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Extraordinary step may ‘calm’ election fears

State Republicans have called for an audit of the 2020 election process.

Extraordinary measures, they said, would be taken to learn if the election was fair.

There has been no evidence yet of any wrongdoing, but there are so many people who fear that their votes were not counted that this matter deserves a full exploration.

Some people, such as state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, said a total lack of alleged wrongdoing “remains to be seen.”

If there is any corruption, an audit, we would hope, would reveal it.

Others, such as state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, said even if there were some irregularities here and there, “I don’t think they add up to changing the election.”

An audit, he said, would “calm everyone’s fears.”

The importance of calming fears cannot be understated, given how divided this country has been.

There has been more than enough angst this year, from civil unrest to a global pandemic, that we do not need to drag it into next year.

So bring on an audit — make sure both major political parties are in attendance and that any disputes that arise during the course of it are handled judiciously and as expeditiously as possible while satisfying the masses.

Make it transparent.

Then let the results speak for themselves.

The evidence must be discovered, one way or the other, so that we may move collectively forward — whatever the outcome.

Meanwhile, the election certification process should also proceed so winners may be declared … sooner than later.

Step by step, we march methodically through history, together, every day and every year of our lives.

Let’s find a way to do it peacefully and with respect.

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