We must count every vote to ensure free and fair elections.


Trump has said he intends to claim victory before every ballot is counted.

It could take longer to count the votes and verify a winner in this year’s election — and that’s okay. We need all of the time it takes to ensure a complete and accurate vote and, due to coronavirus and health concerns, more people voted absentee than ever before. 

We have to count every ballot — from military ballots sent in from overseas, to people with pre-existing conditions voting absentee because of coronavirus, to those who vote on Election Day.

Every voter has a right to have their vote counted. Election officials need time to count and verify every ballot, and when they take the time to do that, it’s a sign that our democracy is working.

Sign the petition and share with others to let our elected officials know that we will not accept results until every vote is counted. To send a strong message, we need signatures from every congressional district in Texas! 

Background

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many states are allowing more voters to use absentee ballots than in past elections. It takes election officials longer to verify and count absentee ballots than votes cast by electronic voting machines because they need extra time to double-check that those ballots have been verified and counted before announcing a result. 

What’s more, in some states, by law election officials can’t even start processing these ballots until after polls have closed on Election Day. Coronavirus is also going to make the process of counting all the votes and declaring a winner take longer than normal. Just like many workplaces, election officials are being careful to stay socially distanced and are sometimes working with reduced staff or fewer resources. 

No one in the media or in either party should rush to make any announcements about who has won the election until all the votes have been counted, even if that takes a week or so to complete. 

Sign this petition to make it clear that you expect every vote to be counted in order to ensure free and fair elections. 

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    Background

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many states are allowing more voters to use absentee ballots than in past elections. It takes election officials longer to verify and count absentee ballots than votes cast by electronic voting machines because they need extra time to double-check that those ballots have been verified and counted before announcing a result. 

    What’s more, in some states, by law election officials can’t even start processing these ballots until after polls have closed on Election Day. Coronavirus is also going to make the process of counting all the votes and declaring a winner take longer than normal. Just like many workplaces, election officials are being careful to stay socially distanced and are sometimes working with reduced staff or fewer resources. 

    No one in the media or in either party should rush to make any announcements about who has won the election until all the votes have been counted, even if that takes a week or so to complete. 

    Sign this petition to make it clear that you expect every vote to be counted in order to ensure free and fair elections.