It is November the 8th. Election Day has finally arrived following a seemingly endless cycle which has at times threatened the very fabric of the American electorate and American democracy. If nothing else, what has been made abundantly clear throughout the process is that millions of Americans want change. Some sort of change. The majority of Americans (61%) believe the country is on the wrong track are tired of politics as usual. The majority of Americans (66%) are also concerned that voting counts will not be accurate and their vote will not be properly counted, echoing Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election is “rigged”. As voters make their way to their polling places, or have already voted, what evidence has been documented thus far?
- There have been numerous instances of faulty voting machines reported across the country. Gizmodo is keeping a constantly updated list of such reported cases.
- There have been multiple allegations of voters casting more than one ballot during the early voting period. Perhaps giving some credence to thoughts of a rigged election. However, the fact that Donald Trump told his supporters to vast multiple ballots may be driving such cases. Voters who are worried their vote will not be properly counted may be voting more than once in an attempt to guarantee their vote is tabulated as voted.
- Fears of a rigged election has also driven some in the electorate to volunteer as “poll watchers”. This led to multiple lawsuits filed by Democrats in states across the country in an attempt to stave off potential voter intimidation efforts. And there have been reports of voter intimidation and voter suppression at polling places across the country. Especially targeting minority voters.
- Donald Trump has alleged voter fraud in Nevada over early voting hours which he says benefitted Hillary Clinton. His campaign also filed a lawsuit over the issue, which was subsequently dismissed by a Nevada judge.
- Trump supporters have taken to social media with allegations of voter fraud.
- There have also been multiple allegations by both political parties that the other is attempting to suppress voter turnout in key states in order to benefit their nominee.
- Finally, long lines and long wait times at polling places driven by concerns of a rigged election may actually prevent some from being able to cast their ballot.