This is How Putin is Going to Win the U.S. Presidential Election
One of Vladimir Putin’s main goals in the 2016 presidential election was to undermine faith in American democracy. This time, he could help end American democracy altogether.
According to a recent AP-NORC poll, more than two-thirds of Democrats are concerned about potential foreign interference in November’s election, And while only 30% of Republicans also worry about foreign interference, 43% are extremely worried about mail-in voter fraud (the number shoots up to 61% for those who only consume conservative news sources).
Meanwhile, the stakes (or at least the perceived stakes) for this election couldn’t be higher. Because the one thing both sides agree on is that this is not just another election. This is THE election; the battle for the soul of America.
What this all means? That no matter who wins what many feel will be the most consequential presidential election since Abraham Lincoln’s victory in 1860 — which ignited the American Civil War — it will be very, very easy to sow doubt about the validity of the results.
And it gets worse.
The most likely election night(mare) scenario
Because of the pandemic, an unprecedented number of Americans will be voting by mail. In fact, they already are. More than 84 million absentee ballots have been sent out for the 2020 election, 40 million of which had been returned by October 26.
Now, in some states, like California, counting can begin weeks before the election, but in 15 states officials have to wait until Election Day until they can start counting absentee ballots, including in important battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, polling shows that Democrats are far more likely to vote by mail than Republicans, most of whom plan to vote in-person on Election Day. And because in-person votes will be counted faster, we will likely see a Trump victory on election night, a phenomenon known as a “red mirage.”
But as all the mail-in ballots are counted in the days that follow, the vote tally will start to swing towards Biden, a…