Elections are not inviolable | Comments | San Luis Obispo
I found it hard to understand that there is something wrong with wanting, or even requiring, that elections be transparent and open to scrutiny. As taxpayers, we bought the equipment, we pay for the office space, we pay the people who work in those spaces. As taxpayers, we should certainly have access to all aspects of the electoral process.
Let’s be honest, there are tons of ways to cheat in an election. Cheating occurs at all levels. What makes us think this does not happen in our elections? A mother from Pensacola, Florida hacked into school computers to alter the votes so her daughter won the prom queen. What we have at stake is much bigger than a graduation party. Let us not be so naive that cheating never happens or that our electoral process is free from tampering.
An article written by Alfred Ng on February 18, 2020, explained how a promising product, made by Microsoft called ElectionGuard, addresses the crucial concern of American democracy: the integrity of the vote. The article said: “With ElectionGuard, Microsoft is not looking to create an impossible to hack vote – no one thinks it is possible – but rather a vote in which hackers would be quickly noticed.”
In 2017, US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) expressed her concerns, saying, âFree and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. It is clear that a foreign opponent tried to undermine our elections, and now we learn that as many as 39 states may have been affected by Russian hackers. “
In âElectoral System in Crisisâ, written on July 25, 2016, âthe portrait of an electoral system in crisis is also supported by reports from organizations responsible for the integrity of the elections, the media and individuals on the networks. social networks whereby voting takes place from a corrupt environment. This contextual evidence of voters struck off the lists, registrations lost in the mail, party registrations altered without the elector’s knowledge or intention, voters who received incorrect ballots, a shortage ballots, closed polling stations, daunting lineups in targeted constituencies and states, and worrying disparities between the initial exit polls and official results, gives credit to the argument that if one form of fraud is already involved, another form of fraud is more plausible. “
Voter integrity is a dynamic and complex issue, but if we are to have confidence in the votes we cast, then this issue must be addressed. I applaud our three members of the Supervisory Board who were ready to recognize the issue of electoral integrity.
It’s time to be good stewards of our voting process. It is time for us to face the possibility of electoral interference and fraud. Let’s not be afraid to take a closer look behind the curtain. As taxpayers, we deserve full transparency. Î
Hollye Parsley wrote to the New Times from Atascadero. Send a response for publication to [email protected]