Rasmussen says Americans support requiring ballots to be counted no later than Election Day

by Laura Ramirez

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Days after Election Day, several states have delayed counting remaining ballots, which most American voters frown upon, according to leading pollster Scott Rasmussen.

“One of the 80% issues, and there aren’t a whole lot of 80% issues in America-one of them is that all ballots should be in by Election Day,” Rasmussen said on “Just the News, No Noise” show Wednesday night, as the country awaits election results in key swing states.

There is overwhelming support for a mandate requiring ballots to be in and counted by election night, Rasmussen revealed, adding, “We should know the results on Election Day.”

A rule like this would prevent rank-choice voting, “an alternative voting system that allows voters to rank multiple candidates on a ballot in order of preference,” which is currently used in Alaska, Just the News reported. The outlet added that this method causes election results to be delayed for weeks.

“Alaska is five hours behind us or whatever, but not not three weeks,” Rasmussen said. “I think this is something we’re going to have to address through the political process. For example, when you lose the Super Bowl, you lose. You don’t keep stretching it out for a few more games. That’s what has happened in the country today. If you’re talking about reforms that really have strong support, they are things like photo ID and getting the ballots in by Election Day.”

A Rasmussen Reports poll published on Wednesday confirmed voters’ dislike for delayed election results, with 65 percent agreeing that states take too long to count votes and deliver results on election night, including 37 percent who strongly agree. The poll was conducted on Nov. 6-7 among 1,000 U.S likely voters.

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