Ross: A modest proposal for fixing how we tally votes after Election Day

Nov 4, 2020, 5:29 AM | Updated: 9:35 am

Election Day, election lawsuits...

An election worker sorts mailed-in ballots at the King County Elections office. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The idea of governing according to the popular will is what America is all about. The only problem is that here we are again, trying to ascertain the popular will – and do it so that people actually believe it is the popular will.

The decision is already locked in – it’s there in the form of those millions of ballots. It’s not going to change.

But the counting process has turned into this big tease.

Why do we do this? It’s the second time this week somebody is messing with our sleep.

Why not do the reasonable thing, and have Election Day on Tuesday, and then Results Day on Wednesday.

Voting can start as early as a state wants, but there’s a clear deadline for casting ballots, and a clear deadline for having them all counted.

Then we collect the votes, our best and brightest ballot-counters tabulate them perfectly, working all night if necessary, and it’s governed by one simple rule: No state reports until every state reports.

No more hearing about the five votes in Dixville Notch, no more trying to detect trends by using results from random precincts. We hear no results until every state has counted at least 95% of their votes. No state would know what happened in any other state…

…Until the results are released all at once – like the Powerball numbers! We laugh, we cry, and we go to bed.

And are actually able to sleep.

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave's Commentary

Dave Ross on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

Dave Ross

privacy pods...

Dave Ross

Ross: Tracking employees’ vital signs at work via privacy pods, what could go wrong?

I saw a Bloomberg story about the latest innovation to reduce your stress level at work: Privacy pods.

14 days ago

car culture...

Dave Ross

Ross: Are we killing car culture? Or is car culture killing the US?

I don’t think the question is whether we're going to "kill" our car culture. The real question is can we stop our car culture from killing the U.S.?

21 days ago

drivers data insurance...

Dave Ross

Ross: As cars release driving data to insurance, is your driving my business?

Every move you make, every swerve you take, every lane change you fake – someone’s watching you. Do drivers have a right to keep driving data private?

28 days ago

rent control...

Dave Ross

Ross: Rent control was never the answer in Wash.

The rent control bill died in the Washington State Legislature this week, even though Democrats control both houses.

2 months ago

end of democracy...

Dave Ross

Ross: Conservative activist earns applause for pledging an ‘end of Democracy’

The theme from Jack Posobiec's speech is that Jan. 6 was a righteous attack not on democracy, but on those who threaten democracy.

2 months ago

Image: Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, is seen on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo: Alex Brand...

Dave Ross

Ross: Voters can help cull bad politicians from the herd early

Let's remember that just about every occupant of a higher office once occupied a lower office, and was put there by us, Dave Ross says.

2 months ago

Ross: A modest proposal for fixing how we tally votes after Election Day