“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -President Abraham Lincoln
Every week until Election Day, I will continue to provide information about voting. Why? Because in all my years participating in and watching elections, I have never seen so much deliberate disinformation about alleged voter fraud designed to undermine confidence in our democracy and our election system.
This is not and must not be a partisan issue.
Are mistakes sometimes made by state and local elections officials? Yes, of course. They should be exposed and corrected. Are there examples of foreign governments trying to affect U.S. national election outcomes through social media disinformation? Unfortunately, yes. They should be exposed and prosecuted. But there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could possibly affect the outcome of a presidential election.
Thankfully, fighting election disinformation is and must be a bipartisan issue. The National Association of Secretaries of State has launched the bipartisan #TrustedInfo2020 education initiative. To his credit, Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is among the many state and local election officials warning against spreading election disinformation, noting that posting conspiracy theories about voting that cast doubt on the fairness and accuracy of U.S. elections shouldn’t be tolerated.
So please read these articles. Know your rights, know the truth, and spread the truth.
See the Voting Resource Guide that our Racial Justice Public Action Work Group has set up. We update it weekly.
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Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law | Cleveland State University
Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law