As early voting begins in states across the country including Texas, voters are pretty shaky about how their ballots are being tabulated. A new Gallup survey finds 59% of Americans have some level of confidence in the accuracy of the election outcome (with only 19% saying they are "very" confident), matching a record low recorded by Gallup in 2008. Republicans are specifically suspect of the electoral process this year, with only 44% having any confidence in the election outcome.
With Democrats pushing mass expansion of mail-in voting and President Donald Trump railing against that idea, it isn't surprising that doubt in the electoral outcome is on the rise. Republican consultant Vlad Davidiuk says voters have good reason to doubt. "They've seen ballots being thrown in the trash, they've seen officeholders, elected officials and candidates being held liable for violations of the law, and for engaging in voter fraud," he says.
Davidiuk blames Democrats in particular for fostering a lack of confidence in the election. "Democrats have not taken the steps necessary to make sure the election that we are about to hold is free of fraud," he tells KTRH. "The Democratic Party is really pushing hard to have mass, universal vote by mail, which opens the door to an incredible amount of fraud."
The biggest concerns among voters in the Gallup survey are delayed return of absentee ballots and fraudulent means of casting votes. Davidiuk believes the left is actively undermining both of those areas. "They're pushing for mail-in ballots across the country while at the same time fighting against voter ID," he says. "They're pushing for universal registration, but at the same time fighting against cleaning up the voter rolls."