The Democrats tried to frame the upcoming elections in 2022 as a referendum on Republicans, but the real threat to democracy is how little Americans trust the results of elections that last for weeks or days.
Despite the high number of Americans who believe that the country is on the wrong track, many of them still voted for the same candidates who were responsible for the crises that affected the country. This suggests that they have doubts about the Democrats' ability to lead the country. Also, three days after the election, voters still don't know who will control the Senate and House of Representatives.
Due to the number of mail-in ballots that were submitted on Election Day, the final tabulations in Nevada and Arizona will not be completed until next week.
The public's confidence in the results of the elections has reached an all-time low. Even in swing states, which have crucial races that are still too close to call, the counting continues. This shows how little trust the public has in the process.
Due to the increasing number of states that adopted this system, some of them have started to announce delays in the vote count. Corporate media outlets have also started labeling the early Republican leads as a "red mirage."
Leigh Chapman, the acting secretary of state of Pennsylvania, said at a press conference that the vote count would take a few days. She added that it didn't mean that there was something nefarious going on.
The media blames the decline in trust in the elections on President Donald Trump's attitude toward the 2020 presidential election. Despite the high number of irregularities and record turnout, the election was regarded as the most fair and free in the history of the country. Unfortunately, many voters on both the political parties despise waiting for the results to be announced because they know that it can lead to problems and manipulation.
Even if the election was as secure as the officials claimed, the fact that it took several days to learn who will control the House and Senate shows that Americans have doubts about the future of democracy. This is because the lack of a proper system for quick and accurate calculations undermines the public's confidence in the outcome of elections.
In Arizona, where the race for governor is still too close to call, voters are asking about the issues that affected the elections in the state's largest county. This is where the officeholder who oversees elections is running for the top position on the Democratic ticket.
After weeks of mail-in ballots, some voters who were likely to be Republican were not able to cast their ballots. This raises questions about the integrity of the elections. It's also possible that the results were manipulated or that the few thousand votes that trickled in each day could affect the outcome.
In Pennsylvania, where the presidential race was still too close to call, some voters are asking how a polling place could run out of paper on Election Day. These are valid questions, and they're the kind of concerns that can undermine the public's confidence in the outcome of the elections.
The media, which is guilty of delaying the calls for the races for no good reason, blames the country's decentralized voting systems for the delays. However, this doesn't work when voters remember how they were able to know who the winners were decades ago. Despite the various concerns about the elections, it's still possible to win on Election Day. In most countries, the results can be announced in a relatively short time. For instance, after the Florida presidential election in 2000, the state spent two decades developing a new voting system that ensures that the results are certified on the same day.
States should adopt election systems that are capable of quickly and accurately announcing the results of the elections. This will help restore the public's confidence in the outcome of the elections.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on THE FEDERALIST.