Count everyone's votes!!! Count them correctly: our democracy depends upon it.
Whoever wins our national election should enter office as the winner by accurately counted votes. Without an accurate count of the votes, our nation will struggle for the next four years with a president burdened by a lack of legitimacy. In virtually every state, when an election is close, a recount is performed to determine the actual count as nearly as possible. that's because in America, the winner is the person who got the most vote, not the winner of the party who controls the courts, the secretary of state, the governor or the attorney general. It is the people's votes which should be counted.
An accurate recount is taken in close elections as a matter of course. The right to have votes counted accurately in close elections is nothing new or special: it is a basic fundamental principle of our democracy observed in local and state elections. In Minnesota, we frequently have recounts in close elections. Noone every questions that right: the idea that someone should not request a recount because they are sore losers is spurious. The purpose of the recount is to find out who won the election: to find out the will of the people.
It is said that we cannot afford to count the ballots accurately, because international markets will suffer. But the reverse is true. Our national standing will withstand an extra week of recounting: but it will not withstand four years of public belief that the election has been stolen.
How can anyone be harmed by counting everyone's votes accurately and fairly. How can our democracy be but damaged by the perception that tens of thousands of votes have been miscounted or thrown out because a little piece of paper was hanging out of a hole caused a computer to rejected a ballot: that tens of thousands of votes have been thrown out simply because a hole was not accurately punched.
Count all the votes. Count them accurately and fairly. Pass it on.