Text of a message sent to both New York Senators and my Congressional representative:
I am writing to urge that the next Congress make as one of its top priorities a thorough and bipartisan investigation into allegations of irregularities in the American electoral process.
Donald Trump is making claims that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election.
Jill Stein is raising money to press for audits of the vote in three states, to determine whether voting tallies were tampered with.
Either these claims are true, in which case the American democratic process has been subverted; or they are not, in which case the claims themselves are undermining confidence in our voting system, and once again the American democratic process is being subverted. Whichever is the case, the consequences of inaction will be dire.
During the campaign, Trump threatened to reject the outcome of the election if he lost. Suppose he, or some other future sitting President, were to refuse to concede an electoral loss, citing unsubstantiated claims of fraud and tampering, and to turn over power to a democratically elected successor? This nightmare scenario is entirely possible and could occur only four short years from now, if our electoral process is not sound and known to be sound by then.
I recognize that voting is conducted and regulated by the various states, and that addressing irregularities is a matter for their legislatures. Nevertheless, the claims are being made at the national level, and the consequences are a national problem. I believe Congress must investigate them. Our democracy is imperiled if our voting process cannot be believed in.