Election Night 2022 Coverage: NPR

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Voting ends Tuesday in an election that will more than just decide who controls the House and Senate.

Although polls may end Tuesday evening, results in some states are expected to take days or even weeks. That’s perfectly normal, with tens of millions of voters voting by mail, some conspiracy theorists and deniers might view the delayed results as a fraud.

As a result, fears of politically motivated violence following the election are on the rise, with US security agencies warning of an increased threat of attacks from late October.

As confidence in the electoral process wanes among right-wing voters, democracy experts worry about who will accept defeat and who will fly the false flag of fraud.

“The fate of democracy really hinges on whether or not the losers accept defeat and whether they recognize losses as losses,” said Amel Ahmed, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “If you have a worldview where every loss equals the other side cheating…that generally presents a challenge to the viability of democracy.”

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Less than a week before the polls close, President Biden delivered a speech from Union Station in Washington, DC, to reassure the nation that everyone’s vote counts. He reiterated that counting ballots will take time, meaning results in some states can take days.

The president also told the country that democracy itself was on the ballot this year, pleading with voters to think about the country’s future when they cast their ballots.

“You have the power. It’s your choice. It’s your decision,” Biden said. “The fate of the nation, the fate of America’s soul lies where it always lies: with the people – in your hands, in your hearts and your vote.”

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