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How to Stymie Your Election-Denying Friends this Thanksgiving

Jeff Hall

Posted on November 22, 2022 15:48

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This trick question seems to work every time.

I think the American people are getting tired of all the accusations -- coming mostly from Republicans -- about election fraud.

First of all, this is a very serious charge in a democracy, not to be taken lightly. 

But after years of listening to these charges, made mainstream by Donald Trump and his followers, where is the proof?  There have been countless lawsuits, audits and recounts, and nobody ever finds any fraud. 

Once in a while we learn of someone who slipped in a vote for his dead mother.  While instances like this are bad and should be prosecuted, a few fake votes here and there wouldn't tip an election. 

Widespread voter fraud seems to be a myth put forward by candidates who know they will likely lose -- or who have already lost.  It's funny how winning Republicans never claim voter fraud once they've been proclaimed the winner.

But the myth persists.  I have several Republican friends who like to point out this story or that, and they can hammer you with all these allegations so quickly and so non-stop it makes your head spin. 

But, upon examination, there's usually an explanation -- like the vote counter in Georgia who was caught on tape handing her daughter, also a vote counter, a piece of gum (instead of a thumb drive). 

During the most recent election, held a few weeks ago, I was very impressed with the voting machinery.  I had to sign in, the digital display was big and simple, the system printed out all my votes so I could examine them one last time before hitting "submit."  Upon clicking that button, the system sucked my ballot into the machine, much like depositing a check into an ATM machine. 

Later, if there were a question about vote counts, it would be very easy to compare the electronic tabulation to the paper copies. I'm no genius, but it looks like the system would be really hard to hack. 

So when my Republican friends go on and on about voter fraud, I stop them and ask them: "Do you think Democrats are competent?" 

The immediate answer is always a resounding "NO!" or "Hell, no!" (or something far nastier). 

They point out how bad cities are that are run by Democrats, as proof.

Then I follow up with this series of questions: "OK, you say Democrats are incompetent. If they are so incompetent, how could they possibly steal elections all across the country and leave NO evidence that they have done this?  Where are the fingerprints, digital or otherwise?  Wouldn't the Democrats have to be pretty darned competent in order to do what you are suggesting?"

This stymies them for a moment or two.  They just fell into the trap I set -- and they know it.

Then, a few seconds later, they bounce back: "It only takes one really smart programmer to hack these systems."

It's relentless. I find it wearisome. I think more and more Americans are feeling the same way.

 

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on November 22, 2022 15:48

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