Tom Ridge, the co-chair of a group called "Vote Safe"
and the first Secretary of Homeland Security during the Bush administration, told MSNBC on Tuesday that in order to secure the 2020 election, Americans need to "quit thinking about we need to know on Election Night. It's election week or election month."
TOM RIDGE, VOTE SAFE: It is not news that the Post Office is losing money, but the men and women who deliver the mail on a daily basis... I think the challenge isn't a management of the organization, I think we resolve that problem by simply saying the last day to vote is Nov. 3, but if it takes a while to [count] those votes, so be it, we don't need to know on Election Night.
And by the way, the state legislatures and governors, Democrats and Republicans, could help this process and undermine these false allegations of fraud if they simply move the process of sorting the mail, and sorting these absentee ballots. For example, in Pennsylvania, you can't even start to open the envelopes until7:00 p.m. on election night. Obviously, there are going to be delays. Let's move that process forward.
Let's quit thinking about we need to know on Election Night. It's election week or election month. We get from November 3 to January 20. Let's do it right.