December 9, 2016 – With the recent outcry about “fake news,” you would think public figures and media pundits would try to avoid it rather than generate it. Yet, election reform is in jeopardy of being neutralized by media charges of partisanship. Nothing could be further from the truth. So, here’s an “open letter” to President-elect Trump.
Dear President-elect Trump:
Congratulations on winning the 2016 presidential election. While we may have disagreed on numerous issues during the campaign, I respect your victory and will support your presidency.
One issue upon which I believe we actually share common ground is the need for substantive election reform.
I suffered a significantly tougher road to ballot access than you because I lacked your celebrity status. I doubt that you would find the present system to be fair. I’d like to work with your Administration to address that disparity.
As we have learned, party operatives also tried to skew the primary process toward their favored candidate during this year’s election cycle. I’d like to work with your Administration to address that disparity.
There is also strong evidence to suggest that voter fraud does in fact exist. While it generally does not appear to be significant enough to sway most elections, that does not mean we should not try to eliminate it. I’d like to work with your Administration to address that issue.
Election fraud is a far more sinister element that is lurking in the shadows of our electoral process. We have known for years that our systems can be hacked. We have simply pretended that it can’t happen. The challenge is that it is difficult to detect without forcing states to capture images of each ballot and to appropriately treat those images as public record. You’ll notice that I’ve filed a number of lawsuits in that regard to bring this issue to the attention of the public. I’d like to work with your Administration to address it.
Finally, we need recount processes in place that allow us to effectively and efficiently test the validity of our elections. As you may be aware, I originally filed for recounts in Wisconsin (which you won) and Nevada (which former Secretary Clinton won). The margins of victory in those two states were almost identical, and I thought it was proper to test both.
However, Wisconsin’s recount process is extremely complicated and overwhelmingly expensive. As the fee was approaching $4 million dollars, I withdrew from the Wisconsin recount.
Nevada offered a much more reasonable approach. It provided a partial recount process that was far more efficient and affordable than Wisconsin’s.
Nevada allows a candidate to “sample” the election by testing 5% of the vote. The candidate gets to pick the counties and precincts in which the recount is conducted, which is fair. While it is premature to discuss whether the actual recount process was effective in confirming the validity of the vote, at least the state made the exercise available. I’d like to work with your Administration to expand that approach to every state, so that we can restore our Nation’s confidence in the vote.
As President, you will have the opportunity to have a tremendous impact on our Nation. I hope election reform becomes one of your top priorities during your first 100 days. The DNC and RNC have chosen litigious paths in an effort to block transparency and reform. It will take real leadership to overcome the obstructionism that is in place.
I understand that your plate will be full and that your schedule may not allow you to spend much time on this issue. If that is the case, I hope you will find people with the time and commitment to begin to restore integrity to our electoral process. In that regard, I am willing to reach across the aisle and work with your Administration to further the cause. If we address the issues, it will certainly help “Make America Great Again.”
“Rocky” Roque De La Fuente
Former 2016 independent presidential candidate
Former 2016 presidential nominee of the Reform Party
Former 2016 presidential nominee of the American Delta Party
Former 2016 presidential candidate in the Democratic Primary
[That ends my “open letter” to the President-elect]
Those are my thoughts. What are yours?
(Please feel free to express your opinion below. My only request is that you do so rationally rather than emotionally and in a civil manner that respects the rights of others to disagree.)