Editorial: The election was 'secure.' Start presidential transition now

Posted November 17, 2020 5:00 a.m. EST

CBC Editorial: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020; Editorial #8609
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company.

North Carolina – like much of the nation – saw record setting voter turnout. North Carolina – like the rest of the nation – saw NO election fraud. North Carolina – like the rest of the nation – has gone about counting every ballot on time and on schedule, in accord with state law mandates.

State law calls for a “canvass” of votes from each county at Nov. 13 public meetings. The State Board of Elections meets at 11 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 24, to review and finalize the results. That is the law.  Look it all up HERE.

Anyone suggesting otherwise, particularly state legislators who are the folks who wrote the state’s election laws, is either misinformed, ignorant or purposely seeking to foster suspicion about the integrity of state elections workers. It is the thousands of unsung patriotic Republican, Democratic and unaffiliated North Carolinians who: provided official community outreach and assistance to voters in assisted living, nursing facilities and other places; staffed early in-person voting sites and Election Day polling places; and helped in the processing of the 1,001,401 mail-in ballots (by the way, that was more than the ballots cast on Election Day) and the other 4.5 million votes cast.

We haven’t heard Democratic incumbent Gov. Roy Cooper questioning his 5-percentage point victory. Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Mark Robinson hasn’t challenged his 4-percentage point victory. Republican Catherine Truitt isn’t expressing any doubts about her 3-percentage point victory in the race for superintendent of Public Instruction. Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis isn’t doubting his 2-percentage point victory margin nor the concession from Democrat Cal Cunningham.

President Donald Trump’s own watchdogs have declared the 2020 election the “most secure in American history.” Read, for yourselves, what federal government’s Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council & Elections Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees had to say HERE.

It is time to similarly acknowledge that Democrat Joe Biden clearly defeated incumbent Republican Donald Trump. Biden IS the President-Elect. He IS entitled to the resources federal law provides for the smooth and effective transition of power.

But some of North Carolina’s representatives in Washington have remained inappropriately silent over the Trump administration’s ill-informed refusal initiate a transition.

Given all of this, why haven’t Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, U.S. Reps. Greg Murphy, Virginia Foxx, David Rouzer, Richard Hudson, Dan Bishop and Patrick McHenry, who are in Congress now, offered words in support of moving ahead with the transition. Again, none of these Republican incumbents has suggested any doubt as to their own re-election victories.

Tell us, why haven’t you said it’s past time to move ahead with the transition? What good reason is there to deny this important resource? Do you believe Trump’s repeated and unfounded, contention that: “I won the election. … I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”

Failure to prepare the new administration is costly, as the commission that examined the short-comings in the nation’s response to the 9-11-2001 terrorist attack concluded. “Both Congress and the executive need to do more to minimize national security risks during transitions between administrations.”

The nation’s priority is to get on with assuring there is a government that will serve and protect its citizens, not assuage the overblown ego of its current narcissistic commander in chief.

Demand implementation of the transition and approval of the funding now.

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