Argentina verified its election within hours of voting.
The counting never stopped. Cardboard wasn't put up to hide polling stations in Buenos Aires. The results didn't magically flip from red to blue in the dead of night. Amazing how that works. pic.twitter.com/oqvF9mGiAH
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 20, 2023
Left out of this “Citizen Free Press” post – showing a November 4, 2020 photo of the TCF Center in Detroit where election workers were covering up the windows to stop MAGA freaks from recording them counting the votes (obviously media were still allowed to take pics from inside) – are a number of key facts about Sunday’s presidential runoff in Argentina that don’t necessarily translate well to the “election integrity” fantasies the CFP and their ilk would want Americans on board with.
In their favor, the votes were cast by paper ballot, placed into a box, counted at local precincts, and reported directly to the national election authority. Well actually that last one is a non-starter for right wingers here because a federalized national popular vote election is like AIDS to them. So is voting on a weekend with nearly every school used for polling. And compulsory voting under pain of a fine, leading to an estimated 80 percent turnout. The same-day paper ballots they like though.
And the result too. Peronist Economy Minister Sergio Massa actually conceded before the votes were fully counted because the deranged populist Javier Milei’s 55.7 to 44.3 lead at 76 percent reporting made it pointless for him to have a screaming meltdown like a certain obese orange loser did here in 2020. There were two presidential candidates in one election in Argentina, not as many as nine in 50 separate elections sharing the ballot with dozens of state officials and legislators, county officials and legislators, municipal officials and legislators, school board members, probate judges, sanitation commissioners, sheriffs, so on and so forth. It was pretty fucking simple and easy when probably the vast majority of precincts in Argentina handled no more than a few hundred ballots with a single binary choice on them to tabulate and report. “Amazing how that works” indeed.