I was so excited about voting for the first time in Arizona. But now I’m not happy. As of Thursday, less than 70% of the ballots have been counted.
We don’t know the outcome. I remember knowing who won elections by 8 or 9 p.m. for decades.
There were 70 out of 223 polling places that had issues with tabulators and printers. How did that happen?
Unfortunately, I am losing confidence in the election results. I wish they’d at least give hourly updates of the vote count. But they are releasing one vote count at 6 p.m. each day. Then to confuse things even more, some reporters are releasing counts, but where are they getting the information? All day Wednesday they counted and they only added 6% to the vote count. Now Maricopa County announced they have 400,000 outstanding ballots and won’t finish counting them until sometime next week!
What is going on?
Do you have confidence in your state elections? Were there any snafus or weird stuff going on like in Arizona?
I remember while growing up, my parents would talk politics over the fence with neighbors as easily as they’d talk tomatoes. It was polite, civil and people’s opinions were all over the place.
I’d get into heavy discussions about religion with one of my best friends. We sincerely wanted each other’s opinions.
Those days are over.
In fact, in a Cato Institute survey self-censorship is the norm:
A new Cato national survey finds that self‐censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds—62%—of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement.
These fears cross partisan lines. Majorities of Democrats (52%), independents (59%) and Republicans (77%) all agree they have political opinions they are afraid to selfshare.
The survey found that only very liberal democrats feel free to express their opinions. Middle-of-the-road Democrats self-censor as do Independents and Republicans.
Why do you think this happened? Is it because the political divide is wider than ever before? Or lack of civility? Is it because people are getting their news from separate universes? Do you share religious or political beliefs? Or do you self-censor?