FBI clears all allegations on Hillary Clinton
Apart from Hillary Clinton and her central band of supporters, a group of 50 Americans breathed a deep sigh of relief which is echoed from coast to coast in the US on the eve of elections.
They are relieved because of the FBI director James Comey’s remarkable decision to absolve the Democratic presidential candidate on charges that said Clinton endangered national security by mishandling her emails as the secretary of state.
These people are the out-laying secretaries of state who are responsible for the performance of Tuesday’s elections and the orderly and peaceful declaration of results.
Unlike India, the US has no independent Election Commission and these secretaries of state, all elected officials, are often the targets of rage from losing candidates.
Comey wrote to the Congress that “FBI investigation team has been working around the clock to process and review a huge volume of emails from a device ceased in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.”
He updated the lawmakers that “during this process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of the state. Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we had expressed in July with respect to the Secretary Hillary Clinton.”
Earlier in July Comey’s concluded that Hillary Clinton was not engaged in any criminal misconduct but had been careless and negligent, about which she has already expressed her regret to the American people.
Before Comey’s release of Hillary Clinton for the second time, provincial secretaries of the state had agonised in the last few days that the presidential election would be inconclusive on Tuesday and that there may be no clear winner similar to 2000 when Democrat Al Gore refused to concede to Republican George W. Bush.
If this happened, the election would be dragged on for weeks as provisional ballots and early votes are counted if the election booth’s tally resulted in a very close outcome that was open to challenge.
About the election process
Numerous American states allow voters to cast provisional ballots if their names are not on the electoral rolls although they are registered to cast their vote.
Generally, provisional ballots are not counted or are counted late only for the record if the number of such ballots is less than the majority secured by any successful candidate in a state, results of provisional ballots do not change the outcome.
Then there are few early votes that are cast. They have to be counted manually unlike polling day votes that are recorded on electronic voting machines, the results of which are available as soon as polls close.
This year, 42 million Americans have already cast their votes before the polling day. This historic high means that more than one-fifth of the US electorate of 200 million have already voted, leaving a huge assignment before provincial secretaries of state of manually counting these votes.
Comey stated last week
About a week ago, when Comey told the Congress that investigating agency had come across a new roll of emails from Hillary Clinton that was open to suspicion in their handling, the FBI director turned the presidential election process on its head. They feared that Hillary Clinton would be prosecuted and possibly be questioned after she is elected as President which had created a sudden enthusiasm among the Democratic Party rank and file.
This revelation flocked many Independents away from Clinton and left many undecided voters even more undecided about voting for her. Consequently, she slides below the majority threshold of 270 in the electoral ranks in the final week of election campaign from the score of 300 plus in successive opinion polls week after week.
Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump was energised into concluding a new FBI investigation had reopened his possible path to victory on Tuesday night. Trump collected all resources last week, rearranged his campaign schedule and deployed high-voltage Republican firepower in key battleground states in a determined bid to make those states join his victory column.
Last night’s acquittal of Clinton by the FBI has turned out to be a negative outcome for his hopes once again, unless the usual voter signals are misleading.