Protect the Results

Protect the Results

We have known that Trump is likely to claim victory because of the likely "red shift" from counting the in-person Election Day votes versus the "blue shift" that comes from counting the mailed-in ballots, which takes longer and even happens later in some key swing states.

 

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Here are some statements from our trusted legislators:

Senator Shelley Mayer

 

Assembly Member Amy Paulin 

As Election Day approaches, I would also like to make a few points about the process after voting ends. With record turnout levels, massive increases in the number of mail-in ballots, and contested races throughout our state and country, getting results may take quite a while. Boards of elections in all 50 states will need time to accurately count every vote. In many states, including New York, absentee ballots cannot be processed or counted before Election Day, further delaying results. Ballots will continue to be counted after election night, and in close elections, those ballots can change the outcome. Additionally, recounts and audits are normal parts of the elections process that help to ensure that every ballot is counted accurately. While I know many of us are anxious to see the election results, it may take days or weeks before we know the final results.

Statement from County Legislator Catherine Parker

With record turnout levels, massive increases in the number of mail-in ballots, and contested races throughout our state and country, getting results may take quite a while. Boards of elections in all 50 states will need time to count every vote accurately.

In many states, absentee ballots cannot be processed or counted before Election Day, further delaying results. For example, in New York, mailed-in absentee ballots that are post-marked by November 3 may be received up to seven days after Election Day, so ballots may not be counted before November 10.  It's important to remember, ballots will continue to be counted after election night, and in close elections, those ballots can change the outcome. Additionally, recounts and audits are normal parts of the elections process that help to ensure that every ballot is counted accurately. We are all anxious to see the election results, but please be patient; it may take days or weeks before we know the final results.

Statement from County Legislator Terry Clements

With the unprecedented number of absentee ballots being cast this year, we may not have final election results right away. Under New York State law, mailed-in absentee ballots that are post-marked by November 3 may be received up to seven days after Election Day. That means eligible absentee ballots may be received through November 10, so ballots arriving after election day may take some time to be counted.

Statement from Westchester Black Democrats and Hispanic Democrats

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To uphold democracy through voter education, building voter registration, holding elected officials accountable, educating ourselves and others to ensure equality for all, fight racism, xenophobia, authoritarianism, environmental destruction, and corruption with allies and partners.

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