I affirm professor Lynne M. Getz’s sentiments desiring a peaceful transition of power in the upcoming election (”Will GOP and all of us commit to voter outcome,” Sept. 25).

When the Kennedy-Nixon race came close, Nixon famously chose not to contest it, citing that he did not want to sow that kind of contention in our country. When Al Gore choose to either stand for the disenfranchised voter or cherry pick his own election results through recount (depending on your view) he nudged the election into partisan legal battles in the same way that Row vs. Wade moved a non-partisan Supreme court into the central partisan battle of our day.

Joe Biden has already hired 600 lawyers in preparation to make Gore vs. Bush seem like a picnic in the park. Like Getz, I miss the days of Kennedy-Nixon.

One area where I think Getz is off is her assessment is of President Barack Obama not being accepted because of his race. The question that arose during that election was media speculation before the election asking, “Is America ready for a Black president?” I thought the question was silly. I knew we were long past the intense, unjust behavior of 1960s America. As a conservative who doesn’t look at the world through race-colored glasses, it was hard for me to comprehend those in left-leaning media who do.

Obama, to no real surprise, won handily on his excellent personality and campaigning. The only challenge to his legitimacy was around his seeming inability to produce a birth certificate which led some on the right toward conspiratorial suggestions that he wasn’t an American.

Getz is correct in that President Donald Trump is not a bastion of clarity, and his off-balancing comments tend to promote reaction. Nevertheless, the concern that the sudden ramp-up of mail-in votes will increase the likelihood of failed processes are real. Having worked in business systems for many years, I know firsthand that sudden capacity increases have a way of exposing grave weaknesses in systems we thought were solid. While a small increase in mail-in votes for those truly vulnerable to COVID-19 is reasonable, the push to overload the system seems wrongheaded and could help precipitate the very legal conflicts that Getz wants to avoid.

David B. Sable

Deep Gap

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Who is "pushing to overload the system?" Getz certainly never asserted anything of the sort. I doubt that all mail-in ballots are going to suddenly arrive and require counting on election day. In NC, ballots are counted as they are received - the results are just not made public until in-person voting occurs. NC residents can also track the status of their ballots online and now fix mistakes with a signed legal affidavit instead of starting over from scratch. No system is perfect, but fear-mongering intended to undermine faith in our electoral procedures is far more frightening and real to me. With President Trump telling right-wing militias to "go to the polls and watch very carefully," some people are going to be intimidated by in-person voting - and that's before you even figure in the fact that we are about to enter flu season in the middle of a raging global pandemic. The only states that are "all-in" for mail-in ballots are those who have been sending unsolicited ballots to all residents for (in some cases ) years. The level of intentional voter fraud with the system is a fraction of a single percent. Please stop pushing misinformation concerning our most important democratic institution.

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