(ConservativeInsider.org) – Election Day has come and gone, and this year was unlike any other. With unprecedented amounts of mail-in ballots and a record-breaking turnout, we have learned so much about the American spirit and voting this year. Let’s take a look at just a few trends that may or may not stick around.
Election Officials and Poll Watchers Are Critical
The fact that almost any US citizen can help check IDs, watch polls, and count ballots for our election is a privilege few have in the world. This year, we saw how critical it is to have trustworthy election officials with integrity and providing oversight and transparency to the process. Some states are even using the momentum from this election to recruit for next year:
Don’t forget there will be local elections in 2021. Learn how you can help your community by contacting your county elections office to become a poll worker. https://t.co/Ev1umIh3ET pic.twitter.com/ygksKil6Bo
— PA Department of State (@PAStateDept) November 25, 2020
Decentralized Policy Can Get Murky
The US Constitution gives states the power to run elections however they see fit. But, that means every state will run their polls and ballot counting differently. This created some confusion this year when some citizens did not understand why people in some states could vote early and in others, like Pennsylvania, didn’t begin counting votes until Election Day.
Audits Give Voters Confidence in the Process
With how quickly social media can spread alleged voter fraud, media attention, or lack thereof, can quickly muddy the waters of election integrity. Thankfully, most Americans were able to re-establish trust in this year’s election process when states audited their votes, including Georgia’s hand recount.
Only four states currently have risk-limiting audits in place. But, it’s likely more states will pass legislation for these confidence-boosting laws after this year.
Elections Will Always Be a Matter of National Security
From Iranian-run social media bots to Russian disinformation campaigns, we’ll likely have attempts at election interference from other nations in every future election. This year, as it was in 2016, the issue was politicized. Thankfully, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) helped protect our election without picking sides:
— Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (@CISAgov) October 31, 2020
Not Just One Election Day
Mail-in ballots and absentee voting have been getting more abundant in the past decade:
States are expanding use of vote by mail options for elections due to voter Covid safety concerns. These concerns elevated voting by mail but #EAVSdata shows voters have increasingly utilized the option to vote absentee or by mail-in for the last decade: https://t.co/350PKdxPu4 pic.twitter.com/YwA55mZGoM
— Election Asst. Comm. (@EACgov) October 31, 2020
Looking ahead, it’s likely that we will have an election week or month filled with early voting and more mail-in ballots, rather than just one single in-person Election Day.
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that participation in our incredible democracy is essential to protect our nation and our future.
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