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2020 Isn’t Over Yet by Jackie Gingrich Cushman
« on: November 19, 2020, 08:54:49 AM »
 2020 Isn’t Over Yet

Serious questions about the legitimacy of our elections are not going to go away.

by Jackie Gingrich Cushman
November 19, 2020, 2:45 AM

This week in New York City, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was raised. I’ve watched the video several times, and it’s like watching a train wreck — I can’t look away. As it was raised, many of the tree’s lower limbs fell off, revealing incredibly large gaps. Unless a magician is in charge of decorating the tree, it will end up being the perfect symbol for 2020, a frightening reminder of the horribleness of this year. 2020 is the year of everything ugly.

Many of us, understandably, just want to move on to 2021, to a time that might just be better. But in our rush to move forward, we should not ignore real issues that need to see the light of day, regardless of the outcome.

While many Americans and most news outlets are moving forward with a presumptive win for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, we should all remember that 2020 is not over yet. Many Americans believe that the election was held unfairly and that the current reported outcome is inaccurate.

According to a poll sponsored by the Economist and conducted by YouGov, an overwhelming majority of Trump voters, 86 percent, believe that Biden “did not legitimately win the election,” while 73 percent indicated that we’ll “never know the real outcome of this election.” Considering that Trump voters accounted for roughly half of the total, over 40 percent of our voters don’t believe the election was legitimate. This is a real problem for the future of our country.

Even if you believe that the election was fair and Biden did win, these numbers should make you stop and think about the long-term impact of a lack of trust in American elections. Going through the process correctly to ensure transparency and visibility should be everyone’s top goal. If the election was conducted correctly, there should be no issue with bringing everything to light.

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