Friday, 4 Dec 2020

Opinion | Counting the Votes: Be Patient!

To the Editor:

I hope that if there is any controversy about counting the votes after Nov. 3, all the Supreme Court justices remember that it took months to decide on who would be the president of the United States in its early years. And nobody complained! In fact, throughout much of our history, votes were counted well after voting was over.

The only requirement written into the Constitution about presidential elections is that state electors “shall meet and give their votes on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December” — this year on Dec. 14! So there is nothing in federal law or in the Constitution that prohibits counting votes after the day of the election, as long as the Electoral College votes from each state are completed by Dec. 14.

Elliott Seif

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