The ultra-modern, never-ending election

The first US presidential election I remember was the 1976 contest between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. 

I was in the third grade in November of ’76. I had bet my best friend, Randy, my lunch money that Ford would win. The Wednesday after Election Day, I went hungry and lost 35 cents. (That’s $1.79 in today’s money.)

I followed all of the subsequent elections from 1980 onward. I’ve always been a political junkie at heart. 

But here’s the thing: in all of the the 20th  century elections in my lifetime, the results were delivered in a timely manner. You could go to bed on a school or work night and know the results, without sacrificing too much needed sleep.

It wasn’t until the technologically advanced 21st century that elections took weeks, or even months to shake out. It all started, of course, with the contested election of 2000, and the infamous “hanging chads” in Florida.

Election Day 2022 is now almost 72 hours behind us, and we still don’t know, with absolute certainty, which party will control either the House or the Senate.

Now, conspiracy theories are not my business here; but it seems rather absurd that with all the mail-in voting, early voting, and technological wizardry of this glorious digital age, elections are managed less efficiently than they were in 1980 or 1992.

Or maybe what’s going on is that—

No, no folks…we simply won’t go there.