GOP election reforms search to resolve an issue that does not exist

As he lay dying in a Washington hospital in 1998, Mo Udall, as soon as a Democratic presidential candidate and a 30-year congressman from Arizona, was visited a former Home colleague, Father Robert Drinan.

Earlier than even a howdy, Udall mentioned, “Bob, once I die, I wish to be buried in Chicago.” Udall had no means lived there. When an incredulous Drinan requested why, Udall replied, “I need keep lively in politics.”

Chicago, years earlier, had been identified for its political corruption. Posthumous voting was frequent. At this time, that old-time dishonest doesn’t exist wherever in our nation and has not for many years.

Within the 2016 presidential election, there have been solely a pair confirmed voting violations. Iowa had a complete of 1 out of 1.7 million votes solid, of which one million have been early and mail-in, ostensibly essentially the most simply corrupted. That single “huge fraud” was a vote for Donald Trump.

In Illinois, a girl solid her husband’s absentee poll. He had died simply days earlier than. They each voted for Donald Trump, as soon as legally and as soon as illegally.

Broader research haven’t discovered proof of huge or coordinated voting fraud. The Washington Publish reviewed elections from 2000 to 2014. They discovered 31 unlawful votes out of greater than a billion solid.

The Brennan Heart, a non-partisan public coverage heart, checked the 2016 election and concluded that there was “a higher probability to be struck lightning” than discover a fraudulent vote.


For the reason that 2020 election, Donald Trump and his allies have endlessly repeated cries of “huge voter fraud.” They provide no proof, as a result of they’ve none. But, most of those that voted for Trump nonetheless consider it. They exist in an alternate actuality.

Like children who consider within the tooth fairy, nothing intrudes into what they wish to consider. An excellent instance exists right here. Iowa legislators, who do or ought to know higher, pursued election regulation modifications to resolve an issue that doesn’t exist. They don’t seem to be alone, however a part of a coordinated nationwide marketing campaign.

There are presently look-alike efforts in not less than 33 states to restrict voting within the guise of wanted change. In Iowa, Republican senators would reduce early voting from 29 to20 days, shut polls an hour earlier, and in a weird effort to make sure honesty, set up felony penalties for “rogue” county auditors, most of whom are, after all, Republicans. The hypocrisy is appalling.

These proposals have one clear goal: make it tougher for many who may vote Democratic to take action. An inalienable proper is eviscerated for petty partisan functions.

Their justification has nothing to do with “information,” however with “beliefs” which aren’t self-evident nor past fact-checking. A sponsor of the laws mentioned, “77 p.c of Republicans consider there was fraud.” A lot of the Republican Senate caucus “consider the election was stolen.”

That’s horrifying. Authorities run on fantasy or rumour isn’t a democratic dream, however a nightmare. It means legislating not on proof and accessible data, however on political babble.

Voting in our nation is sincere, correct, and a blessing to not be messed with for reasonable partisan functions.

Norman Sherman of Coralville has labored extensively in politics, together with as Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s press secretary, and authored a memoir “From Nowhere to Someplace.”

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