The 2020 election has already been a strange and tumultuous affair that appears to threaten the very basis of our democracy, no matter which way it swings.
Sure, some of this doom and gloom sentiment comes to us from the mainstream media, who have a vested financial interest in seeing our nation tear itself apart. Violence in the streets is a great way to drive ratings and interest, thus allowing CNN and others to land major advertising contracts.
But this is also an election under attack.
Both Russia and China have been linked to attempts to subvert the will of the American people. There is still a coronavirus pandemic out there that adds an element of danger to gathering to vote, and President Trump has stoked a real fear regarding the efficacy of mail-in ballots.
Now, as if to make matters worse, a strange theft in Pennsylvania has election officials concerned.
Philadelphia authorities are investigating and reexamining their voting machines after USB drives used to program them were stolen from a city warehouse, according to local reports.
The thumb drives and a laptop went missing some time this week, but exactly when remains unclear, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.
“We are confident that this incident will not in any way compromise the integrity of the election,” a spokesman for City Commissioner Lisa Deeley told the paper.
Deeley’s office also said once set up, voting machines are sealed – so authorities were reexamining them to see if they had been tampered with.
Local officials were hesitant to announce the thefts earlier, expressing concerns that the news could deter voter participation by casting doubt on election results.