The Homestretch: Finding our faith in elections

 A supporter wears a face mask that states "VOTING MATTERS" while listening to Pennsylvania Attorney General and Democratic Nominee for Governor Josh Shapiro during a Northampton County Meet & Greet event at United Steelworkers on September 22, 2022 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Shapiro faces Republican challenger Doug Mastriano for the general election in November. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A supporter wears a face mask that states "VOTING MATTERS" while listening to Pennsylvania Attorney General and Democratic Nominee for Governor Josh Shapiro during a Northampton County Meet & Greet event at United Steelworkers on September 22, 2022 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Shapiro faces Republican challenger Doug Mastriano for the general election in November. Photo credit (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Since at least the 2020 election, myths about voter fraud not only contributed to the Capitol riot, but to overall confusion about U.S. elections.

As we head towards the midterms, it seems that some voters may dispute election results if their preferred candidate loses, regardless of evidence. In certain areas, it even appears that election integrity is on the ballot.

“You just have all these different rules... the confusion really is the issue,” said KYW News reporter Jim Melwert. “And, you know, that confusion opens doors for litigation and then that just erodes the confidence in elections. And when you get there, that’s a really dangerous place to go.”

Melwert joined “The Homestretch” from Pennsylvania to explain how the issue is playing out there on the latest episode of Audacy’s limited-series elections podcast. Amber McReynolds – an election administration expert serving on the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service – also joined the show to us get a national view of the issue.

“We have to reject these conspiracy theorists and election deniers that, you know, don’t want your vote to count,” she said.

You can get caught up on more key issues on other episodes of “The Homestretch” that include inflation, reproductive rights, crime and the importance of Latino voters. New episodes drop Thursday mornings at 6 a.m. ET. “The Homestretch” is available on the Audacy app or wherever you get your podcasts.

Featured Image Photo Credit: (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)