In Sunday's Argus Leader, Law Professor Jonathan Turley said he believes the 2020 election was conducted fairly. Still he advises, a Federal Election Commission should be created to reduce the level of rage being felt because millions believe the election was stolen.
Also in Sunday's Argus, Senator Thune makes clear that election management is the sacred duty of each state. Election management is not a federal responsibility. It's a state responsibility to ensure eligible citizens have access to voting and that legal ballots all get counted. Furthermore, the president is elected by the people, not by Congress.
Irregularities likely occurred in the 2020 election, he writes, because they do in every election. However, there was no fraud big enough to overturn the election. Thune pointed out that 60 legal cases were taken to courts where all but one got thrown out.
Friday's Argus carried Joe Sneve's interview of Washington elected officials. Senator Rounds said he knew of several instances of documented irregularities but provided no specifics. It was these known irregularities that presumably led Rounds to allow other senators to challenge some ballot certifications on Wednesday.
Furthermore, he supports a congressional probe into election integrity, saying "Americans' faith in our electoral process is in jeopardy. We must get to the bottom of the allegations of voting irregularities." One wonders if his mindset is a witless perpetuation of the unsupported lies that got that angry mob riled up.
Dave L. Wegner
Sioux Falls, Jan. 10