/In our opinion: America must not take the 2020 election on a path of disbelief

In our opinion: America must not take the 2020 election on a path of disbelief

An alarmingly large minority of Americans – Democrats and Republicans – will question the outcome of the November election if their candidates lose. It is a blow to faith and democratic ideals at a time when trust in the country’s institutions needs to be greater than ever.

Analysts from the Democracy Fund’s Voter Study Group took a glaring picture of America in their latest report, “Democracy Could Be”, where Trump called for a reconsideration of about 40% of Democrats after winning the Electoral College but losing the popular vote, and about 30% of Republicans It would be appropriate to refuse to resign.

The researchers also found that 2 out of 10 people would find at least “something” to justify the violence if their opponents won.

In most cases, as the report suggests, the consequences of such violence are all imaginary: Trump really won his first term by winning the Electoral College after losing the popular vote, foreign interference in the 2011 election is documented, and the president questions the legitimacy of socially remote elections. Continues.

Anything is commendable this fall.

The remedy is simple: Americans need to trust their constitutional institutions to do their job. As the authors of the study observe, “distinguishing stable liberal democracies from those more endangered is not only the quality and integrity of their democratic institutions but also the depth of their human commitment to them.”

This incredible assurance has become a feature of American democracy, not to the people, but to the structure of government, as George Washington stunned the world by stepping down after two terms as president.

Of course, it is much more difficult to talk about that cure. Actors at home and abroad have done a great job of encouraging the uncertainty of the US election, even the President has unfoundedly claimed that mail-in ballots will be stolen from mailboxes or they will print foreign governments and send them to the US “It will be a scandal of our time!” Has done.

Ask any state, like Utah, if mail voting can be effective and secure, and you’ll hear a clear “yes.” Utah has been conducting vote-mail elections for the past eight years. Last week’s early ones went off without a hitch. Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington are the other states where the practice has been proven safe.

In the case of foreign intervention, many national agencies are working hard to ensure the protection of countries, although it is unclear whether the country is more prepared for this fall than it was in 201. Attempts to force voters to resign continue every day.

As a result, the authors warn, “Americans’ commitment to the rules and institutions of democracy is a sign of softness, segregation, conditions, or even separation at the moment when we support the need for maximum mutual restraint and unconditional restraint in our self-government system.”

The government and the media should take swift practical action, as proposed by the 2020 Committee of the University of California Irvine for election careers and the rule of law.

But beyond that, every voter has to cut the obligation and remember that the balance of power in the Constitution has still failed in his country in times of crisis. Belief in the process ensures a civic election. On the other hand, disbelief in the movement ensures the victory of bad actors.