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Why didn't the government count the absentee vote from our soldiers' overseas for the presidential election, but are making a big deal about counting them for local government elections?

yeah i know we already have a president elect, i was just wondering, so please no bashing.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:09 PM on Nov. 6, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I do not know this for fact...
    My guess is that the number of outstanding ballots wouldn't change the result for president in that state (or those states). But it may affect local elections.

    For example, if Obama won by 10,000 votes and 1,000 ballots still need to be counted, then even if every ballot voted for McCain, it still wouldn't change the outcome.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:15 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • do you have a link to the local elections you are referring to or for the presidential votes in question?
    i'm assuming you are regarding to the votes that were received late in virginia for the presidential election, is that so? i know that there was a ruling regarding late votes received after the 2000 election and those votes were not counted. i'm assuming the same applies here as well.

    Answer by heatherama at 5:16 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • no, i don't have a link, i'm just watching the news right now, and yes it's virginia, that are still counting absentee ballots. I was talking to someone the other day who said that they have changed the rules on that..i'm not sure if that was true or i was just wondering

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • oh well hubby just said they didn't count any absentee ballots at all...

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • yeah, like kaycee pointed out the number of votes are not enough to effect the outcome.

    this is also an issue typically handled by the state in question.
    it's being dealt with according to virginia's laws.

    Answer by heatherama at 5:29 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • that's completely untrue.

    Answer by heatherama at 5:31 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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