Voters in Des Moines precincts 43, 61 and 62 cast their ballots at Roosevelt High School. via wikimedia commons.

The whole world is laughing.

US election results: When will we know who won?” the BBC wondered. columnist Jon Gabriel wrote: “Friends in Hungary and Brazil asked how their entire nations can count votes in a few hours, while it takes Arizona a week or longer.”

As of early Friday afternoon, America’s voting system has devolved from a global beacon of democracy to an international punchline. A bright neon sign warns: “Don’t try this at home.”

Mechanical breakdowns, baffling “ballot dumps,” and inexplicable pauses in tabulation have buried the Arizona and Nevada senatorial and gubernatorial results in sand.

Alaska has soiled itself with a new, needless, and odious rank-choice voting process. Rather than Tuesday’s top vote-getter winning the Senate seat, Republicans Lisa Murkowski, Kelly Tshibaka, Buzz Kelley, and Democrat Patricia Chesboro are mired in a glacial redistribution of each losing candidate’s votes to those ranked higher. This ballot buffoonery could continue for weeks.

In the U.S. House, 32 seats remain uncalled. Republicans have yet to secure their expected slim majority, thanks to dilatory vote counts and mail-in ballots that land more slowly than falling autumn leaves.

Who will be the next mayor of Los Angeles? At this writing, 64 hours after polls closed, nobody knows. Some 900,000 ballots await tabulation! In 10 California congressional contests, fewer than half of the ballots have been counted, per Politico. In the Sixth District, only 35 percent of ballots have been tabulated!

What America needs is a major cleanup of our self-humiliating voting system.

This should start by excising the cancer of early voting.

According to 2 U.S. Code § 7:The Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November, in every even numbered year, is established as the day for the election, in each of the States and Territories of the United States, of Representatives and Delegates to the Congress.”

What part of that federal statute is unclear?

Pennsylvanians began voting on September 16 — 39 days (!) before Democrat John Fetterman’s and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz’s sole debate on October 25. For seven weeks and two days, people voted before they saw Fetterman’s performance and either were appalled at his diminished, post-stroke mental capacity, or admired him simply for showing up and standing there. No ballots should have been cast — for Fetterman or Oz — absent that information.

Alas, some 600,000 Pennsylvanians already had voted before they saw Fetterman barely able to express himself, which was exactly what devious Democrats had in mind. Surely, some of them wanted their ballots back — perhaps enough to have elected Dr. Oz on Tuesday.

Early voting began in Arizona on October 12. That was 20 days before Libertarian Party nominee Marc Victor dropped out of the Senate race and endorsed Republican Blake Masters. Victor now has 43,542 votes. The early ones among them might have gone to Masters, which would propel him that much closer to victory.

In 2016, North Carolina sent voters absentee ballots on September 9, a full 17 days before the first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald J. Trump debate that September 26. Voting before even the first of three debates for President of the United States and leader of the Free World is SICK.

Americans should coalesce around an election system worthy of this nation:

— Make Election Day a national holiday.

— Polls open for 24 hours — Midnight to Midnight Eastern time – and open and close simultaneously. Voters should not be swayed by results in states with earlir precinct closures.

— Voters must show photo ID.

— Voter rolls must be cleaned frequently and by the registration deadline: two weeks before Election Day.

— No more mass mail-in ballots

— Limit absentee ballots to the sick, infirm, and those who will be — Imagine! — absent on Election Day. 

— Only adult U.S. citizens can vote. Zero ballots for foreign citizens. 

These reforms would start to fix America’s unintentionally hilarious vote system.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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6 months ago

Of course the American voting system is a joke to the world but to be fair the left has to print fake ballots after they find out the other parties total count. Duh!

6 months ago

Of course Arizona will take longer to count their votes because if their Demon-Cratic candidate is behind in votes then they can add more votes so their candidate can win, just like they did in the 2020 election, Trump was ahead at midnight but come morning he was thousands of votes behind, wonder how that happen just over night ????????

Mary Carter
6 months ago
Reply to  Ebby G Shreve

I blame the Republicans as much as the Democrats. They have done nothing to stop the communist takeover.

6 months ago

I wish everyone had to read this column. So much reasonableness. And all that Mr. Murdock recommends is so logical.

There is no way any sane person could believe Keri Lake did not win her race for Governor of Arizona.

Election results in Arizona will be hard to trust if Laxalt and Lake do not win.

The reason the delay was needed was to steal enough votes for the Democrats for them to win.

From what I understand tampering with elections is treasonous and a capital offense. Where is the Court to take over the vote count here and punish anyone involved in vote tampering?

6 months ago

Good first step suggestions. But it needs to go further. I can place an online order with millions of retailers and receive verification that my order was received, properly processed, and fulfilled all the way. If something goes wrong, I know and there is a concrete way to correct the problem. There is no reason why your vote and mine can’t be handled the same. What do I get now? A sticker that says I voted!

6 months ago

I believe it’s up to individual states. This is as it was designed to be by the Founding Fathers. Problem is, there are some states that are now dominated and ruled by De Muck Rats who want to leave multiple doors open to facilitate CHEATING and CORRUPTION. There seems to be no remedy, for federal control is a catastrophe even worse. We must rely upon building up the conscience and outrage of the populace against such a rigging of the system.

Mary Carter
6 months ago

america has much to be ashamed of. The “woke” debacle, no leadership, communist tyranny and now this. Wait for the election, said they and send more money. Guess what? Money doesn’t work-action does.