Responding to calls from Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a vote recount has been initiated in Wisconsin follow the razor-thin victory by President Elect Donald J. Trump almost three weeks ago. While this in itself might not garner a fair share of the news pie, the Clinton campaign has now joined the effort.
Marc Elias, the Clinton team’s general counsel, has said the campaign would take part in the Wisconsin recount being set off by Ms. Stein and would also participate if she made good on her plans to seek recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Already a smoldering fire in all camps of the recent election, the social media world is now piling more kindling on the fire as voices of dissent begin to rise.
This raises a number of points on respecting the vote, and both sides have valid points. On the one hand, you have those that say the vote should be accurately and properly counted, so that a true and clear number is reached. This makes perfect sense to those who valid accuracy and who wish to see the vote of every American counted. It also hopes to put to rest concerns that electronic voting devices could have been hacked by people not so friendly to the United States.
On the other hand, the winning side, those who supported Donald Trump, feel the vote as it stands should be respected. Since neither side holds out much hope that a recount could actually produce election-changing results, why put the country through yet another bruising chapter of the already long-in-the-tooth 2016 election tome? Exactly when is enough enough?
People have legitimate right to be concerned about either outcome, including the long shot possibility of an election being overturned. It is unfathomable to some that the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, lost the election while garnering over 2 million more votes than the winning candidate. On the other hand, the Electoral College has decided every election since the founding of our country and while it may be time to retire the outdated format in our country, it still stands today and counts for this election.
Regardless of the various scenarios, all American people should respect the vote enough to want it to be right-even those who supported the winning candidate. I would not want to win a prize if I became aware that there were improprieties in the judging and that my win was fraudulent and if someone does want that win, even if compromised, then it shows a surprising lack of moral character on the part of that person.
Neither side should be afraid of truth. If Trump won fair and square, then he is owed the victory and the allegiance of the nation; if Clinton won, everyone should respect that as well. An overturned election would give rise to dissention and protest the likes of which we have likely never seen in this country. An upheld election probably does little to assuage the fears and worries of those on the losing side of the ticket.
One thing is certain though…by whatever means necessary, the United States needs to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the future elections of this country are unimpeachable and above reproach, worry or concern; such things give rise to the deranged conspiracy theorists that have taken over much of the social media world and who continue to stoke the fires of doubt in our electoral process. We owe it to our children to give them a country where this process, regardless of the outcome, can be judged by all to be fair and above-board. Without it, we become little different than those other nations who promote free and democratic elections while manipulating the outcomes to serve their purposes.