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This morning on the Morning News we had a "spirited" conversation with caller Stephen (or is it Steven?) about his assessment that President Trump is undermining public confidence in the outcome of the November general election by expressing his concerns for fraud in advance of ballot counting.

Let's start with this - HA!   A significant number of democrats still believe Trump didn't legitimately win the election in 2016!  There already is a serious lack of confidence in the authenticity of outcome.    The longer it takes to add up the votes, the more time there is for hanky to meet up with panky and get to work.
You don't talk about security after the bank has been robbed.  You set procedures, lock the vault and post the guards BEFORE the robbers take the money, not after!
Trump and Conservatives concerns are based on the same model of protecting something precious.
Really Dave?  Voter fraud.  Get Serious.  Well, the Heritage Foundation IS serious and they document 1298 proven instances of voter fraud. "The Heritage Foundation’s Election Fraud Database presents a sampling. not an exhaustive or comprehensive list...It is intended to demonstrate the vulnerabilities in the election system and the many ways in which fraud is committed.... Winning elections leads to political power and the incentives to take advantage of security vulnerabilities are great, so it is important that we take reasonable steps to make it hard to cheat, while making it easy for legitimate voters to vote."
Politico polling shows two-thirds of U.S. voters don't expect that we'll know the winner of the presidential election on Election Night, November 3rd.   A  new Politico/Morning Consult poll found just 20 percent of respondents say they believe the winner will be called that night.

A plurality think the results will be known within the following week, with 19 percent believing it'll be the next day and 26 percent between two and seven days later.

Another 21 percent believe it will take longer than a week.

Politico said, "An analysis of mail ballot processing rules in 13 swing states found that three Great Lakes swing states — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — don’t allow for ballots to be processed or tallied before Election Day. Experts warn that those state laws simply don’t allow enough time to fully tally the expected glut of mail ballots in those states on the night of Nov. 3....Significantly more Democrats are expected to vote via the mail than Republicans ....Trump has already been sowing distrust about the results of the election, saying that results should be final on the night of the election and repeatedly disparaging mail-in voting."

A small majority, 53 percent, said they were very or somewhat concerned that President Trump will prematurely declare victory before all the votes are counted, while one-third expressed the same concerns about former Vice President Joe Biden.

Once again the Coronavirus is disrupting life in America by increasing fears of going to a traditional polling place.  And once again we hear the echoes of the words of President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who famously said in 2008, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. I mean, it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

That's what President Trump and conservatives are warning about.