Published: October 29, 2020
Bryson Gillette is proud to work with organizations fighting for positive political change to benefit all Americans and our democracy. One of those organizations is Citizens for Strong Democracy (CSD), a bipartisan effort to strengthen public confidence in the election process. CSD is led by four former Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under both Republican and Democratic presidents: Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano, and Jeh C. Johnson.
Appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show, just a few days before Election Day, the secretaries assured co-anchor Savannah Guthrie they have full faith in the collection and counting of votes. The secretaries agreed that widespread voter fraud is inconceivable, given the massive dispersal of voting authorities, boards of election and counting methods across counties and states.
“It would be impossible for someone to orchestrate a massive fraud,” said Secretary Chertoff. “I hate to say it, but there are foreign powers who are gleeful at seeing how we have some domestic actors…working to undermine the unity of effort, which of course is right out of the playbook of Vladimir Putin.”
“Don’t lose heart, vote yourself, and have confidence in the results,” said Secretary Johnson. “The incidents of actual fraud are very, very low in connection with mail-in balloting.”
Cautioning Americans that the results might not be finalized on election night, Secretary Napolitano advised, “People just need to take a deep breath and let the counting proceed.”
“The delay in the final count is not in any manner, shape or form evidence of widespread fraud,” declared Secretary Ridge. He went on to say that the review process, with bar codes and technological validation, enhances election security. “November 3rd is the final date to cast your ballot, it’s not the last day to count the ballot,” Ridge said.
Fair and trustworthy elections are the cornerstone of self-government. We at Bryson Gillette are excited to partner with Citizens for a Strong Democracy. We’re grateful for their patriotic and bi-partisan actions in support of our democracy.