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Why can’t we determine election winner more quickly?

Scott Robert Shaw

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We knew we weren’t likely to get final results on election night. We didn’t know it would take this long, or get this ugly. Two months after the election, the results of the November vote were finally certified. But not without a fight. There was chaos at the Capitol yesterday when protesters stormed the building and clashed with police in an effort that bordered on a coup. It was an ugly scene, more reminiscent of some Third World country than the United States of America. We had already counted the ballots, held recounts, filed failed legal lawsuits and finally saw the certification of the results. There is no question who won, and there is no question the election was fair. But can’t we figure this out faster? Why do we have to wait two months for it to become official? When America determines an American Idol winner, they can tally millions of votes before the show even comes to an end. Why is it so much harder to determine the winner of an election in America in a timely fashion? Do we really need two years of campaigning before we hold an election, and then another two months to make it official? Perhaps if the process didn’t drag on so long, things wouldn’t get so messy.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Thomas R Blank

    January 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    As I see it…..Read the constitution. It will explain the process.

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    Randy Hubety

    January 8, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Heres an idea prove your a citizen prove where you live and vote at a designated voting site. No more shady ballots.

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    Clyde Fromona

    January 14, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    If ballots are counted quickly, democrats won’t have time to create ballots to win the election like is suspected in 2018 Walker, 2020 Trump losses.

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    Clyde Fromona

    January 14, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    If ballots are counted quickly democrats won’t have time to create ballots to win the election like is suspected in the 2018 Walker and 2020 Trump losses.

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    Clyde Fromona

    January 14, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    If ballots are counted quickly democrats won’t have time to create ballots to win the election like is suspected in the 2018 Walker and the 2020 Trump losses.

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    Clyde Fromona

    January 14, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Ballots

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