The Blue Wave?

In 2018 the American people had a choice. Stick with President Trump and the GOP or return the Dems to power. The results are in. Almost.

In some districts in NY and California they are still counting ballots. Many were submitted by mail and have yet to be tallied. It is taking  a while. And the Republic still stands.

Which is an aside. Why not just have all paper ballots? It takes a little longer to count, but so what. We have an election in early November and the new Congress takes office in early January. That is almost 60 days. Plenty of time .

Paper ballots are not subject to computer fraud or machine error. They cannot be hacked by the Russians or the Chinese. Large numbers of votes can’t be “accidentally” or intentionally switched. The safest, most reliable form of voting. But I digress.

The results of the 2018 elections:

Governors: 20 Republicans won; 16 Dems won. The GOP holds 27 states, mostly in the south and plains. The Dems hold 23, mostly in the far west, the upper Midwest and the east. More significant is that Alaska switched from the Independent to the GOP, while Nevada, New Mexico, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Maine switched from the GOP to Dems. 45 million voted for Dem governors while 42 million voted for GOP governors.

Senate: Dems won 21 seats plus 2 (Vermont and Maine) that caucus with the Dems. GOP won 11 seats. A final total of 23-11. On the Senate elections 55.6 million Americans voted Democratic, while 34.4 million voted GOP. Pretty decisive.

The House of Representatives: Dems won 234 seats, the GOP won 198 with three seats yet to be decided. The GOP leads in 2 (NY 27 and NC-9) while the Dems lead in 1 (CA-21). Total votes for GOP candidates was 49.6 million and for Dems was 56.1 million). Pretty decisive.

Two things are obvious. It was a major Democratic wave election  and the country is still rigidly divided as far as political party voting is concerned.

The people voted fairly decisively for Democratic candidates and Democratic  policies. Again. Mr Trump went around to a few states and did a good job of rallying his base (except in Montana). But the Democrats, without a true national leader, did a better job of speaking to the issues and getting out the vote. A lesson for future elections.

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9 responses to “The Blue Wave?

  1. Bill. I served as a poll watcher a couple times also. Paper ballots can be counted immediately. Representatives of both political parties and neutral observers can sit at a table and show and count the ballots. Easy. It would mean that we would need to have more voting districts with fewer voters in each one.

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    • whungerford

      Joe, what was your experience as a poll watcher? Was it worth your while? Was the election conducted with paper ballots, did you participate in counting, had you objected, would your opinion have had sway?

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      • I was a poll watcher when they had the old machines with the levers. They were like a odometer. It was IMPOSSIBLE to fill in a ballot by overvoting since the machine only accepted one vote for each office. The independent poll workers read and announced the results from the machine, t
        The machine was then locked so those numbers were set. So, in case of a dispute both parties could go back to the machines and check the numbers. Not perfect, but much safer than computer/electronic systems.

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      • whungerford

        The lever machines were mechanical; while reliable, they were certainly subject to failure. In my opinion, electronic machines can be as good or better if that is the goal of the design.

        It seems unnecessary to go somewhere to vote. Electronic voting from home could be safe too. I know current computers can be hacked, but devising better, safer computer systems ought to be a national priority.

        https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/18/estonia-the-digital-republic

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      • Any computer program that can be devised can be hacked. Look at all the financial institutions , with the best computer minds, have been hacked.

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      • whungerford

        That many existing, presumably secure computer systems have been hacked isn’t evidence that secure systems aren’t possible. We need to turn our experts to work devising secure systems not only for voting, but also for medical records, banking, and government operations. This may be difficult, but surely not impossible.

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  2. whungerford

    I don’t see paper ballots as a panacea; remember the disputes over whether the X was in the box or not? Any system that doesn’t provide the possibility of a recount is suspect. Electronic voting can be secure as I believe it is in NYS. When there is a will to cheat, means are at hand.

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    • Well, I voted using the NY electronic system, but I have no way of knowing how my vote was tabulated.

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      • whungerford

        Well, so did I. I see no problem–with a paper ballot, there is no assurance that it is counted. With the mechanical voting machines, the vote was presumably recorded, but not necessarily accurately reported.

        I once served as a poll watcher for a third party. We were told that a number of voters had promised to vote for that party. We watched the voting. When the polls closed we looked at the counters on the back of the machines. No votes for the third part were recorded. Was it accurate? I have no reason for doubt.

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