Time to move on

Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 election. We are weeks away from the certification of that result.

Biden has 306 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 232.

Biden leads the popular vote by 5.5 million.

Biden has leads of …

  • 157,772 votes in Michigan.
  • 82,209 votes in Pennsylvania.
  • 33,596 votes in Nevada.
  • 20,565 votes in Wisconsin.
  • 13,558 votes in Georgia.
  • 10,457 votes in Arizona.

Would a recount do anything to the results?

No.

Reuters, which is a well-respected international news organization, conducted a study in coordination with the non-partisan group Fair Vote that looked at 31 statewide recounts between 2000 and 2019 and found that recounts on average shifted the outcome by 0.024%. The average swing between the top two candidates in the recounts was 282 votes, with a median (middle) of 219 votes. These margins right now are very substantial and thus a recount would not shift the outcome of the election especially — in states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.

Is there widespread voter fraud?

No.

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. How do we know this? We trust our security and intelligence agencies and our judicial system.

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released a joint statement from the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council & the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees that said: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” They also stated: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”

President Trump, of course, did not like this finding and fired the director.

The Trump Campaign legal team, which has seen many lawyers jump ship in the past few weeks, has continued to file lawsuits in court and spew conspiracy theories in public. The judicial system has responded to these lawsuits.

There have been approximately 12 lawsuits from the Trump Campaign that have been denied or dismissed across the country that stems from the Trump Campaign asserting fraud without evidence. There are many other lawsuits out there from the GOP that have also been denied or dismissed. Only a handful still are pending due to administrative procedures.

Is there a conspiracy against Trump?

No.

As much as it hurts to lose such a race like this, people should trust our judicial system and intelligence and security agencies. They have a duty to protect us and our election, not serve a candidate’s purpose to get elected or re-elected. Americans should trust the state election officers who, for years, have conducted fair and safe elections. Some of the are states that in question by the Trump Campaign are Republican-controlled. They have Republican secretaries of states, Republican governors, and Republican-controlled state legislature.

Are these Republicans conspiring against Trump? No.

Do not let Trump and his ragtag gang of lawyers try to fool you. We are better than that.

This was a fair and secure election. The people spoke and thus we move forward with the people’s choice.

Bradley DeMers is senior studying political science at FHSU. He is a former Student Government Association president and has worked for politicians in both main political parties.

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