White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre warned on Monday it could take “days” to count ballots in some states, which led to major pushback on social media with some users claiming such delays only worsen suspicions about election outcomes.
“We may not know all the winners of elections for a few days. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner,” Jean-Pierre told reporters at a White House press briefing. “That’s how this is supposed to work.”
Actually, once upon a time — before the mass mail-in balloting craze — the vast majority of election results were known on the same night as the election.
In any event, her remarks were blasted online.
“Counting ballots after Election Day undermines voter confidence,” noted Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
Counting ballots after Election Day undermines voter confidence. https://t.co/fqjYuq1RTa
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 7, 2022
Hudson Institute senior fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs quipped, “Narrator: this is not, in fact, how it’s supposed to work.”
Meanwhile, conservative commentator Rick DeVos slammed Jean-Pierre’s statement with a “Star Wars” reference: “This stuff is rapidly becoming like a 10 year old trying to use the ‘Jedi Mind Trick’ after seeing it in the movie. ‘That’s how this is supposed to work.’ ‘That’s HOW this is supposed to work.’ ‘That’s how this is SUPPOSED to work,’” he quipped. “Dad chuckles, smiles, pats kid on head.”
The host of “The Situation with Michael Brown,” former Under Secretary of Homeland Security Michael D. Brown, was one of several users who voiced skepticism that, despite having improved technology, elections now take even longer to count.
“Not only is she just flat stupid, but think about this. When we counted paper ballots, or punched ballots (sans FL 2000) we knew the results almost always by midnight. Not two weeks. This insanity has to stop,” he said.
Commentator Andy Swan made a similar point: “It’s amazing that they were able to count all the ballots by hand on election night in the 1960s but can’t get it done with scantrons and computer inputs in 2022.”
Added Townhall contributor Brad Slager: “I recall when they were able to call elections within hours of polls closing. Now ahead of time, as technology has improved, they just KNOW there will be days of counting needed to ascertain the results.”
The criticism was international as well.
Canadian athlete Jeff Hecht asked, “At what point in North American election history did it begin taking ‘a few days’ to calculate votes and distinguish winners?”
And Rob Roos, a Dutch politician and member of the European Parliament, riffed, “In 1969, mankind took the first steps on the moon. But in 2022 it’s not possible to count the ballots in time? #Midterms2022.”
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong, who resides in Malaysia, noted of Jean-Pierre’s announcement that it “seems like an insane statement especially when other countries with simpler systems can manage it in a single day, but hey.”