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A solution in search of a problem


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 26, 2021 - 6:54 PM

Multiple state legislatures, including here in Georgia, are hard at work addressing what we are being told is a major problem in the United States.

The problem, according to them, is the threat of voter fraud. It has been reported that some 250 new voting bills have collectively been introduced. We simply must, in their view, restore confidence in our electoral system and processes.

I chose to vote in the Presidential Election of 2020 via mail-in ballot primarily due to COVID-19. Within a few days of dropping off my ballot I was able to check its status at the My Voter Page of the Georgia Secretary of State. It confirmed that my ballot had both been received and accepted.

Restore confidence? Do we really have a problem in America with our election system? Since our recent presidential election I have never been more confident when casting my vote. Numerous recounts across the nation in the aftermath of the election verified both the results and accuracy of our elections.

So exactly who is driving this narrative that is trying to convince the American electorate that we not only have an election integrity problem, but it is of paramount importance that we address it through legislation?

Clearly, it is being driven by a former president who failed in his bid to secure a second term, and his party. They were beating the drums of voter fraud long before the election and it reached stupefying proportions post-election. It ultimately led, unfortunately, to one of the darkest days in the history of our Republic.

Now the promotion of what is being labeled as the “Big Lie” has moved to statehouses. Commenting on Georgia’s numerous bills that have been introduced to address the phantom problem of voter fraud, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated, “At the end of the day, many of these bills are reactionary to a three month disinformation campaign that could have been prevented.”

Yes indeed this all could have been prevented. None of this would have been necessary if the results of the election would have been acknowledged by an incumbent president and his Party.

Instead, we are still dealing with the aftermath of what they have wrought.

The editorial board of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution summed it up quite nicely when they opined that those in the Georgia legislature introducing bills to restore faith in election integrity are offering a “solution in search of a problem.”

Lawrence Burns

Newnan