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MT Expert: High Voter Turnout Good Sign for Democracy

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Montana voter turnout in the 2020 election was the highest it's been in 40 years. (The Toidi/Adobe Stock)
Montana voter turnout in the 2020 election was the highest it's been in 40 years. (The Toidi/Adobe Stock)
November 13, 2020

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Overall voter turnout in the 2020 election was higher than it's been in more than a century.

Sara Rushing, associate professor of political science at Montana State University, said that's reason to celebrate, despite claims of widespread voter fraud from President Donald Trump and some members of the Republican Party that are yet to be substantiated.

Rushing believes it's a sign people are not losing faith in the power of voting.

"I think that communicates that people do have confidence in the electoral system," Rushing theorized. "I mean, if people thought that corruption in the world of voting was rampant, they probably wouldn't bother. And what we saw this time around is, people 'bothered.' They turned out."

Montana broke a 40-year record for high voter turnout, according to the Washington Post.

Nearly 64% of eligible voters cast their ballots nationwide, based on the count so far. The Post projects the number will reach 66.5%.

But Rushing also noted trends over the past 20 to 30 years in politics are helping to fuel things like false allegations of voter fraud.

"Trust in institutions has been dropping for decades and is pretty low right now," Rushing observed. "And so it doesn't take a lot to persuade people that there's corruption afoot."

She stressed, however, that voter fraud is almost nonexistent in U.S. elections, while voter suppression, especially targeting communities of color, has historically been widespread. She believes there has been some mixing of these two issues into one issue.

Rushing added her students are frustrated with the polarized times and divisive thinking about democracy.

"Part of what it involves is not wanting to win at any cost, and I think when I teach my students, I see that they don't want to win at any cost. They care about democracy. And so, as a teacher, I'm optimistic in that regard."

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - MT