Monday, December 6, 2021

Voting mistrust, conspiracy theories likely to continue despite smooth election in 2021

Tuesday’s election had the same problems as Election Day that were quickly resolved: power outages, technical problems with equipment or too few ballots at particular polling places. Confusion prevails in New Jersey over the reporting of election results on social media. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciatarelli had yet to admit, but said after the election that he did not want supporters to “be victims of wild conspiracy theories or online rumors.”

Ahead of Virginia’s high-profile gubernatorial election, Trump said in a statement that he “did not believe in the integrity of Virginia’s elections, that a lot of bad things happened, and are going on.” Yet in his statement congratulating Republican Glenn Youngkin, Trump made no mention of fraud and attributed the victory to his own supporters.

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Matt Masterson, a former top election security official in the Trump administration, noted that there has been little change in how elections in the US are going between 2020 and this year.

“These are the same systems, the same people, the same processes,” Masterson said. “Election officials did their job in 2020, and they did it again in 2021.”

They were quickly apprehended when problems arose. The Ohio Secretary of State conducted an administrative oversight of the home of the state’s most populous county, Columbus, after it failed to properly update its ballot books and allowed three people to cast ballots twice, although this prevented any The race results were not affected.


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