We have to watch this.
Because “Sure, you voted on time, but we didn’t manage to count them all fast enough, so your vote won’t count” can apply just as easily to in-person vote tallies as it does for mail-in votes.
They’re trying to shift the idea of “election day” from the deadline for voting to the deadline for counting, and from “votes cast by election day” to “votes counted by election day.”
And that’s assuming everyone who wants to vote on election day has access to voting machines and locations – something the GOP has been mucking with for decades now.
It seems inconceivable that they might try to say that “Yougotabekidding County didn’t tally all their votes by midnight on election day, so we’ll just ignore all those votes cast,” but we have to recognize that that’s exactly what they’re trying to do with the mail-in ballots. Prior to this election, I’d say that such an idea is the stuff of the tinfoil-hattiest conspiracy theories, but this time it seems completely conceivable. Combine that with the clear and obvious efforts (some of which will succeed) to slow down the mail, and it is even more obvious.