This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. If you are deeply concerned about what is going to happen in November, you are definitely not alone. Experts on both sides of the political spectrum have been warning that it is very likely that we will not know the winner of the presidential election until well after November 3rd, and everyone pretty much agrees that the period of uncertainly that we will be forced to endure will not be good for our nation. Those of us that are old enough clearly remember the pain that the election of 2000 caused. The outcome hinged on the results from the state of Florida, and the endless recounts were finally brought to a conclusion after 36 very stressful days with George W. Bush up by just 537 votes. Unfortunately, some are saying that we are potentially facing “the 2000 election on steroids” because vote counting will be going on in multiple swing states long after election night is over. The big reason why this election is going to be so different from previous elections is because so many Americans are going to be voting by mail. According to one recent survey, a whopping 37 percent of all voters plan to cast their votes by mail this time around… Thirty-seven percent of registered voters said they are likely to vote by mail in the November election, by receiving a mailed ballot and either mailing it back or returning it in person, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape project. Other estimates put the number as high as 40 percent, and it could go even higher than that because some states are promoting mail-in voting extremely aggressively. In fact, as I detailed yesterday, one of my readers told me that he and his wife “have received three requests each for mail-in ballots” over the past five weeks. We are also being told that Democrats are far more likely to vote by mail than Republicans are. According to the same survey that I quoted above, supporters of Biden are more than twice as likely to vote by mail than Trump supporters are… Among them, 48% of voters who plan to vote for Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden said they are likely to vote by mail, according to the survey. That’s more than twice the 23% of voters backing President Donald Trump who said they are likely to vote by mail. It takes a lot of time to open and count ballots that have been mailed in. If that work could be done in advance, that wouldn’t be that much of a problem. Unfortunately, there are 14 states where it is prohibited by law to count mail-in ballots before Election Day, and that includes some of our most important swing states… Tens of millions of Americans will try to vote by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But officials in 14 states are prohibited from processing mail-in ballots until Election Day; counting them could take days or weeks. Those states include Pennsylvania and Michigan, battlegrounds that could decide the election. It should deeply alarm all of us to hear that it “could take days or weeks” for some of these states to finally count every single ballot. And that is just the first count. I am not even talking about any potential recounts. At this point, many Democrats are warning of a possible “red mirage” on the night of the election. Many of them believe that it will look like President Trump is winning on election night, but that Joe Biden will ultimately win once all of the mail-in votes are finally counted. As evidence, they point to the fact that there has been a “blue shift” in all national elections going back to 2004… Since 2004, mail-in ballots have been disproportionately Democratic, a phenomenon known as the “blue shift.” So, barring a landslide, we could see a “red mirage” on Nov. 3, an election-night count of in-person votes that suggests that Trump has won — even though millions of votes for Biden are waiting to be tabulated. Personally, I do believe that it is very likely that President Trump will be leading on the night of the election, but what is really going to matter is what happens during the days that follow. If a Trump lead evaporates and Biden is eventually declared the winner, there will be widespread allegations that the election was stolen, and that could cause tremendous explosions of anger. And the big tech companies are already preparing for post-election chaos. In fact, Facebook has openly announced that they will purposely “restrict the circulation of content” in order to try to control civil unrest… Facebook announced this week that it may restrict certain aspects of its platform following November’s general election as part of a larger effort to limit social unrest. A spokesperson for Facebook suggested that executives including Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg may censor specific information if they believe it is likely to heighten political tensions following the election. According to a report by the Financial Times, Facebook announced this week that it will “restrict the circulation of content” following November’s election to curb violence and social unrest. The announcement follows efforts by Facebook to address concerns from those who have alleged that the platform aids in voter suppression and promotes election-misinformation. What is this country going to look like if it takes weeks or even months to officially declare a winner? No matter who ends up winning, I believe that the process is so flawed that it is going to tear the country apart. And no matter what the final result is, a large percentage of the population will never accept the outcome as being legitimate. This is already one of the most difficult chapters in U.S. history, and a bitterly contested election result will only make things even worse. At this point, even the mainstream media is admitting that we are heading into “wild” times. The following comes from CNN… Ask anyone about the next six weeks and they will likely give you some version of this as a response: Whoa boy. It is going to be wild. Which it is! The last 42 days of a presidential election are always filled with unpredictable storylines, big moments and, more than anything, uncertainty. Just about the only way that we can avoid the type of scenario that I have described is if there is an overwhelming landslide on election night. Wouldn’t that be nice if that actually happened? It would be wonderful if one of the candidates conceded on November 3rd or November 4th and we could avoid weeks or even months of endless national strife, but I don’t think that is going to happen. Instead, I believe that both sides are going to fight to the bitter end, and the end will definitely be very bitter indeed. ***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*** About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com. By purchasing the book you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe. 