Every vote counts unless of course it is lost either among, or against, a sea of ballots all pointing one direction. If you’re one more conservative in Mississippi, you won’t swing the presidential election. And if you’re one liberal vote in Mississippi, you won’t swing the election.
For those reasons, only a few “swing states” actually matter in the election, and Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida are among them. Voters in these states are worried about making sure their mail-in votes are counted, but instead of petitioning their election boards to mail out ballots – and require that they are returned – earlier, they are filing lawsuits demanding more time for ballots to be received after the elections are over.
Michigan and Pennsylvania have already gone down this road, and now Wisconsin is following.
A federal judge ordered the state’s absentee ballot receipt deadline to be stretched to Nov 9, as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day, November 3.
It’s not clear how anyone could assume that a ballot they mail on the day of an election, or even one or two days ahead of time, could reach the ballot box by Election Day.
Because these voting extensions are happening in swing states, it dramatically increases the possibility of a contested election. This will not be the case of the election is not close, but if it comes down to the wire, this could be very frustrating as we wait days, or even weeks, for the outcome.