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Source: Die Linke “The foundation of democratic elections is to count every valid vote. The national and international election observation missions found no evidence of systematic manipulation in the most recent presidential election in the USA. The incumbent president’s unsubstantiated claims about alleged fraud are therefore a dangerous game with fire. After all votes have been counted, the result must be recognized by all sides, ”explains Andrej Hunko, Deputy Chairman of the Left Party, who was part of an OSCE election observation mission in the USA. Hunko continues: “The US electoral system is like a gigantic administrative patchwork quilt, with different electoral systems and regulations in the 50 states and beyond at county level. This explains that many states were able to present results quickly while others are still counting votes. It was warned in advance that Donald Trump would take advantage of this fact – as has now happened. Among other things, because of the pandemic, many supporters of the Democratic Party in particular have cast their vote by postal vote. In some states, like in Missouri, which I observed, hundreds of thousands of letters were prepared by several dozen election workers for days and then counted by machine on election evening after the polling stations closed. Therefore the result was available quickly. In states like Pennsylvania, regulations don’t allow this, which explains the current delay. Representatives of the Republican Party there had prevented these rules from being changed in the run-up to the event, and the current hanging game also highlights some of the serious shortcomings in the electoral system that the OSCE has criticized in the past. In addition, there are many other structural problems such as the antiquated majority voting system (‘the winner takes it all’), the exclusion of a good five million voters because of prison sentences and the low number and closure of polling stations, especially in areas populated by poorer people and minorities. The over-representation of rural and more conservative states and the politically motivated changes in constituency boundaries (‘Gerrymandering’) are also among these structural problems. The fact that no international election observation was made possible in about a third of the states goes against the obligations of the USA in the OSCE. “


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