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Highlight Clip Campaign HQ with David Plouffe

From Audio: Voting is not an errand you run at the last moment

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In this clip, former White House counsel and current senior advisor to the Biden campaign Bob Bauer, explains why you may or may not see your absentee/mail-in ballot counted right away depending on your state laws.
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In this clip, former White House counsel and current senior advisor to the Biden campaign Bob Bauer, explains why you may or may not see your absentee/mail-in ballot counted right away depending on your state laws. also talks about what election day may look like and the confusion on who's won due to so many mail-in ballots.
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ground states, Florida historically state. That's on a very good job of counting all the early vote and absentee vote, you know, leading up to the election. So they're reporting vote totals relatively quickly and pretty comprehensively you've got other states, um, this time who don't have that history on DSO. What could be done to make sure that as many votes as possible that air cast early are counted and are released on election night? So maybe in states, we don't know 100%. And we certainly won't in states like Arizona, but where we are, particularly if the race is decided by some margin. We know who's won on election date, either Election night or November 4th, as opposed to waiting two or three weeks. State laws vary, and you know, some states permit vote to be, uh, tabulated before Election Day and ready for release on Election Day. And other states put restrictions on when those ballots can be counted and included in the tabulation and where state legislatures have chosen not to relax those laws or to change those laws to permit it. I mean, obviously that presents a challenge. Uh, clearly, some states, uh that are trying to do what they can to equip themselves both as a matter of personnel and equipment, even if they can only start counting late to do so expeditiously with both equipment and frankly, you know, multiple 24 hour shifts, that sort of thing. Uh, I will tell you that it is too early to say, because it has come to be said often, and I think correctly, or it's come to be overstated. There are going to be states on states that air critical importance that we're going to hear from, I think relatively quickly, and I think it's going to shape an understanding of what's taking place in the race. It is also true that we cannot buy into Republican propaganda about what it means if we have late counts in some states, as we've seen, where the heavy mail balloting requires a significant amount of additional time to count beyond November 3rd, those were still lawful ballots. They have been cast lawfully in the you know, contrary to the Republican hypothesis that we have a country rife with fraudulent voting, which is absolutely incorrect as a matter of the empirical and historical record and so it will be important in particular for the press when it begins to. If you will heighten the publicity about the coming election and begin to talk about the objectives of their Election Day programming to continually emphasize that we're in a frame here where we will hear from some states on the schedule people are used to and we may not have projections in other states where more time will be required tohave a projection or, you know, much less than official count. And that's just a change in the way we think about things. And it's really incumbent upon the media to begin earlier rather than later just educate people into that fact. If they don't, then what you're gonna be hearing from the Republicans is, well, the only reason we're not hearing, uh, you know from Ex State. And the only reason so many ballots remain uncounted is because the Democrats are stealing it. Which, of course, is not true, Right? Let me talk about that. I mean, I agree, and I'm worried about how the media is gonna handle that quite frankly, and so that's going to take a lot of work and vigilance. But in a scenario. Listen, we all hope Joe Biden wins by a large enough margin on states are counting enough ballots that sometime the night of the third or the fourth, um, he's declared the next president. But in a scenario where, even though it's clear from what's happening in other states, um, it's clear Joe Biden is gonna gonna win when all the votes are counted. If you're in a scenario where, UM, you know both candidates are short of 2 70 but you know, because not all the states have been called. But Trump's ahead, let's say, in a state like Pennsylvania on election night, it's pretty clear that he's that lead will wither over time. How are you guys thinking about this? Isn't just a job for the Biden campaign. It's Democrats in Congress. It's outside groups. Ah, scenario where Donald Trump is saying, I've won A. I'm curious. Do you think that most of the Republican establishment will follow that and say, Yes, Trump has won? Or will it be like when he suggested that the election be postponed and for the first time, really, in his presidency thing, entire Republican establishment said no or do you think this is gonna be a big challenge for the country? And are are we literally gonna be where 45% of the country thinks Trump's one and you know, 48% of the country thinks Biden's one we're gonna have toe have we're gonna have toe have institutions and community leadership in this country and the media really step up here. You pointed out that where Trump has completely trump jumped the shark. And by the way, the circumstances in which the Republican Party has stood up to him are, unfortunately, far and few between. But as you say, there are circumstances like his declaration that, you know, maybe we need to delay the date of the convention has met with opposition even within his own party. But I think it's going to be really important for there to be both the media and a civil society push back the Democrats, and I'm certain this is true. Vice President Biden on his running mate, Senator Harris, are going to speak truthfully to the issue. But of course, it's gonna be a segment of the country that's going to discount anything from the Democratic Party or from the Democratic ticket and say, Well, of course, that their position, their their adversaries of Donald Trump, they're gonna take whatever position is consistent with their own interests. I suspect that would be the view of some, unfortunately, but it is going to be important for community leadership, the bar, the business community, the ecclesiastical community to stand up for the democratic process. If Donald Trump engages in the reckless anti Democratic rhetoric that we have seen, uh, they there's gotta be a line drawn somewhere. And, you know, we just saw in the Republican convention just the norm smashing that takes place on the day to day basis, uh, kind of in the indifference to the lines that we typically through all the norms, we typically enforcing our democracy When we get to Election Day, that really just has to be intolerable s. So I think we need to hear from the country's community leadership, editorial boards, the broadcast media everywhere that this election is potentially subject to some outrageous claims by Donald Trump and by some who are supporting him. That is essentially another disenfranchising maneuver, and it just simply has to be resisted. It has to be resisted, and that cannot be said often enough on it cannot be said from credible community and other leadership sources. Um, you know soon enough.
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