The integrity of our democracy depends on the integrity of our elections. This year has brought attention to this issue in unprecedented levels. When there is a problem with the integrity of our elections, the League of Women Voters is the first to speak out.
Voting brings us together as Americans – it is the one time when we are all equal. Every vote counts and our votes make a difference. While careful scrutiny and safeguards for fair elections are critically important, peddling false claims about the integrity of our elections is a direct threat to America’s cherished democratic process
According to Rick Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, voter fraud rarely happens in small, local elections and there is no evidence to suggest voter fraud widespread enough to impact outcomes of a national election. Bipartisan supervision of elections and a highly decentralized elections (local officials from Secretaries of State to county Clerks and Recorders coordinate elections) make widespread rigging of an election nearly impossible. Instead, Hasen warns of mounting evidence of voter suppression and voter intimidation.
With Colorado’s vote by mail system, these forms of intimidation and suppression may be less of a threat than in states where most voters vote in person on Election Day. Nonetheless, ballot harvesting and confusion over election details mean that voting rights and education for voting processes continue to demand our attention.
Any voter confused about issues can visit VOTE411.org and any voter facing challenges can contact the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
For information about voting in Larimer County, go to the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder’s election webpage. For information on voting throughout Colorado, visit the Secretary of State’s Election page GoVoteColorado.com