January 21, 2021

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WITT: Useful classes uncovered from 2020 election – Winchester Sunshine

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he whole region waited four days earlier Election Working day to find out who had been elected to the workplace of president. At minimum that was the conclusion at the time even nevertheless last vote counts in a number of states had not been accomplished.

It should really be mentioned that for nearly each individual other congressional, condition and neighborhood race happening at the similar time a remaining outcome was declared almost ahead of Election Working day had ended.

Why? Due to the fact of that two-and-a-fifty percent century-old anachronism termed the Electoral College.

There is no level in elaborating of the whys and wherefores of this minimal-recognized and wholly irrational program. Suffice to say that it was established because of a standard wariness of the ability and honesty of the standard citizens (which, at the time, had been all adult males of assets).

There has barely been a calendar year as a result of the 20th and 21st hundreds of years when the procedure has not been challenged, with quite a few attempts to possibly alter or eliminate it through a Constitutional Amendment.

5 men have ascended to the presidency through the Electoral School with no successful the common vote: John Quincy Adams, Rutherford Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, these very last two in the 21st century.

A single may well consider that by this time the program would have been set so that this would not happen.

The founders possibly by no means believed that the process would run in a way that would not be indicative of the popular sentiment, but then they could not foresee a state with 50 separate states, every of which experienced the electrical power to establish how its electoral votes would be counted and assessed.

Forty-eight of those people states allocate all their electoral votes to the presidential applicant who wins that state’s well known vote. Only Maine and Nebraska apportion their electoral votes in proportion to the preferred vote.

The place of all this is that if the result of the presidential election experienced been dependent only on the winner acquiring a easy bulk of the well known vote, a winner could have been accurately introduced as shortly as the margin of votes exceeded the amount of votes still to be counted, and, in this circumstance, Biden had reached a plurality of much more than 4 million votes numerous times ahead of when that amount of votes remained to be tabulated.

So not only has the Electoral School revealed by itself to be antithetical to legitimate democracy, it has been the sole variable, in 2020, of the delayed announcement of a winner for this kind of a extensive period of time of time. Likely the only other presidential election having these kinds of a long time to come to a decision was in 2000 when Florida was delayed in the vote depend due to the fact defective machinery and only terminated by a Supreme Court ruling (which some nonetheless debate as remaining really lawful).

Fortunately for Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams collaborated early on to deliver the suggests to make voting here additional rational, much more honest and much more available, and authorized the counting of these votes to progress apace, which permitted the announcement of results considerably extra well timed than most other states.

And for the reason that of the performance and devotion of County Clerk Michelle Turner and her team, voters in Clark County ended up furnished with a lot of means of casting their vote, which simplified the approach considerably.

Voting in this place is even now a mish-mash of programs but potentially some important lessons have been discovered this year and Kentucky has set a great illustration which could be followed.

Chuck Witt is a retired architect and a lifelong resident of Winchester. He can be achieved at [email protected]