Since its inception, America has used a simple vote count to determine the outcome of its elections, granting one vote per citizen. However, many experts believe that this method is far too simplistic and does not take into account the many adverse factors that influence peoples’ voting decisions, such as propaganda, voter suppression, misinformation and false accusations.
During this election, we saw perhaps the most shocking form of election rigging in our country’s history, as Russia hacked into the emails of top Democratic officials in an unprecedented attempt to rig the election in Trump’s favor. In collaboration with Wikileaks, Russia released thousands of stolen emails, giving the alternative media fuel to discredit the Clinton campaign, and because of these leaks, many Clinton voters may not vote, or worse, may switch to Trump.
In addition, numerous false accusations have been made against Hillary, from the discredited emails ‘scandal’ to the claim that she is suffering from a terminal illness. The investigation into Hillary’s emails has seriously harmed the Clinton campaign, despite the fact that it has already been discredited by the both the FBI and the Attorney General. And as if the initial investigation was not enough, the FBI has now been pressured by the alternative media into re-opening it, dealing another devastating blow to the Clinton campaign.
Numerous reports also indicate that conservatives are planning a mass voter suppression attempt on election day, which will involve harassing groups of Hispanics who look as if they may be undocumented, and demanding to see voter IDs, which they know minorities and women are less likely to have.
It is expected that during each election, all political parties should engage in civil discourse and refrain from using unfair tactics to damage their opposition. But sadly this year the Republicans have used every dirty trick in the book, and have managed to give Trump, an openly racist, sexist and Islamaphobic candidate, a fighting chance of winning this election. Many misinformed voters will vote for Trump next week because they believe the many lies emanating from his campaign, and yet without seasonal adjustments, these votes will be counted along with the informed votes. In the interest of fairness and accuracy, this years’ election result simply has to be adjusted to reflect the lies, deceptions and smear attempts of the Trump campaign, or we may face a disastrous shock result that we will have to live with and regret for the next four years.