Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Through most election cycles across America, we’ve been concerned about poor voter turnout. Seemed like people were too busy with their lives to pay attention to politics. Many felt that politics and election results didn’t have a real personal connection to them. Standing in line or requesting a ballot wasn’t vitally important. That all changed in 2020.
Despite a raging pandemic that has become the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., more Americans voted in 2020 than in any other election in history. Regardless of party or candidate choice, over 155 million of us took democracy seriously and cast a ballot. The number of ballots cast via mail was beyond anyone’s expectation. And while it took a little longer to count these votes, not a single state reported any fraud or irregularities of any serious consequence — not a single state!
Amazingly, the GOP, who famously decried “frivolous lawsuits,” is now a party to a continuing exercise in legal misbehavior in order to pander to the juvenile rants of the loser. Instead of applauding the record-setting numbers, we hear calls for action that will suppress future turnouts. Even the CG Dispatch carried an editorial this past Saturday that said, “The pandemic led to widespread mailing of ballots that were not solicited, which is much different than the system Arizona uses. That should not be repeated. While the election results appear to be mostly valid, elections are too important to be left open to potential fraud.” With no evidence of fraud among ballots by mail, why would they need to cast doubt?
Let’s applaud Americans for being engaged citizens — thanks for voting.