Don Kriefall, the Washington County Board chairman, weighs in.
President Trump is criticized for causing mistrust of our election system by calling out numerous circumstantial instances that would lead a reasonable person to believe that a fair election did not occur. He is doing nothing of the sort, but the mainstream media and the Democratic Party are actually breeding mistrust with their hyperbolic accusations and insistence that there is nothing to see here. Reports of voting irregularities in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and Milwaukee have harmed the expectations of a legitimate election by many. A fair and balanced audit of all ballots cast at the polling sites in these cities is essential to determine that the vote was legitimate and accurate to satisfy the nation’s uncertainty and to also add credibility to the winner.
In 2000, the nation waited for Florida to count “dimpled” and “pregnant” chads on ballots before the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the count and determined that the winner of the election was George W. Bush. We fail to remember that the Democrat-appointed head of the General Services Administration, David Barram, refused to release transition funding until after the Supreme Court finally ruled on the Florida election, over four weeks after the election. “Until the results are clear, and as long as both sides are going to court, the results are not clear yet,” GSA spokeswoman Beth Newberger had insisted. No one questioned the motives at that time. No media outlet cried that a partisan coup was conspiring to obstruct an incoming administration. No one accused either candidate’s litigation as unfounded conspiracy theories.
Our Constitution provides a way to remedy contested elections. It’s time to let cooler heads prevail and let the courts shine the light of truth and determine how this should end. In 2000, we waited until December 12 to decide the election; we can wait again. This great nation need not fall. Evil revels in darkness, let the truth come out into the light. All citizens of the United States deserve no less.
It is clear that the expansion of mail in voting, early voting, and machine-driven voting has made the process more complicated, less secure, and more susceptible to fraud. The convenience of those rules and processes are outweighed by the people’s need to know that their elections are an accurate reflection of the will of the people.