Op-ed by Summer Lane | Photo: Alamy
The midterm elections are shaping up to be historic in 2022, as countless pollsters across America have projected nothing short of a red wave of Republican victories on Tuesday. Republican voter turnout in Florida, for example, has already outpaced Democrats by 260,777 votes in both mail-in voting and in-person early voting as of Nov. 4.
Once considered a swing state, Florida has gone red under the leadership of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the Sunshine State is not the only spot in the U.S. experiencing a voter surge toward traditional conservatism.
Even traditionally blue New York is backing away from radical leftist policies after suffering beneath the weight of extremist Covid-related policies at the hands of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., and incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y.
Republican challenger and Trump-endorsed gubernatorial nominee, Lee Zeldin, has taken the lead in the governor’s race heading into the election, according to one poll, striking fear into the hearts of entrenched New York Democrats, per RSBN.
As the GOP has taken the lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot by several points, many Republican voters have been left plagued by one serious question in the wake of a devastating 2020 presidential election that was riddled with evidence of fraud, cheating, and ballot trafficking:
Does my vote make a difference?
Your voice is important
The aftermath of the 2020 presidential election has wreaked havoc on Americans’ trust in the U.S. election systems, and rightfully so. Between audits in Maricopa County, Arizona, to the shocking nationwide ballot trafficking conspiracy uncovered in the film “2000 Mules,” there has never been such a damaged view of the sanctity of the ballot box. In fact, in Pennsylvania, nearly half of voters in the Keystone State believe that the 2022 midterm elections will be marred by cheating.
Over the summer, Rasmussen Reports found that, even months away from the midterm elections, 75 percent of likely voters were worried about election cheating.
The statistics don’t lie: Americans overwhelmingly do not trust election processes in the U.S.
Because of this distrust, many MAGA supporters and voters reasonably wonder if their vote matters in a system that seems to be catastrophically rampant with high levels of alleged fraud.
The answer is yes: your vote and your voice matter.
On Thursday, President Trump urged an eager crowd of rallygoers in Sioux City, Iowa, to “vote Republican in a giant red wave!” Trump has further stressed the importance of same-day voting as a failsafe against the problems associated with mail-in ballots and absentee ballots.
“…We need a landslide so big that the radical left cannot rig it or cannot steal it,” Trump remarked in October in Minden, Nevada. He added, “Early voting begins Oct. 22, but far better than voting by mail-in ballot … Go to the booth. Go on Election Day and vote in person on Election Day. It makes it much harder for them to cheat.”
The strategy here seems to have panned out well in states like Arizona, where the primary election overwhelmingly handed GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake a resounding victory, all thanks to same-day votes. Notably, Lake won every single county in Arizona in her primary.
“They had not put in a single vote from Election Day when the first batch of numbers came out,” Lake told RSBN in August.
The verdict seems obvious: same-day voting appears to be a much safer option than voting by mail, where ballots can potentially be lost, duplicated, invalidated, or destroyed.
The right to vote
The “right” to vote is not explicitly outlined in the Constitution. Article 1, Section 4 hands the responsibility of overseeing federal elections to the sovereign states:
“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.”
The Fifteenth Amendment, further, enshrined not necessarily the “right” to vote but instead prohibited the federal or state government from restricting citizens’ access to voting based on race, color, or “previous condition of servitude.”
Voting is not by any means mandatory, but it is a privilege when any American chooses to exercise their God-given agency to voice their approval or disapproval of their representatives. To vote is to participate in a civic process that contributes to the broader discourse of a civil and free society.
When a vote is stolen or rerouted, it is an egregious miscarriage of the individual liberty of an American citizen. However, consider the political ramifications if a citizen’s vote wasn’t cast in the first place. An American voter cannot take back the integrity of his or her own vote when they haven’t cast a ballot to begin with.
Trump is right. To reclaim America’s eroding liberties, we need a landslide that is so big “the radical left cannot rig it or cannot steal it.”
The worst danger this country faces does not lie with a malevolent third-party that is potentially polluting the integrity of the ballot box.
The danger lies, instead, with the American who chooses to stay home and remain silent even in the face of encroaching tyranny.
“Every freedom-loving American needs to understand, the time to stand up to get this whole thing right and to stop the left-wing tyranny is RIGHT NOW,” President Trump warned voters on Thursday.
On Nov. 8, head to the polls and cast your ballot for the candidates you believe will best serve your state. As President Trump says, the time is now.