Publisher's note: The author of this post is Mitch Kokai for the John Locke Foundation.
David Avella writes
for Townhall.com about election integrity concerns
surrounding this fall's critical contests nationwide.
- Pew Research found that most Americans (64%) favor their state allowing all voters to vote by mail or absentee ballot. The challenge is the discussion has been oversimplified as either "mail or absentee voting is good" or "mail or absentee voting is bad." The reality is that few states have experience with mail-in elections. Going into 2020, only four states conducted all mail-in elections, and it took them years to refine the process, secure the proper equipment, and train officials.
- As we have seen in state elections this year, states that have done it right provide voters with trustworthy voting and timely results. Yet, states that have done it wrong raise legitimate concerns and delay results. ...
- ... Now, connect the dots on a very plausible scenario. On Election Night, President Trump is ahead and winning in the Electoral College. Trump and Republicans are elated. Democrats and the media pundits who have made it clear they are for Biden caution that votes which have not been counted - mail-in and absentees-could well change things.
- Late on Election Night, President Trump declares victory, asks Biden to concede victory in the interests of bringing the country together. Biden refuses.
- Days turn into weeks, and the 600 lawyers already hired by the Biden campaign are in courts doing whatever it takes to advantage his candidacy. Biden slowly crawls from his deficit and starts to take over states, mostly ones run by Democrats. At some point, Biden decides he has won and demands President Trump concede. This leaves America with the nine Justices of the Supreme Court deciding which ballots are counted and which are not.
- There is only one conclusion to be reached here. The 2020 election will put a strain on the very foundations of our democracy.