CNN presenter Jake Tapper said that his elderly mother, a Pennsylvania resident who voted by mail because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, should have her ballot counted in an emotional statement defending the state’s vote-counting program.
Tapper told CNN: “My mother lives in Philadelphia. She is in her late seventies. She does not want to get a corona virus and voted by mail. Her ballot is among them. She is an American citizen. She can have it counted.”
Tapper denounced allegations of election fraud by prominent Republicans.
“We see some of the President’s most obedient servants… go on television and say things that are not true, say things that there is no evidence of, talk about election fraud,” Tapper said, referring to South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and minority House of Representatives leader Kevin McCarthy.
“This is not correct. This is not what is actually going on. The American people are having their votes counted.
“The last thing that has to happen is that the Republican party that has allowed the worst impulses from this president to benefit from the policies that they like to do so at the expense of the American people and our electoral rights,” he added.
At the time of writing this article, President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania led the polls with 49.5 percent (3,286,171) of the vote, while Joe Biden was just behind with 49.2 percent (3,267,942) of the vote, according to data compiled by Reuters.
In Pennsylvania, unrest continues over the vote count. Protestors were seen outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia where the votes are counted on Thursday, the city’s WPVI TV reported.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s chief executive Tom Wolf condemned the ongoing efforts against the vote count in the state of Pennsylvania.
Wolf said in a statement on Wednesday: “Pennsylvania will count every vote, and no amount of intimidation will stop our dedicated election workers in our communities. As a country and as the Commonwealth, we must reject efforts to intimidate election workers and prevent vote counting.
“The planned attacks on our elections this morning are undemocratic, and all elected officials must denounce them. Pennsylvania will be ready to protect our election workers and our votes,” he added.
According to the Associated Press (AP), hundreds of protesters were arrested throughout Washington, Minnesota and Oregon, including more than 600 in Minneapolis, 10 in Portland and seven in Seattle.
At the time of writing, more than 100,000 votes were still to be counted in a handful of states. These include Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina, according to data from Edison Research for the New York Times.
Just over half (52 percent) of registered voters in the United States are 50 years and older, up from 41 percent in 1996, the Pew Research Center reported last month.
According to the US Election Project, at least 92,102,275 postal ballots were requested for this year’s election. Many older voters chose the postal ballot option amid the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak this year.
In the days leading up to the election, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued safety recommendations to voters at the polling stations to help contain the spread of the infection while crowds gathered for the election. These included keeping six feet away from other people and wearing a mask.
The chart below, also provided by Statista, illustrates how close the presidential elections were in the past.