Potential Election Crisis Looms in November

RealClearPolicy

By Sean Roberts

Viewers who watched the final moments of last week’s presidential debate got a glimpse of the potential crisis facing the United States in November. President Trump sharply criticized expanded voting-by-mail, warned that it will result in widespread fraud and mistakes, and committed to challenging results he deemed unfair. Former Vice President Joe Biden dismissed potential concerns about fraud and other problems resulting from absentee balloting.

As with much of the conversation during the debate, the truth was somewhere in the middle. Rapidly expanding voting-by-mail, combined with weak state infrastructure, increases the potential for mistakes, ballot harvesting and other forms of election fraud, as well as possibilities for rejecting or disputing ballots. But while these problems are real, an even more serious danger may be Americans on both sides buying into the partisan rhetoric and losing faith in our Constitutional order and the Rule of Law.

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