We have now gone through the second presidential election in a row where a significant portion of voters believed the election was fraudulent. This has resulted in protests, violence and rioting and ultimately deaths in the 2020 election. Currently 39 percent (Reuters/psos polling) or approximately 60 million Republican, Democrat and Independent voters believe the 2020 election was rigged. That’s far higher than any recent elections. Nevertheless, the result is final, and Joe Biden won. Nothing is going to change that. But the distrust that remains will no doubt linger enough to impact the credibility of subsequent elections.
Because of the pandemic, this is the first national election with such a proliferation of mail-in ballots (46 percent). Many believe the high volume and extended deadlines made it much easier to falsify or tamper with. There are also a range of other fraud allegations regarding: dead people voting; illegals voting; people voting out of state; the software used; last minute changes to the rules; who had the authority to make those changes; and statistical anomalies that there were either not enough time or inability to get access to the data to fully analyze.
It is easy, but misleading to say that because the election was certified and no courts ruled in favor of the lawsuits therefore there was no convincing evidence and no fraud. However, most of the cases were dismissed for lack of standing and the evidence was never reviewed. Absence of evidence in not evidence of absence. While both parties are dug in, the integrity of our elections effects too many Americans to continue ignoring.
Now that the election and transition of power are over, ti seems the perfect time to investigate these claims. This could be accomplished by an impartial bipartisan review or audit by a reputable firm acceptable to both parties. We could put an end to these suspicions and confirm that the election was indeed honest, or if there were shenanigans, let’s expose them and figure out the remedy before the next election.
President Biden has made it his priority to unify the country both in his campaign and his inaugural speech. This would be an opportunity fo him to send a strong signal to the citizens and to both political parties that we cannot and will not put up with any election fraud or interference. We cannot allow the country to go through another election like this. The citizens of our country deserve an honest election and efforts to help ensure that going forward will help keep our democracy strong.