White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was slammed Monday for saying elections “should work if you wait a few days for the results.”
“We may not know all the election winners for a few days. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner,” Jean-Pierre told reporters at the White House press briefing. “That’s how it’s supposed to work.”
Twitter exploded when commentators on the platform expressed dismay that many states can no longer count all the ballots they receive by the end of Election Day itself.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton warned: “Counting ballots after Election Day undermines voter confidence.”
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Rebeccah Heinrichs, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, quipped, “Narrator: It’s not supposed to work that way.”
Commentator Rick DeVos slammed the announcement and appeared to say it was a poor attempt to allay concerns about the election process.
“This stuff gets fast like a 10-year-old trying to do the ‘Jedi Mind Trick’ after seeing it in the movie. ‘This is how it’s supposed to work.’ ‘This is how it’s supposed to work.’ ‘That’s how it’s supposed to work,'” he joked. “Dad giggles, smiles, pats the kid’s head.”
The host of The Situation with Michael Brown and former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael D. Brown was one of many commentators who expressed skepticism that despite improved technology, elections are somehow taking longer.
“Not only is she just plain stupid, but think about it. When we counted ballots or punched ballots (without FL 2000), we almost always knew the results by midnight. Not two weeks. This madness has to stop,” he said.
Commentator Andy Swan tweeted a similar sentiment: “It’s amazing that on election night in the 1960s they could hand count all the ballots but couldn’t cope with scantrons and computers in 2022.”
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Townhall writer Brad Slager also recalled a suspiciously more efficient past:
“I remember when they could call elections within hours of the polling stations closing. Now that the technology has improved, they KNOW in advance that it will take days of counting to determine the results.”
Even outside the US, politicians from other countries have expressed contempt for the current state of the American electoral process.
Canadian athlete Jeff Hecht asked, “At what point in the history of North American elections did it take ‘a few days’ to calculate votes and determine winners?”
Dutch politician and MEP Rob Roos lamented: “In 1969 mankind took the first steps on the moon. But in 2022 it will not be possible to count the ballots in time? #Midterms2022.”
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Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong, who lives in Malaysia, noted that Jean-Pierre’s announcement “seems like a crazy statement, especially when other countries with simpler systems can do it in a single day, but hey.”