Dismissing Those Who Question Election Integrity is a Mistake

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Tulsa, OK on June 20, 2020. (Photo via Reuters/Leah Millis)

We’re now three months removed from the 2020 Presidential Election. Yet, strong feelings still exist in regards to whether that event was “rigged” or not.

An example of this can be found in the response to Mike Lindell’s recently released “Absolute Proof“. The video claims to expose “election fraud and the theft of America by enemies foreign and domestic”. Lindell, of course, is an ardent Trump supporter and CEO of My Pillow.

(Note: Full disclosure, I’ve not yet watched Absolute Proof in its entirety.)

On one side, are those who agree with Lindell— that the election was “rigged” or “stolen”. On the other, we find those who dismiss any and all claims of election fraud, irregularities, or illegalities. Somewhere in the middle are people who aren’t sure, but think it’s fair to ask questions and get answers.

The problem I’ve observed, over the course of the last three months, is that too many people are just finger-pointing and talking past one another. Name calling is more prevalent than any sense of finding answers. And that’s a huge problem for America.

Regardless of where you fall on the status of election integrity in the United States, shouldn’t any sensible American want to ensure our elections are secure? If there’s questions, wouldn’t it be wise to investigate and get answers? I think so.

But rather than even attempting to quell genuine concerns, those who have the power to investigate became dismissive instead. Their political allies — the mainstream media included — joined them in the effort. Indeed, it’s apparently easier to categorize anyone who dares to question as “conspiracy theorists” than it is to provide answers.

All this has done is cause further division in the nation. It’s unfortunate— and unnecessary. It most certainly won’t do a thing to “heal” or “unify” the country. That’s for darn sure.

In reality, failure to address the concerns of election fraud, irregularities, and illegalities is dangerous. If a citizenry at large cannot trust that change can come through the ballot box, then history tells us they often default to much more violent means. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not see that for me, my children, or my grandchildren. We can do better than that.

Despite what some folks would like us to believe, we are not talking about the “fringe” when we talk about those who — at the very least — have concerns about the recent election. A Reuters poll indicates that of 1,346 American adults (598 Democrats, 496 Republicans, and 149 Independents) 39% strongly agreed or somewhat agreed to the following statement— “I am concerned that the election is rigged.”

Then there was this question— “What comes close to your view of the 2020 election?” 28% of respondents said it was, “The result of illegal voting or election rigging.” 55% replied, “Legitimate and accurate.”

Can you see the problem here? These numbers are not exactly a ringing endorsement of election integrity in the United States.

For those who believe the 2020 election was the most secure in our nation’s history, what is there to lose by having a transparent investigation of the claims it was otherwise? Air it all out. Prove the “crazies” are just that— crazy. It’s not that complicated, is it?

Like it or not, continuing to be dismissive on the issue solves nothing. In fact, it only makes things worse. And that’s bad for America.



  1. Absolute Proof (michaeljlindell.com)
  2. topline_reuters_post_election_survey_11_18_2020.pdf (ipsos.com)
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