October 28, 2012

How Sandy could screw Mitt

Here is a handy map of the various early and absentee voting laws by state.  It is color coded, but if you hit the link, there is an interactive roll-over feature that sometimes provides a little more info:

Here is the Real Clear Politics Electoral Map as of today:

Here is the current forecast model for Sandy (and keep in mind that if/when she combines with the northern front, severe snowstorms are expected well into the midwest). 

So, add all that together.  Look at how many toss up states have no early voting.  Any long term power outages could extend to and through election day.  What in the world will that scenario look like?  Lawsuits because people didn't get a chance to vote?  Lawsuits to change election day?  Lawsuits to discredit any polling place that has to revert to paper ballots and human hand-counted votes?

There is no doubt that Sandy will have an effect on our nation's election.  At best, a great deal of the country has tuned out politics and tuned into the weather.  At worst, key states are likely to be ground zero in an ugly and extended fight for title of 'winner' on November 6th.

1 comment:

kerrcarto said...

Can't change election day. It is in the constitution.

Clause 4: Election day
The Congress may determine the Time of chusing [sic] the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.
Congress sets a national Election Day. Currently, Electors are chosen on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, in the year before the President's term is to expire. The Electors cast their votes on the Monday following the second Wednesday in December of that year. Thereafter, the votes are opened and counted by the Vice President, as President of the Senate, in a joint session of Congress.

Although I wouldn't put it past Obama. When has the law ever stopped him before?