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Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here While Georgia has been a reliably red state since 1996, its 16 electoral votes make it a prize the Democrats would dearly love to turn blue. In terms of how residents of the state have voted in federal elections, though, it is hard to discern a Republican to Democrat trend. Georgians have not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992, they have not elected a Democratic governor since 1998, and they haven’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 2000. Republicans also command majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. From 2002, the state had 13 congressional districts; either five or six of those were represented by Republicans over the period of a decade. Georgia gained a 14th district in 2012 and had six Democratic representatives. Currently, the state has four Democratic and nine Republican seats in the U.S. House, with one vacancy. In 2016, President Donald Trump carried the state by a margin of almost six percentage points. Whether he or his Democrat challenger will carry Georgia in November is not an easy prediction, if one believes the polls. As of Sept. 22, the Real Clear Politics average of polls gives Trump a one-point lead over Joe Biden, and the latter’s campaign is targeting the state with a major ad buy. Senate Races David Perdue One of Georgia’s two Republican senators, David Perdue, is up for re-election in November, in line with the regular congressional schedule. However, Sen. Kelly Loeffler was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the Senate seat vacated by the retiring Johnny Isakson in 2019. That means Loeffler will also be fighting for her seat in a special election. Perdue’s challenger is Democrat Jon Ossoff, who became famous for losing the most expensive congressional race in history in a 2017 special election. Perdue currently leads Ossoff in almost every poll by a margin of between two and seven points. Loeffler faces a far less straightforward race. In what is generally known as a “jungle primary,” multiple candidates from the same party will challenge the appointed incumbent. In all, 21 candidates qualified to contest Loeffler’s seat, including five other Republicans, eight Democrats, and five Independents, along with one Libertarian and one Green Party candidate. Among the challengers are Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), who currently represents the state’s 9th district, and former Senator Joe Lieberman’s son, Matt, a Democrat. House Races Georgia’s 5th congressional district, formerly represented by John Lewis (D), will be contested in a Sept. 29 special election – and is a safe Democrat seat. The 6th and 7th districts, currently represented by Democrat Lucy McBath and Republican Rob Woodall, respectively, are the only Georgia districts considered less than safe for the party now controlling them. If Georgia were to turn blue, future Republican presidential candidates would find that winning the Electoral College becomes a lot more challenging. It is why Democrats have been working hard, for several years, to swing the state in their favor – along with Texas and North Carolina. The trends mentioned earlier, though, do not indicate a significant red-to-blue switch among the state’s electorate. Like many other states, Georgia is mostly red or deep red everywhere outside the larger metropolitan areas. ~ Read more from Graham J. Noble.
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here A recent survey reveals some alarming attitudes among Americans regarding the 2020 election. As Election Day draws closer, the race has become increasingly heated. The recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has only intensified the campaign and raised the stakes even further. But the likelihood of a contested election and the rhetoric coming from both sides seem to have cast doubt on the integrity of the electoral process. The question is, will this affect future elections, or is 2020 an anomaly? Majority of Americans Believe Election Will Not Be Fair A recent Yahoo News/YouGov survey showed that a small percentage of Americans think that the 2020 election will be “free and fair.” The poll, taken Sept. 15-17, revealed that Americans of all political persuasions doubt the integrity of the upcoming election. The survey noted: “Half of Trump supporters (50 percent) say the election will not be free and fair; more than a third of Biden supporters (37 percent) agree. Overall, the number of Americans who say the election will not be free and fair (46 percent) is more than twice the number who say the opposite. Another third (32 percent) say they’re not sure what to expect.” Even worse, a majority of Americans believe that the presidential election could be rigged. When asked: “Election-security experts say a U.S. presidential election cannot be rigged. Do you believe them?” a whopping 57% answered “no.” Additionally, 60% of respondents think that “at least some fraud will occur.” If the results of the poll are any indication, Americans seem to have lost faith in the electoral process, at least during this season. But are their fears about fairness warranted? Will the Election Be Rigged? American opinions on the integrity of the electoral process seem to contradict the experts’ views on the matter. Michael Adams, a law adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, expressed doubts about the possibility of a rigged election. “You’re not going to see widespread fraud in a presidential or a Senate or a governor’s race,” he argued. “It’s just not feasible. And it hasn’t been [feasible] in 70 or 80 years.” Other experts have echoed Adams’ remarks. Edward Foley, an election law expert at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, told Morning Edition that it is nearly impossible to rig a presidential election. “I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that we’re going to have a rigged election because of the fact that our system is so decentralized,” he explained. But despite widespread agreement among the experts, the public remains doubtful. While there could be several factors that contribute to this skepticism, it is not difficult to see that politicians and corporate media outlets might deserve the lion’s share of the blame. Individuals on both sides have pre-emptively accused their opposition of cheating. In fact, it seems inevitable that the nation will experience a contested election in 2020. If Trump loses, the right will likely blame voter fraud related to mail-in ballots. On the other hand, if former Vice President Joe Biden loses, the left will point to voter suppression, specifically of minorities. These factors, combined with the fact that foreign powers are actively attempting to meddle in the election, could explain why people might not trust the results. Both China and Russia are looking to promote Biden and Trump, respectively. What About Future Elections? If and when the 2020 election is contested, it will ignite yet another political conflagration. The losing side’s allegations of cheating will warrant close scrutiny; even if they are proven false, those on the losing side will still cry foul. This cycle could quickly become the starting point of a pernicious trend when it comes to future elections. Will every presidential race become a vicious debate over the results? What if this paradigm spreads to congressional races? If this happens, the nation could be in for a political crisis during each election season. Of course, it is essential to point out that if the fiery rhetoric and heated hyperbole subside, America could avoid such a dire situation. But given the record of the country’s politicians and media figures, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. ~ Read more from Jeff Charles.
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