On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre warned Americans that they might not know the winners of the elections in which they voted “for a few days.”
Many complaints have been lodged in states that the vote-counting process has taken much longer than it should; some states have proven far more efficient at the process. For example, in 2020, Florida was praised for having installed new technology that let the results be tallied in hours rather than days.
“When you look at what’s going on in some of the other states right now, where there is uncertainty, at least Floridians can put their heads on their pillow and know Florida got it right this time,” WPTV political analyst Brian Crowley asserted.
But Jean-Pierre insisted that it could take days for the results across the nation to be tallied. “I also just want to note — as you all know because you guys have covered this these past couple of years in 2022 —it took two weeks to call every state,” she warned. “In modern elections, more and more ballots are being cast in early voting and also by mail. And many states don’t start counting those ballots until after the polls close on November 8.”
She then turned to President Biden’s similar warning: “So you heard the president say this the other night, he has been very clear on this as well: We may not know all the winners of elections for a few days. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner.”
“That’s how this is supposed to work, and it’s important for us to all be patient while votes are being counted,” she preached. “This is not just for all of you but this is for all the folks who are watching and so I think it’s important just to remind folks that something that people should be mindful of as well.”
Jean-Pierre: “We may not know all the winners of elections for a few days. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. That’s how this is supposed to work.”pic.twitter.com/gVeDhlw456
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 7, 2022
On November 2, Biden declared, “We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America. And we know that many states don’t start counting those ballots until after the polls close on November 8. That means, in some cases, we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days — until after a few days after the election.”
Biden also said:
The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party — which is a minority of that party, as I said earlier, but is its driving force — is trying to succeed where they failed in 2020 to suppress the rights of voters and subvert the electoral system itself. That means denying your right to vote and deciding whether your vote even counts. Instead of waiting until an election is over, they’re starting well before it. They are starting now. They’ve emboldened violence and intimidation of voters and election officials.