Is there Voter Fraud
Voter fraud is a large part of today’s social commentary. It is more of a concern for Republicans with the president’s avoidance of concession. But people generally agree that there is some voter fraud. The question today, is it significant? Is it possible for a segment of the population to “Steal the election?” My opinion is no, but the truth is, I don’t know. There are gerrymandering and voter suppression, but those are topics for other articles. How much can we trust our election system is my question? Many have suggested that Trump’s attacks on the elections hurt America. But even so, it is a question needing an answer. With one hundred and fifty million votes, it is hard to think that there were no errors. I also believe that the states and people who participate in the elections are honest and well-meaning, or the great majority of them. I am too skeptical to think some people don’t cheat. Again, is it significant? Do the checks in place accomplish their purpose?
I believe the court decisions that continue to validate the election results show that elections are honest and accurate. I trust the process. But if nothing else, the president suggesting mail-in ballots are prone to fraud makes it more likely that people will fraudulently use mail-in voting in the future. I like the idea of a federal system and a single standard for all states, but that’s a significant change and perhaps not the best option.
My idea is likely an unpopular one, but I offer it as an answer to the uncertainty resulting from the president’s challenge. My suggestion is online voting. Cast your vote electronically from your connected device. We can’t trust computers for something so important I hear people yelling in concern. But online transactions are taking over commerce. We have learned how to validate someone’s identity. For all its problems, the systems keep improving. I contend that voting, counting, auditing, and validating would be more accurate with online voting.
It is noteworthy that one hundred and fifty million people voted in this presidential election. I find the logistics of handling that number of ballots hard to comprehend. The costs must be staggering. Our voting systems have changed and adjusted as our population grew. What was a good idea 250 years ago may no longer be a good idea. Moving to an automated system would need to be gradual. Start small in a local election, continue refinement, establish and improve audit trials and validations. One hundred and fifty million is not a large number for computers. We could not go online-only, but like shopping, the trend to online would continue to grow and soon dominate. Smaller numbers of paper ballots would be easier to manage and decrease over time.
We cannot trust computers is a common sentiment, one that I share. The bigger question is, can we trust the human processes? The president says no, although I think he’d like online voting even less than mail-in ballots. I think the voting system is honest, but a computer system would be harder to cheat, cheaper to run, faster, and more accurate. It would be easier to adjust to problems, changing populations and laws.