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Is Democracy In Trouble?

11/30/2016 09:25 am ET | Updated 5 days ago

I live in the state of North Carolina. We had an election on November 8 for governor. It has still not been declared over. Our Republican governor refuses to admit that he has been defeated and his party is engaged in a long and exhausting challenge to over half of the county boards of election. Perhaps one of the things that makes it so obvious is that none of the other contested state election are being challenged. The governor is claiming that great voter fraud happened in Durham County. But if that county had that kind of fraud, it would seem obvious that other elections should have been effected in some way.

This is just one of the fifty states in our union. The whole question of voter fraud, illegal ballots, computer deceit, and miscounts is being raised in lots of other states. The problem of voter fraud and stolen elections has been raised in other states and other counties in the past. This is not the first time there have been questions about the legality of the elections. One has to wonder whether this massive questioning of the voting results on the local and national level is eroding the confidence of the citizens in our election process.

There is already the great issue that almost half of the eligible voters did not vote. They did not believe it made a difference. They already do not trust the process. They do not believe that their vote will be counted and their desires achieved through the election process.

There is evidence that voting does not change much. As much as the cry and demand for change was raised in this past presidential primaries, the incumbents won 94 percent of the elections. That is hardly change. Voting did not make any difference in the make up of the Congress.

Now with this month long attack upon the election results, with Trump claiming the vote was count was a fraud, with the Green Party paying for recounts, and the whole popular vote versus the Electoral College vote, the seeds of doubt and loss of confidence in the election process has a great potential to prepare our country for a difference form of government. If we do not believe that voting matters, then we may well be vulnerable to a dictator or a coup.

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