Like most Americans I have confidence in our democracy and election system. During this debate, Mr. Trump is doing the party and country a great disservice by continuing to suggest the outcome of this election is out of his hands and “rigged” against you.
Senator Lindsey Graham after the third debate of the last Presidential election
Voting fraud is a claim used by Mr. Trump since he ran for office in the last Presidential election. Despite not showing any evidence of it occurring, that charge continued well after the election. Called out on it by many individuals and news organizations, the administration set up a committee to investigate.
But even that committee was unable to prove voter fraud was happening outside of people who mostly voted for Mr. Trump. And when the CIA found that Russians were involved in election tampering, in his favor, he still denied it was happening.
But his administration continued to say that individuals are voting in U.S. elections that aren’t legally able to do so. This included accusing people of being illegally registered in more than one state and that immigrants are voting. Ironically, reporters found that Tiffany Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and political advisor Steve Bannon were registered in two states. Needless to say, he didn’t lock them up for this offense as he promised he would for others.
But he’s not the only one to allege voter fraud that isn’t happening. Some Republican-led states have done so as well. There was a Texas commission that accused 95,000 people of registering that weren’t legal citizens. The President even quoted those statistics to bolster his previous arguments. But upon further research by the elections commission, it was found there wasn’t any legitimate reason for removing those voters.
In Georgia, the Republican Governor used voter fraud as a way to try to gain votes. Two days before the election he asked the FBI to investigate Democrats for attempting to hack voting machines. No evidence was provided, and after the election, the accusations weren’t mentioned again. He went on to win the election by a slim margin. That was despite the courts finding people were kicked off of voter lists illegally while he was Secretary of State.
Any proven voting misconduct was done by the politicians, their staff, and supporters that are accusing the other side of doing it. We can be sure they will bring up these accusations again in upcoming elections to confuse voters. If they were genuinely concerned about fraud, Republicans would pass laws and give money to states for better election equipment. But they’ve struck down any such proposals. Even after Robert Mueller’s investigation confirmed that Russians continue to try to influence and hack the elections.
What can you do about it?
If you’re over 18 and a legal citizen of any of the 50 states, register to vote and do it! Don’t wait until the time gets closer to the elections and check your registration. You might find your state has removed your name from the list without you knowing. I’ve provided links for state’s websites in a previous article, which you can find here.
If you want to know more about voter fraud in the United States, read the Truth About Voter Fraud, by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. Despite the publication date of 2007, the points provided are just as valid today.
Don’t choose to sit this one out because you don’t think it matters. If there is any voter suppression or fraud, the best way to ensure the best candidate wins is by voting.
Originally published at https://makeachangeproject.com on August 5, 2019.