Crisis Scenario: Attempts are made to stop or interfere with the counting of ballots
Any attempt to prematurely stop or interfere with the counting of ballots should be rejected.
It is critically important that those who have a public voice, as well as the media, avoid characterizing the election in a way that undermines public confidence in the outcome. You can help to manage public expectations before, during, and after the election about the time it may take to count votes, and help the public understand that extended counting is not a reason to distrust the process. In fact, Election Night results are never official. Also, it is not uncommon for the official counting process to take longer—both state and federal law account for this.
What’s more, pundits, analysts, and opinion leaders should avoid “calling” the election or crediting claims of victory until the results are absolutely clear. Start to use terms like “Election Season,” rather than “Election Day,” as we may not know the final results for days or weeks.