An effort by the U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as Biden campaigns to deploy challengers to mail-in-ballot counting operations in battleground states threatens to dawdle the ability of the state to count votes.
And it raises concerns that the impediments will allow President Trump to double down on his previous claims that any extended counting will cause fraudulent activities.
With a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases, mail ballots are considered to be a safe option to complete election procedure effectively, without allowing large gatherings.
However, being a lengthy process, ballot-counting watchers can cause unnecessary delays, and experts fear that it could cause unnecessary doubts and chaos.
“The longer it takes to count these ballots the more uncertainty there is and those spreading disinformation, and even foreign adversaries, could use that uncertainty to create more division and reduce confidence,” told David Becker, founder of the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research.
On the other hand, Justin Riemer, Republican National Committee Chief Counsel said the party is investing in a legal effort to ensure the process “runs smoothly”, as well as the law is being followed.
“We are not there to obstruct the process. If they’re supposed to check signatures, they need to check signatures. We understand there’s an urgency to count ballots, but it needs to be done right,” Riemer said CNN. “We can’t stand aside if officials aren’t complying with the law — an unfortunate consequence of taking action is that it could slow down the process.”
“It’s fair to say that 2020 will be the largest election observation program that the party has had and the presidential campaign has had,” Riemer further added. “We’re prepared with volunteers and attorneys in these central counting locations starting at the time ballots begin to be processed.”