Letter to the Editor: A Sigh of Relief and the Way Forward

Now that 50-plus judges, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Supreme Court have found no reason to doubt the results of the November 2020 election in Wisconsin or elsewhere, we may finally breathe more deeply. The certified electors from Wisconsin will vote in the Electoral College along with other duly certified electors, and they will confirm the will that voters expressed by an impressive margin Nov. 3. Democracy has survived.

However, our work as citizens is not done. We must quiet the nerves that have been jangled by lawsuits and now by “hearings” on election fraud that the courts have been unable to find. One such hearing occurred in Madison on Dec. 12. Urban Milwaukee reported that the roster of speakers included only one person who was qualified to speak about the reasons the election was certified. The New York Times reported, “Witnesses suggested that the state faced election interference from the dead dictators Hugo Chavez and Joseph Stalin”! 

The result of such a gathering is surely not to rebuild trust in our elections through understanding – quite the opposite. Sen. Ron Johnson plans a similar hearing in Washington, he says, to lay election woes to rest and make more restrictions to curtail fraud, despite having been asked by his colleagues in both parties to cease and desist. 

Democracy may not be perfect, but it’s the best form of government we’ve been able to create. We must not keep tearing it apart. We must move on from the election to the more important business at hand: how to stop the disruptive spread of the virus and how to distribute the vaccine. The Wisconsin legislature has not met for nine months. Let’s get to work!

Estella Lauter

Fish Creek, Wisconsin