Op-Ed | Center for Election Integrity

Fighting to restore the day in Election Day

This article originally appeared in The Bismark Tribune on October 5, 2023. 

Remember when Election Day meant an actual day? Not long ago, we knew who won the election on Election Day. When you went to bed, you most always knew the outcome.

Election Day doesn’t mean so much anymore. Even after Election Day, the election seems to drag on for weeks.

For example, in 2022, the last U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races were finally called on Nov. 23, a total of 15 days after Election Day. The United States House was worse. The last House race was not called until Dec. 13, a total of 35 days after Election Day.

Americans have begun to lose trust in the process because the process has lost certainty. Prolonged counts are a central cause of the lost trust.

Read full op-ed in The Bismark Tribune

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