Stanford Law School professor Nate Persily, an expert on election integrity, is calling for an “autopsy” of the U.S. electoral system after the 2020 election.
“We need a national effort to secure the election,” Persily told NBC anchor Chuck Todd on Sunday in NBC News’ “Meet the Press” episode. “I hope that after this election we have an autopsy on our voting system and see what we can do to ensure that the election goes smoothly.
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– Meeting with the press (@MeetThePress) November 1, 2020
“But we really need to celebrate these local election officials,” Persily continued. “I have to tell you that in the last six months we’ve had hundreds of thousands of these local, unsung heroes, so to speak, who have spent their time adapting the electoral infrastructure to the pandemic, and they’ve done an incredible job”.
Todd mentioned a survey by UMass Amherst, which shows that 80 percent of people were concerned about possible election-related violence. In response, Persily said that one should focus on the positive.
“This is a 100-year flood of voters we are witnessing,” he said, “and although there are always reasons to be concerned and vigilant, we should not look at election day and see isolated instances of problems and assume that this is history. So while we who work in this field are always concerned about this kind of dysfunction, there is no indication now, at least in the early voting process, that this is a major problem”.
Persily’s call for a closer examination of the nation’s electoral system comes as government officials express concerns about potential voter fraud and oppression in the midst of the presidential election.
President Donald Trump’s senior campaign consultant, Jason Miller, claims that if Trump is in the lead on election day, the Democrats will try to “steal” victory.
“If you talk to a lot of smart Democrats, they believe that President Trump will be somewhere in the lead on election night with probably 280 voters somewhere in that range,” Miller told ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “And then they will try to steal him back after the election.”
Trump consultant Jason Miller: “If you talk to a lot of smart dems, they believe Trump will be ahead on election night … and then [Dems will] try to steal it back after the election.
(Stephanopoulos does not deny that Miller is “stealing” the counting of all ballots) pic.twitter.com/FMApbmVlRa
– The back calculation (@therecount) November 1, 2020
Miller continued: “We believe we will have over 290 votes on election night, so no matter what they try to do, no matter what nonsense they try to pull off, we will still have enough votes to re-elect President Trump.
Trump, alongside his Republican allies, has claimed rampant electoral fraud in the U.S. elections. The president has also demonstrated against the postal vote-even though many people have chosen to forgo personal voting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the midst of the pandemic.
There have been many complaints about potential voter fraud and voter suppression during the presidential election. One of them was a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign, which demanded the signatures of all voters in Clark County, Nevada.
Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, however, denied that the president’s re-election campaign was leading to voter suppression.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Lewandowski told Chis Wallace that Republicans care about the integrity of the election.
“Look, this is about the integrity of the process,” Lewandowski said, arguing that the country should have no problem with the Trump campaign suing to get signatures from Nevada voters.
“Verifying through the signature that the person who filled out the ballot is actually the one who signed and returned it, I don’t think anyone in America has a problem with that,” Lewandowski said. “Signature verification is something that happens in most major states that do it well.
Wallace then played a clip from Trump in which he suggested that states should be excluded from counting ballots after election day, although in many states it is common practice to count votes submitted on time last.
Lewandowski replied that Trump only wanted to “obtain as many votes as possible by election day.
“The concern is if you have some states that do not require a postmark, so we don’t know when they were filled out. They don’t require signature verification, and some states are counted 9 or 10 days after election day,” Lewandowski said. “I think we can do better in the most industrialized country in the world,” Lewandowski said.
Both the Trump and Biden campaigns did not immediately respond to Tekk.tv’s request for a comment in time for release.