Can We Have Election Integrity?

Election workers sort through some of the thousands of mail-in ballots at the Orange County Registrar of Voters in Santa Ana, Calif., November 2, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
Mailed ballots could and should be verified more rigorously without impairing citizens' right to vote.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s Electoral College ballots were being tabulated last week in Washington, the president’s irresponsible commentary about a “stolen election” fueled a riotous attack on the Capitol. While there is no substance to the “stolen election” allegations, an important underlying issue of election integrity remains, and if it is left unaddressed, America risks new election controversies in the future that will further inflame the body politic. It does not have to be that way.

Public confidence in the integrity of elections is essential to the preservation of our democratic system. It is precisely for that reason that enemies of our system, both

George J. Terwilliger III is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP in Washington, D.C. He has served as deputy attorney general, represented the Bush-Cheney campaign in the 2000 Florida recount, and served as counsel to a Senate committee investigating a contested Senate election.