Kentucky, New York, Lexington discussed on The Sunday Show


Really were assuming it was going to be that I was one of them. We were told that there was a single voting location gonna be open in the two states, two largest counties, where Louisville and Lexington are What it turned out to be. The case was that There have been a great deal of planning and bipartisan planning between the Republican Secretary of state Mike Adams and the Democratic governor Andy this year, and all of the local election officials and these two single locations that were opened in each of those counties were actually These cavernous facilities. One was an expo center that normally houses this Kentucky State fair and the other was the Football Stadium of the University of Kentucky, and they had dozens and dozens of booths for voting. You know, cute up, cordoned off lines for different precincts and Hundreds of poll workers. So the national you know readership. Media didn't quite grasp that until election day. When things started going, OK, there were some problems. There were some longer lines. In Lexington, and then they were fixed because the state board elections held an emergency meeting and they sent some new equipment to that location, and things got better. On dit wasn't perfect. The media broadcast these folks who were locked out in Lexington and Louisville and you know it wasn't ideal. There was nothing like Georgia or Wisconsin on DH then in New York. I think that there were problems, but it turns out that they were the kinds of problems that we actually see reported in New York. Every election, you know, pole locations, opening a little late. Confusion about where to go on DH. And so I really think the takeaway for Kentucky especially is that people work together and really try to fix this instead of just pointing fingers at each other, which is totally what happened in Georgia and Wisconsin. But Amy it is the end of the week and there was an election on Tuesday and we still don't have a winner declared for the Democratic Senate. Primary race. Why is that? And what does this mean? Potentially for November? Right? Well, it's because so many people voted by mail, and I believe the ratio is going to turn out to be something like 321 voting by mail in Kentucky, which is a complete reversal, and then some of what normally happens in a non pandemic year. So that takes time. The other thing is, I mean, there are lots of rules that govern counting and there's lots of equipment that makes it go more easily. So some states allow local election officials to start counting the ballots as they come in. So, starting weeks before the election, they can start er, sorry, not counting but opening and processing them. They don't actually hit the tabulation button on the scanner until election night or afterward, but In Kentucky. You can't actually start the processing until a m on election day. So that really, you know, ties their hands and there are lots of other states who have not altered their rules to accommodate this flood of mail ballots. The other thing is that you need these high capacity scanners to do it quickly. You need more people to process the envelopes. Open them verify the identity of the voter. Some states even have these machines that opened. They slid open the envelope in some states even have these machines that unfold and flatten the ballot to make it go into the scanner more easily. And these are all really Nitty gritty details, but they're really important in counting quickly, and that's not going to happen in AA lot of states in November, and then the last most important thing is how how early ballots have to get there. Some states allow them to be postmarked by election Day. Which means that they're not going Teo even arrive until Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday, so there's no way the counting will be done. And the question is how many arrived at late and so people really are going to have to get used to the fact that it's going to take time for these states. Report the results. So for those of us thinking about Election night in November. What we should be prepared for is The really serious potential that a winner of the presidential election and many of these congressional races will not be declared on election night or even by Wednesday or even Thursday. It really depends on how close the race is. If Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are really close, like they were in 2016 we all remember those states decided the election after midnight with a margin of combined margin of Something like 90,000 votes, Remember, and then we will not know because no one's gonna call that Based on the fact there are still ballots out and enough ballots that could change that outcome. If those states are landslides for either Joe Biden or President Trump. That's a different story. You know, I do think that the Associated Press and the networks Are working hard right now to figure out what their protocols were going to be for calling and and so it's going to be very interesting to see. But if it's a close race and let's face it Most of us think it will be. It's always close right in some state or another. That's important. We may not know. Instead, I want to move to the people who ran in these races again. They have not officially been declared the winners, but it looks because in some of these cases It was something of a landslide Looks like they won in New York, a young African American former middle school teacher defeat a long standing Incumbent Democratic incumbent, Eliot Engel. What do you attribute the success of these candidates, too? You know what we saw on this week was a kind of road map for progressive candidates kind of building coalitions in the race. You're talking about Jamal Moment, a former principal in New York. Looks like he is going to be Eliot Engel fairly handily and with that, but that coalition looks like in that community is kind of a combination of doing well among communities of color that was still a majority. Ah personal color district but also like pulling together kind of white liberal blast was more typically associate ID Wish of the Elizabeth Warren Bernie Sanders kind of primary Ah universe, but then combining that with your kind of typical Joe Biden of voter who might be seen as more ideologically my moderate But it's not actually the moderate nous that was driving. The Bowman was able to make a case of kind of trust level to these folks, and we've seen this replicated across the country. So even just this week. This is the same type of coalition that Charles Booker Kentucky's trying to put together. Cameron Web a Democrat won in Virginia was not Kind of as vocally progressive as the other two. But there's still able to do that, and I think it's important to note that identity is a key part of this, so you're able to combine the argument. Of kind of change on a policy making front with a representation change. Also, I think back to the blueprint of this actually not being being a C that people mentioned, But I autumn Presley out Massachusetts who beat an incumbent As a city councilor, as someone who was known in the district had trust in the district that was ableto come by a kind of message of progressivism. With what I remember the slogan Being change. Can't wait. That was not only progressive change that was about her identity. Also, that's a really, really good point. And I'm wondering then what you think Their impact will be talked about their impact. Potentially when they come to Washington. I think A lot of folks who cover the hill have been wondering when or if there is something like an AOC led coalition that butts up against..

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