by Debbie Wuthnow
President of iVoterGuide
I’m grieved when someone says they are so discouraged by voter fraud that they don’t plan to vote. But I’m glad when someone asks, “What can I do?” We cannot be ready to wave the white flag; we must fight to preserve our freedom.
Voter fraud is a problem—in some areas, a big problem. This is no excuse to stay out of elections; this is a reason to engage even more. As believers, we must trust that God is sovereign but also do what we can to tackle this problem.
But how do we do that? What can you and I do to protect the integrity of our elections? As it turns out, we can do a lot! Here are practical ways to take responsibility for election integrity in your state:
How do you know whether the elections in your county are being conducted according to the law? Become a poll watcher to find out. Poll watchers make sure election workers are enforcing and observing the law when ballots are cast and counted. In short, poll watchers provide accountability. To become a poll watcher, you may need to be appointed by a candidate, political party, or issue group.
Inform yourself about best practices for securing elections. What is your state doing to protect election integrity? This is not iVoterGuide’s area of expertise, but you can find an assessment of your state’s laws from the Heritage Foundation’s Election Integrity Scorecard. Then contact your elected officials to request that they do more to secure your elections.
Find out where your candidates stand on election integrity. For example, when iVoterGuide evaluates candidates for state legislature, governor, Secretary of State, and other state offices, we ask whether they believe people should be able to vote without photo identification. You may need to do your own research if your candidates failed to answer our questionnaire or if our voter guide doesn’t cover every election on your ballot (yet!).
Tell 10 friends to register to vote. The simplest way to counter election fraud is to overwhelm it with legitimate votes. Point your friends to our article, Now’s the Time to Register to Vote, to get them started!
Serve as an election worker. Did you know that in 2016, two election workers in Texas conspired to illegally cast a ballot for one of their daughters? Thankfully, other election workers noticed and reported the fraud. This is just one example of the need for honest people to serve in these positions. You can find out how to serve through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Vote! This is the most basic act of defiance against voter fraud. In response to the question, “Will my vote count?”, a good friend and iVoterGuide staff member said,
“There is a way to secure a 100% guarantee that your vote will not count: stay home and let others make the decisions on who should have power to impact your life and family.”
The fewer people who vote, the easier it is to swing an election. That’s true with legal or fraudulent votes! If you and I stay home, we censor ourselves and fulfill the fraudsters’ wishes. We become the perpetrators of cancel culture by cancelling ourselves! Don’t give in!
Do you believe God is sovereign? I do. Let’s live like Christ truly is on the throne . . . which He is. “For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1) God created governments, and He appoints rulers, kings, and even presidents.
How big is your God? There is no problem too great for my God! He is not confounded when sinful people try to subvert justice, order, and liberty. He has put us here “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
Let’s not grow weary of doing good (including voting wisely!), even when evil appears very powerful. Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Let’s not flee from our duty when we are in the right.
Stay informed. Stay active. Know what your candidates believe . . . and vote boldly!
For our future,