Easy to vote, but hard to cheat. That’s the bumper-sticker explanation for what drives election integrity.
There’s a lot at stake in elections. It’s the meeting point of political power and financial power. Those who win are in (potentially) in a position to exchange one currency for the other.
Human nature tells us there’s plenty of incentive to tip the scales in your favor. Does any of us really believe that politics and the electoral process are the unique areas in life where people are immune to the temptation of corruption?
Of course not. Iraq used the ‘purple finger’ on election day for exactly that reason. Do American leftist dare to say they think we are a more naturally ethical people than the ordinary citizen of Iraq?
They’re welcome to TRY making that argument if they think they can do it without being devoured by their own team. We, on the right, generally agree with Solzhenitsyn’s words. “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts.”
If we believe everyone is subject to temptation — including people involved in the election — then we believe wisdom requires us to secure something as important and valuable as this vote with checks and balances. In this case, audits.
There’s one problem with audits. Most governments are not excited about pouring money into recounting votes in an election they already consider ‘settled’. On the other hand, even if a result were not to be changed, audits can expose failures and security gaps in the process itself, giving us insights needed to secure future votes.
If we can optimize election security toward that sweet spot for ‘easy to vote, hard to cheat’, we can restore faith in the election process itself. You need look no further than Florida to see the cause/effect relationship of fixing that issue.
Here’s where the concerned citizen can take action.
Sound like something you could get behind?
Click through to their site FundTheAudit to find out more.
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