Why we should be careful about using the word ‘stolen’ about elections

Richard Hasen has written an excellent opinion piece in The Slate about why people should be wary of using the term ‘stolen election’ in reference to contests like the Georgia Governor contest earlier this month.

Hasen’s argument is that over using the word ‘stolen’ risks undermining trust in elections generally and that we don’t know whether the actions of the winner, Brian Kemp, as Secretary of State (the person in charge of the elections) were enough to change the outcome.

Instead of talking about an election being stolen, we should be looking at the suppression efforts and general incompetence that affect the rights of voters. Any suppression and any incompetence is bad and should be campaigned against. -not just if it is sufficient to change the outcome of an election.