Rhetoric on voter fraud, suppression erodes confidence in elections, says polling editor

RealClearPolitics Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon said on Monday that Republican and Democratic rhetoric on voter fraud and suppression has contributed to the public's lack of confidence in the electoral process. 

"The Democrats talk incessantly about voter suppression even when it doesn't exist. The Republicans talk about voter fraud, but they can never quite find the fraud," Cannon told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"I think the two parties ought to stop talking like this, and I think it contributes to the lack of confidence," he continued.  

Accusations of voter fraud and suppression have marked a handful of races in the most recent midterm elections, including in the Georgia gubernatorial race and the Florida Senate race. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) both alleged voter fraud in that state's Senate race after Scott's lead over incumbent Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line MORE (D-Fla.) narrowed as votes started coming in from Broward and Palm Beach counties after Election Dight. 

Scott prevailed in the contest after maintaining a narrow margin over Nelson following the results of a manual recount on Sunday.

In Georgia's gubernatorial race, Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her campaign on Friday after she said she saw "no legal path forward" against Republican Brian Kemp.

Abrams and her Democratic supporters accused Kemp, who formerly served as Georgia's secretary of state, of voter suppression. 

— Julia Manchester