes to your account.
Similarly, if you mark a ballot in Broward County but the Elections Supervisor doesn’t send a proper report to the FL Secretary of State, then you don’t get credit for voting. You have a claim against the Elections Supervisor and the County Commissioners, but you don’t get credit for voting. Your tax payments only get counted if your employer obeys the law in sending the cash and report to the IRS. And your vote only gets counted if your county officials obey the law in uploading the vote tally and sending the report to the FL Secretary of State.
It’s not a difficult concept. Where is the media’s (and Democrats’) concern for counting every vote according to law? That concern would certainly be in evidence if the MAGA truck from Texas showed up with a million provisional ballots marked for Scott, wouldn’t it?
ERpundit – 11/13/18