I have a concern relating to our inability to correct the results of compromised elections. It’s true that it is based upon the Russian attempts to influence our Presidential election, but I have no idea if there was any effect from these attempts. So, let’s ignore why this concern has arisen, and concentrate on the problem. Suppose that, in the future, one of our elections is provably compromised. It might not be national. It could be a state election, or just one election district. Can we fix it? It seems not.
In 2000, there were many dubious results in Florida. One predominantly Jewish district voted for an evangelical Christian. I believe that was because of confusing alignment between names and checkboxes on the ballot. There was the general problem of punched cards that didn’t fully remove the selected chad. Then the Supreme Court decided that it was more important to declare a winner by a specific date, than to complete the recount to get things right. Even in sporting events, we now have replays and reviews to make sure judgements are correct on the field. Aren’t our elections as important as the results of a safe or out call?
I don’t know the best way of fixing the system. Perhaps it should be a redo of the vote in the compromised district, or state. Certainly, not of the entire election. If a Presidential election were in question, impeachment is not a solution. That would lead to the elevation of a Vice President who was not elected, but was chosen by the invalidated candidate. It might well be that a redo would result in the same winner. That would be fine. Getting it right is the goal, and it really doesn’t matter who the corrected vote favors.