Election enforcement: Who is in charge?


(7/1/2019)

From: Paul B. Double

Who is in charge of election law enforcement? That is the question.

The security of our election process falls on the executive branch of the government. During the 2016 presidential election, that was President Obama. The judicial branch also shares some responsibility for insuring those who violate the rules are punished. President Trump did not have that responsibility for elections until January 2017 — not 2016. Congress, our third branch, writes the laws, sets the rules, and, to police the executive branch, match the enforcements with those laws.

If the Russians, PACs, etc., were breaking the law or not in compliance, then who bares the real responsibility for the outcome? To blame the winner of the election, assuming the person then in charge did their job, is, at best, a stretch — and sour grapes!

 

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