WASHINGTON – Americans in the 21st century are not always the most patient people – and the long-awaited nail of the 2020 election is certainly no exception. Accurate counting of votes for the entire nation in elections whose jurisdiction is divided state by state, can be a cumbersome process.
Julie Pace, head of Washington’s office, explains why patience is key.
EXPECTATIONS AND REALITY
“One of the biggest things I would encourage people with today is patience,” said Pace, a longtime political and White House correspondent. “It is not expected that we will definitely call the presidential race on election night. We call it when there are voices and math tells us we can. ”
Is it unusual?
No. “It’s not a setting we’ve ever had in this country,” says Pace. Several US presidential elections – not just the most famous, George W. Bush vs. Al Gore in 2000 – did not produce immediate results, however unsatisfactory for a company that now expects immediate delivery of everything from consumer goods to television shows news.
WHAT IS UNIQUE HERE?
The number of votes cast in advance, together with the rules in some states that these votes cannot be counted towards election day, are part of what sets 2020 apart.
“This year will be different in that there will be a significant part that does not count immediately,” says Pace. “In a nearby race, the tabulation of the number of voting emails that come in will be even more important. This could be a simple reason why the number is slow. “
Regarding the results, Pace says, “We always have to be patient, wait for enough votes to come for clarity.”