Myth Buster: Was the 2020 US election really “rigged”?
By Nathalie Murillo
Typically, this Thanksgiving and Christmas season is the most beloved time of the year. Countless friends and family travel hundreds, and even hundreds of thousands of miles, simply to be home for the holidays. Moreover, the end of 2020 marks the presidential transition: the 46th US election.
In the midst of a tough year, talk of a “stolen election” continues to surge. In the face of such a question poses a much larger issue: can trust our government? What will a “rigged” US election mean for us and the world alike? And who will we turn to if the heart of what America stands for has been snatched away?
A New Era of Technology
These days, millions are questioning whether they will be rejoicing or dishearten by the election results. Taking a closer look at voting methods, e-voting has become popular in recent years. Both fast and easy to use, e-voting has been used the most during election day. In 2019, senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Ron Wyden, and Mark Pocan express concern about the use of voting machines.
According to Epoch Times, the lawmakers explain how three vendors run the software and the distribution voting machines. The exact machines that facilitate the voting process of 90 percent of all eligible voters in the US. Additionally, the lawmakers say “[Voting companies] have long skimped on security in favor of convenience.” These implications leave voting systems scattered across American territory ‘prone to security problems.’
Furthermore, voting companies patenting their voting machines forces roughly 88 million voters to trust in their state’s voting methods. And on such a critical day as election day, they can only hope their ballots are fairly counted, e-voting or not.
President Donald Trump is currently filing is against Dominion Voting Systems Corporation; a company that specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of electronic voting hardware and software.
Subsequently, investigations on Dominion for the deletion of millions of republican votes continue, leaving voters questioning the integrity of the US election. Director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, John R. Mills speaks to Epoch times: “There is this interesting intersection with legacy software of firmware developers in Venezuela and the current slate of voting machines include Dominion.”
US election vs. Venezuelan election: Is there a difference?
For instance, it is crucial to not forget the fraudulent election back in 2017 that took place in Venezuela. President of Venezuela Hugo Chaves has served the longest uninterrupted presidency in Venezuelan history. Numerous accusations pour out on Chaves for reporting a “false election turnout”, altering at least a million Venezuelan votes. Through “Chavez-Approved” election technology, “the absence of auditors…allowed for a manipulation of the turnout numbers.” This was all a part of “an ambitious plan by the government to consolidate power. Sydney Powell, Trump’s attorney, theorizes how the Dominion workers most likely tampered with ballots overnight at closed polling stations. Debates continue on whether this a pure coincidence or a malicious motive truly lies behind these companies.
As Latino-Americans breed a multiethnic population, this is very unfortunate news for those who fled their countries in search of the freedom that America offers. One Venezuelan American, Carolina Tejera, talks about how the 2020 presidential election flashes her back to the tragic moment Chavez came into power in 1998, which eventually extended to 14 years before his death back in 2013.
Tejera parallels this year’s elections to the 1998 elections where newscasters expressed more happiness than the public. Similarly, her biggest worry is the increasing censorship in American media. She says, “[Censorship] is the kind of thing you only see in socialist regimes.” Tejeras, along with a number of right-winged Americans, hope that the integrity of their nation stays intact, refusing to compromise its morals.
In conclusion, whether the US election is truly “rigged” one cannot say until late 2020 or early 2021. One can only hope America stays true to who they say they are: a nation for liberty and justice for all.