Some in Vermont are making it clear that they expect contested results for Tuesday’s presidential election, and most of these individuals are preparing to side with Democrat challenger Joe Biden rather than President Donald Trump.
Rama Schneider, who is running to be a representative for the House Orange-1 District, says the president may cause a “constitutional crisis” after election night.
The simple fact that we have to call for an overwhelming @JoeBiden victory just to avoid some manufactured constitutional crisis should be all you need to know about the trump-mcconnell-@gop–@vtgop death cult. #vtpoli #NotMeUs
— Rama Schneider for VT State Rep, Orange-1 District (@RamaSchneider) October 28, 2020
TV journalist Stewart Ledbetter said on Twitter that Vermont’s election officials are “on edge” after President Trump pushed for more poll watchers.
Election officials on edge after @realDonaldTrump pushes hard for Tuesday 'poll watchers' – #vt voter turnout inches closer to all-time record: https://t.co/emYZ02ksDM#vtpoli @VermontSOS pic.twitter.com/jImsBOeM2A
— Stewart Ledbetter (@StewartMyNBC5) October 29, 2020
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which has taken on a handful of Democrat-associated policy initiatives such as green energy and social justice, posted that Trump is not going to accept the election results.
Trump won't commit to accept the election results.
He thinks it's up to him–but it’s not. It's up to us.
— VPIRG (@VPIRG) October 29, 2020
Garret Graff, another Vermont journalist, commented that the GOP are trying to steal the election by not allowing early ballot counting.
The GOP is simultaneously arguing that early ballots can’t be counted early—but also the only valid count is on election night. Be clear: They’re actually just trying to steal the election.
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) October 27, 2020
Vermont is one of 10 states this year to automatically send out mail-in-ballots to all registered voters. This policy has put Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos at odds with President Trump, who has been very critical of mail-in voting.
The election is expected to be very close in battleground states, but some indicators point to a Trump surge on Election Day, including the statistic that 11.7 percent of Republicans report that they don’t feel comfortable sharing their real opinions for polls.
Another prediction is that mail-in ballots — which may still be around in the millions even after Election Day — are expected to favor Democrats. If mail-in ballots are still coming in after Nov. 3, some states, including Vermont, are aiming to continue counting them.
Regarding which mail-in ballots are valid, Condos is taking issue with the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Democratic National Committee v. Wisconsin State Legislature decision that prohibits ballots from being received in Wisconsin after Election Day on Nov. 3. In a press release sent out Thursday, Condos wrote:
This Supreme Court decision repeats the misinformation we, as Chief Elections Officials, have been fighting against all election season: that votes cast on election day and arriving afterward are somehow not valid or are lesser than votes cast in person,” he wrote. “That is simply not true. This is how elections have worked for decades. In many states, it is normal for absentee votes to arrive after election day. This is particularly common for our overseas and military voters.”
Trump’s continued criticisms of mail-in balloting caught the ear of Condos who put out this Tweet last week.
The President's campaign website was briefly taken over by hackers yesterday in an attempt to undermine our confidence and create chaos. A website breach is not the same as altering election results. Be on the lookout for misinformation in this final week and vote on, Vermont! https://t.co/oqGgSyJmeJ
— Vermont Secretary of State’s Office (@VermontSOS) October 28, 2020
In another Tweet, Condos says that “sowing chaos and doubt” into elections is occurring online.
Valuable information from @vprnet about interference in elections. Sowing chaos and doubt is often the goal online. Be wary, be skeptical and report false election info to us. #protect2020 #TrustedInfo2020 #vtpoli https://t.co/j8KITlu5QT
— Vermont Secretary of State’s Office (@VermontSOS) October 27, 2020
There have been a dozen big headlines across the nation regarding mail-in ballot fraud and mishaps, including an Ohio county that saw nearly 50,000 voters get the wrong ballots. Project Veritas exposed an alleged ballot harvesting scheme by associates of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. This past week, the undercover journalist group caught a Texas woman on camera admitting to harvesting thousands of votes for top Texas politicians for money.
The president himself has indicated that he expects disputes over mail-in balloting could go to the Supreme Court.
“I think it’s better if you go before the election, because I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling — it’s a scam — the scam will be before the United States Supreme Court,” he said. The last time an election went to the Supreme Court was 20 years ago, when Republican George Bush and Democrat Al Gore disputed over “hanging chads” and other ballot quirks in Florida.
And mainstream media such as CNN have been suggesting that President Trump is going to cause a constitutional crisis.