It’s after 4 a.m. here on the east coast of the United States, the morning after the 2020 election.
Lots of local races and ballot questions were decided, most of them important to somebody. Here in Georgia, we had a ballot question about requiring the government to spend money on the things they’re supposed to spend money on. No, really. When the government collects a fee for, say, tire disposal, and the fee sheet says that $1 from the disposal fee will be used on environmental cleanup, there’s nothing actually requiring the government to use that $1 on environmental cleanup.
Our government is full of loopholes.
As of this moment, the Senate is 47-47, Democrats and Republicans. The House is nearly even, and the presidential race stands undecided with millions of uncounted ballots. Some of those are absentee ballots that will be segregated because they’ll be challenged in court. Some of those are absentee ballots that won’t be challenged in court, but it just got late and the states want fresh eyes to go back to counting.
North Carolina is accepting ballots postmarked before election day until late next week.
When all the ballots are counted — or at least when all the ballots that are going to be counted are counted — there will be about a difference of less than two percent. Joe Biden still has an outside shot at 300 electoral votes, but more than likely the difference in the electoral count will be no more than twenty or so.
Neither of the candidates is likely to be a gracious winner or loser, but they’ll express it very differently.
What this election has taught us, maybe even more than the 2016 election, is that there are no consensus candidates. We are divided. Period.
Let’s find a better way.
I’m just going to leave this here.