DUMBASS MOVES and LIES 10/28



The Fantasy T-RUMP Wants You To Believe ( A LIE )
Despite what the President keeps repeating, the election is not over at midnight on November 3. If you’ve read much of this website our warnings, contra Trump, not to prejudge the results. 

Counting the votes could (likely will!) take a while. That's a fact. Which is why Twitter marked Trump's tweet Tuesday that results must be known on election night as misleading. We “  Just know final total November 3rd,” he wrote in the post, which also made wild allegations about mail-in ballots. 

That’s fantasy,  well recall it bullsh*t  not a fact. He wants you to think that because Democrats are more inclined to vote by mail this year. That's a fact borne out in early voting data. Those mail-in votes might not be counted at all in some places until the day AFTER Election Day. Here's the full breakdown on when states can start processing ballots.

Late start in a key state. Counties in Pennsylvania, which is shaping up to be the most contested battleground in the closing days of the election, can’t start processing mail-in ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day. 

But they aren't required to start processing those ballots until three days after Election Day. Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, is encouraging counties to process ballots ASAP on Election Day. Separately, T-RUMP threatened Wolf that he’d withhold relief funding from Pennsylvania the next time the state needs it.  


Which Is Bonkers And T-Rump Should Be Tried On That Threat…
But some counties may wait. An official in Erie County, which has been heavily contested by the candidates this year, told CNN's Kelly Mena the county would turn to mail-in ballots late at night, after day-of results had been processed. Cumberland County, which supported T-RUMP in 2016, is one of the ones that have previously transmitted they won't process mail-in votes on Election Day.

 In this year's primary, it took the county three days to process mail-in votes. If this thing is close, that means everyone will be waiting on those results.  Wisconsin is another battleground state that could help decide the election, and also one of four that do not allow processing before Election Day. 

Hopefully Wisconsin which hotel too many T-RUMP rallies has people healthy enough to vote as numbers out west are going off the charts.

Efforts to bring Pennsylvania in line with the majority of US states and allow election officials to process the expected crush of mail-in ballots earlier than November 3 have been rejected by the Republican-controlled state House.

Republicans at the national level, in other words, have teed up this fantasy that the results must be known while their fellow party members have blocked, at the state level in battlegrounds, tweaks to election law that would make counting votes easier and faster.

 

Kavanaugh thinks results are 'flipped' by counting votes

Now Trump is getting some comfort from the Supreme Court, where Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who along with fellow Justices John Roberts and Amy Coney Barrett, worked with the Bush campaign in 2000 to squash a Florida recount, transmitted Monday night that he's not going to help hold the doors open to get votes counted. 

In the footnote to an opinion in which he and the majority rejected attempts to allow mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day to be received in the days after, Kavanaugh sounded a heck of a lot like Trump, as CNN's Ariane de Vogue wrote:

States that require mail-in ballots to be returned by the Election Day, Kavanaugh wrote in his concurring opinion, “ Want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after Election Day and potentially flip the results of an election." 

Our ancient sages once said and this pertains to Kavanaugh, “Once a Pr*ck, always a Pr*ck”. They did no’t like him at his nomination and we still don’t like that two-faced bastard.

Kavanaugh shows his hand here with the phrase "flip the results of an election."  Anyone interested in democracy (or a basic reading of US election law) would realize the results aren't known until the votes are counted.  Kavanaugh sounds every bit the GOP lawyer he once was when he argues it's the timeline, not the votes, that should determine a winner. It's exactly what he did for George W. Bush 20 years ago.  
States, under the Constitution -- as Brett Kavanaugh, originalist -- should know, run their own elections. They have more than a month to count ballots and settle disputes under federal law. 


Ballot Delivery

As we enter the last mail-in voting stretch, a federal judge has ordered the US Postal Service to ensure ballots are delivered quickly ahead of voting deadlines by allowing extra and late delivery trips. Meanwhile, President Trump tried to appeal to women voters during a campaign rally in Lansing, Michigan, last night. He also attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and appeared to both downplay and take credit for thwarting the recent plot to kidnap her. The Trump campaign also suffered an attack of its own when its campaign website was briefly defaced in an apparent hack. In Georgia, Joe Biden gave a closing argument at the home where FDR healed from polio, saying the "soul of the nation" is at stake in this election. 

Economy
The US economy has rebounded over the last few months, but experts worry the recovery is losing steam. To add to the uncertainty, the ongoing stimulus scuffle in Washington could lead to further pain in struggling sectors like the travel industry and among small businesses if aid isn’t issued soon. A CNN analysis shows hotel occupancy is 29% below pre-crisis levels, and OpenTable reservations are down 56% from before the pandemic. If the 2009 recession is any measure, it could take the airline industry five years to recover from the economic toll of the pandemic. Eased coronavirus restrictions have boosted oil demand, and oil companies like BP have seen slim profits. But with Covid-19 cases on the rise again, the oil sector’s slow recovery could reverse course at any minute.


Pennsylvania: The state’s highest court has ruled that election officials should count mailed ballots that arrive up to three days after Election Day. Pennsylvania Republicans are trying to get the Supreme Court to reverse the order, so that only ballots received by Election Day will count.

North Carolina: Republicans and the Trump campaign have asked the Supreme Court to block the state’s board of elections from extending the deadline to receive mail ballots. The board has said ballots can arrive until Nov. 12, as long as they were mailed by Election Day.

Wisconsin: The five Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court sided on Monday with Republican officials in Wisconsin, ruling that ballots must arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day to count. (A lower-court ruling would have allowed state officials to count any mailed ballots postmarked by Election Day and received up to six days later.) In response, the state’s Democratic Party is urging voters to return mail ballots in person — to a drop box or clerk’s office — rather than mailing them.

Nevada: The Trump campaign has sued to stop the counting of absentee ballots in the Las Vegas area, evidently hoping to challenge the signatures on many ballots. Last night, the campaign and Nevada Republican Party filed a separate lawsuit, seeking detailed information on the vote-counting process.

Texas: The state’s top court yesterday upheld a policy announced by Greg Abbott, the Republican governor, which limits each county to a single drop-off box for mailed ballots. The state’s largest county — Harris, which includes Houston — is home to 4.7 million people.

Michigan: A conservative judge yesterday overturned an order by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, and ruled that people could carry unconcealed guns at polling places on Election Day.

In many of these cases, Republicans have argued that changing voting rules because of the pandemic could lead to fraud (a claim that’s largely baseless) and that allowing ballots to be counted after Election Day leads to confusion and chaos.

Democrats have argued that protecting people’s right to vote, during a national crisis, should be top priority. Democrats have also pointed out that some Republicans have changed their position on the counting of mailed ballots: When late-arriving ballots seemed likely to help George W. Bush in Florida in 2000, Republicans argued that the state should count them.

For more: Factcheck.org catalogs the false statements that President Trump made yesterday about voting. In Lawfare, Zahavah Levine explains the flurry of recent lawsuits. In The Washington Post, the election-law expert Richard Hasen analyzes the Supreme Court’s recent rulings. 

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