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Webb: Election integrity is America's survival

Webb: Election integrity is America's survival
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A straightforward question for everyone. Doesn’t matter whether you’re a Trump supporter, Democrat, Libertarian, however you identify politically, or not at all.

Do you want the presidential election or any other ballots to be counted accurately and that only legal ballots are counted?

We have a process that is outlined in the Constitution, carried out by the states to the point of certification, and that allows for legal challenges to be brought and once all are completed, the responsibility moves to the Electoral College. Until there is certification and all legal challenges have been addressed in our system, there is, regardless of party, no president-elect. The media, any interested party, political or otherwise, do not get to determine that there is a president-elect. It could very well be that when the process is over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE has defeated our current President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE and is the president-elect.

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The fever pitch at which narratives are being created and reported based on ideological preference does more harm than good to our elections system. To deny that hasty and faulty decisions were made about how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic is not a partisan observation but a reality. Regardless of candidate preference, I and many others tried to explain to Americans on various media platforms that this would do damage to our elections system.

On the Republican side, there were significant efforts by the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and states with the willingness to have a verifiable elections process. This ran afoul of the efforts largely from the Democrats to institute a mail-in balloting and widespread absentee balloting system that did not require the request of the voter. As a result of badly managed voter rolls in many states, it was easy to predict that there would be massive amounts of invalid ballots sent out to residents. In fact, there are many examples and some so egregious that they would require additional scrutiny with both major parties involved. The highest level of transparency and uniform application standards would help remove much of the doubt that’s been cast about this recent election which is still playing out.

We’re at a point now where the legal challenges from the campaign, various parties-based committees and outside organizations are attempting to work through the legal system in days and weeks to meet constitutional deadlines. Time is a huge factor and if the validity of the election outcome is not resolved with some certainty, there will be tens of millions of unsatisfied and outright angry Americans. This is not good for the country.

Those who would deny that there is a process or like to push it aside because it involves Donald Trump are doing a disservice, in some cases deliberately, to our constitutional republic. Of course, there are those who would like to see faith in our elections system diminished or outright destroyed because they see a different America than the one that exists today. Flawed as our country may be in some ways, we have a strong foundation in our free and fair elections. If this trust is weakened significantly, who benefits? Certainly not the citizens who are the true foundation of the country. But also, any within our borders be they citizens, legal residents or illegal aliens.

It would also be foolish not to think that this cannot have a global effect. America does not only exist as a shining beacon for many around the world but is in fact actively a part of sustaining better nations and working to improve those that are not. If America is diminished, other nations will pay a price. In a simple example, a weakened America cannot provide the level of aid that others need.

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Different ideas on what form Americans should maintain or take on in the future is something we can debate even in vehement disagreement. However, those who want a singular outcome that does not allow for alternative thought are not interested in America as a free nation but power to control.

Many of you will immediately as you often do respond to this with derision and hate. It has no effect on me. Ask yourself if in a different America with power structure where freedom is only a word in the dictionary, would you be allowed to respond without recrimination?

If freedom with its risks is what you prefer, think carefully. If not, this wasn’t for you anyway.

Webb is host of “The David Webb Show” on SiriusXM Patriot 125, host of “Reality Check with David Webb” on Fox Nation, a Fox News contributor and a frequent television commentator. His column appears twice a month in The Hill.