Ballots and Votes Spot the Difference.

Ann Carriage
2 min readNov 17, 2022


This year’s midterms crystalized the difference between votes and ballots in ways we have never seen before.

Pay attention folks because this is the big picture in 3D.

There is a rule that can be taken away. Just like in the 2020 election when the focus is on votes Republicans win, but when the focus is on ballots Dems win.

The two states that are proof that ballots rule are Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Whitmer and Fetterman did not campaign for votes; that is now seen as old school. Instead they chose a more modern path. One in which ballot harvesting is the name of the game.

Dems in both these states focused on ballot collection and distribution and ignored votes cast as irrelevant.

Since the focus on the ballot through mail-in and collection drop-off processes; votes have become less valuable, especially to those who want better control of the outcome.

As a result, ballot gathering is seen as key to the success of the Democrat party.

Political activist groups knew how to exploit the opportunities within the new system, and when combined with a massive campaign to accept any and all forms of ballots; well; you can see how you can’t have one without the other.

Under this system the end of old-style campaigning as well as being forced to debate is seen as a plus.

It is clear that elections decided by ballot and elections decided by vote; are two different things entirely.

Of course the ballot processing part takes much longer than counting the votes. As you have no doubt noticed.

This year’s midterms are certainly the fruits of that system.



Ann Carriage

Political animal, interested in the story behind the story. A concepts driven individual.