America's "Dog Days of Summer" Dogged by Politics
Monday, August 21, 2023
Voters, who couldn't be blamed for looking away from the news during the "Dog Days" of August, especially election news, instead find themselves "drinking through a fire hose," according to an election law advocate.
Former President Donald Trump and his 18 co-defendants have until Friday to surrender at Georgia's Fulton County Jail on charges they conspired to overturn the state's 2020 election results. There is also a Republican presidential debate this week, which Trump has promised to boycott.
David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, said in this political climate, voters are forced to decipher what he calls a "sideshow," versus undertakings critical for them to follow.
"These are all part of an overall effort to begin to hold those who have lied about our democracy, who have targeted public officials, who have threatened those public officials; hold them accountable for their actions," Becker asserted. "I think that's incredibly important to keep that context as we continue to see these things."
The former president faces 13 felony counts for his alleged election interference in Georgia. Last week, Trump scheduled and then canceled a news conference for today in which he promised to present "irrefutable" evidence of "election fraud" in Georgia, saying his lawyers advised against it.
In a Quinnipiac poll released last week, a majority of Americans, 68%, said if a person is convicted of a felony, they should not also be eligible to be President of the United States.
Tim Malloy, polling analyst at Quinnipiac University, said the poll also showed voters are very concerned about the nation's future.
"A whopping 83% of Americans fear democracy may fall apart; will not be able to be sustained in this current climate," Malloy reported. "That tells you something about the feeling of fragility that American voters have right now."
At the same time, Malloy said when registered voters were asked about the most important issues in deciding who to vote for in the election for president, only 28% said preserving U.S. democracy. It was edged out by the economy at 32%.
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