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above: Gwinnett County elections supervisor Kristi Royston, left, gives instructions to individuals waiting in line for early in-person voting at the Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections Office Monday, May 18, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Ga. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS/Alamy Live News)

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Easy to Vote, Easy to Cheat

Republican ‘election integrity’ efforts may be hurting more than helping.
Peruse left-wing media reports and Twitter trends and one will discover that claims that “Trump won” are labeled as misinformation. Polling numbers, however, show that many Americans hold exactly the opposite view, and think that Biden’s claim to the presidency is questionable.
 
Underlying such contention is the thorny question of who is and who is not eligible to participate in political life via the ballot box. Unfortunately, America’s media and public intellectuals seem determined to place this question outside the limits of proper debate; meanwhile conservatives bark up the wrong tree when seeking to restore election integrity, employing cognitive dissonance in their slogans regarding the issue. If conservatives hope to reclaim constitutional government, they must address this flawed approach and seek a different path.
 
The 2020 presidential election was always going to be strange. The COVID-19 lockdowns provided the occasion for a dramatic expansion of early and absentee voting. Whether this shift was opportunistic or necessary, it set the stage for a chaotic election night. With an unprecedented volume of alternative voting mechanisms at work, it was hardly surprising that results were reported in an irregular manner.
 
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