A Little Common Sense - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1742917

A Little Common Sense

Since November 3, constant and unsupported allegations of rampant election fraud have been made by President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and dozens of other Republican lawyers and supporters, including Lee Zeldin, our congressional representative.

I’m asking for a little common sense as we work our way toward the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Out of curiosity, I researched Pennsylvania’s election law, including Section 18 of the law, which describes penalties for 50 different types of election law violations. The penalties range from a minimum of $500 with one-year imprisonment, to $20,000 with five years of imprisonment.

Who would fraudulently cast a vote with these types of penalties? How many people could be encouraged or recruited to violate election laws with these types of penalties? How many people — voters, election board workers, state officials — would have to be in on the plan to cast so many Illegal ballots? Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by slightly over 80,000 votes — a victory margin so large engineered by fraud defies imagination.

It is the implausibility of fraudulent votes and the volume of those votes that should give all Americans pause when evaluating the election outcome, which becomes clearer with each court case: There was no widespread fraud that would invalidate President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory. The same logic applies to the other states challenged by President Trump.

Our democracy is weakened and mocked by these persistent and overreaching allegations of voter fraud.

Mike Anthony


Mr. Anthony is a former chair of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee — Ed.