Donald Trump is devoting all his waning presidential power to discrediting the Democratic victories in Georgia for a resilient system—and exhorting throngs of loyalists, deluded by his incessant but baseless claims of voting fraud, to join in the sedition.
Close elections may be more thrilling—just ask the spectators in ancient arenas, we suppose—but they are not inherently more democratic. In fact, close races in a changing state like Georgia are exactly where voter suppression can be expected to pay the greatest dividends.
Why not just have a system that flexibly adapts to demographic and political changes, and is able to represent all voters?
Republicans in Congress, the preferred voices of almost exactly half of a riven nation, must make one of the most consequential choices of a fractious time: upholding constitutional democracy or declaring the American electoral system a sham.
Last week, in front of The Federalist Society—arguably the nation’s most influential conservative legal group—Justice Samuel Alito delivered a speech so partisan and political, critics are calling it “more befitting a Trump rally than a legal society.”
The drumbeat of assertions by Trump—and the decisions of top Republicans across the country to not contest, let alone contradict, him—are shaping perceptions about the sanctity of electoral democracy.
But the nearly total GOP appeasement of Trump’s behavior is showing signs of cracking.
As a career diplomat who proudly represented the United States abroad in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia and Africa, I saw firsthand how elections were stolen in repressive countries. In the days ahead, we need to make sure that every vote is counted to avoid this result at home,” writes Mark L. Asquino, the U.S. ambassador to Equatorial Guinea from 2012 to 2015, the conclusion of nearly four decades as a foreign service officer.
Four years after an attempted Russian cyber-attack on U.S. elections, many states have built or vastly expanded their own capabilities to prevent and respond to cybersecurity attacks on their voting systems and other government computers.
President Trump’s directive to his supporters “to go into the polls and watch very carefully” has magnified anxiety that the election will soon become marred by violence and voter intimidation.
Let’s break down the difference between between poll watching and electioneering.
House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a democracy reform plan, focused on a rebalancing of power to bolster Congress at the expense of the presidency, signaling it will be an early priority if their party wins control of both the White House and the entire Capitol this fall.