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It is hard to believe this question even has to be asked.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina will be able to accept ballots received nine days after election day.

Keyword: AFTER.

Let’s check a dictionary…

election day: the day on which an election is held.

after: in the time following an event.

It’s unbelievable.

I haven’t sat in a classroom for years as a student, but when something was due on a specific day, that meant it was due on THAT day — not nine days later.

This was supposed to be enforced so minors learned the importance of personal responsibility.

In Pennsylvania, voters will be allowed to send their ballot in after election day.

We know what path this puts before us as Americans.

We will not know who won the election on Nov. 3. We may not know who won on Nov. 10.

Imagine what the climate in this country will be like between election day and the day results are known.

Call me a traditionalist, but is it really that outlandish to tell adults to have their ballots turned in by a certain time on election day?

Is that really asking too much of Americans?

Early and absentee voting exists. Why on earth does anyone need additional time?

Voting should be simple, but it should also be secure.

Allowing people to submit ballots after election day, after polls close, is 100 percent wrong.

Imagine the NFL allowing opposing coaches to decide whether or not they want to call a timeout before a play AFTER the play happens.

A kicker nails a 60-yard field goal to win a game, but the coach is allowed to go back in time and use a timeout in an effort to alter the outcome.

That’s what this is — except this matters a lot and a football game really doesn’t.

Here is the problem — responsible Americans will demand responsible state legislators to look into this issue and uphold the rule of law and the spirit of election day.

Democrat state legislatures won’t care. Democrat governors won’t care.

They’ll sell turning in ballots after election day as a way to increase voter participation and make sure “every voice is heard.”

In reality, they’re simply trying to keep an avenue open to cheat.

The presidential election is a national election. The rules for voting in the presidential election should be uniform across the country.

That means if Iowans have to turn their ballot in by Nov. 3, so should those living in every other state. Otherwise, some American citizens have more ballot access than others and that is the definition of voter disenfranchisement.

This is why Americans don’t trust this 2020 election.

It isn’t because they’re paranoid or conspiracy theorists.

It’s because they’re not blind. They see the writing on the wall.

Votes should be turned in by the time polls close on election day. Period.

This shouldn’t be controversial. It shouldn’t need to be said.

A fair, open and honest election is what Americans deserve.

That isn’t what these laws in Pennsylvania and North Carolina allow.

And that’s a national disgrace.

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall