FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2020
Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team
[email protected]; Phone: 202-417-0171
Interfaith Alliance: Americans Deserve to Have Every Vote Counted
WASHINGTON — Across the country, Americans are awaiting a final vote count. Interfaith Alliance is committed to making sure every vote is counted, even if the process takes longer than it has in past years.
However, in a blatant disregard for democracy and the American people, President Trump has presumptuously declared victory and cast into question the legitimacy of the election – without any proof – with votes in key states still left to be counted. In response, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:
“In an election season like no other, Americans across the country have been casting their votes in-person and by mail – both on and before election day. These measures have been necessary to ensure every voice is heard in a way that prioritizes health and safety as well as the integrity of our electoral processes.
“The concept of ‘election night’ as we know it does not apply to this election. President Trump’s self-serving and presumptuous declaration of victory when votes in key states have yet to be counted, as well as his attacks on the integrity of our electoral system, is a dangerous discreditation of democracy itself. It shows complete and utter disregard for the voices of the American people and undermines the very foundation upon which we built our nation.
“As officials do the important work of making sure every vote is counted, we must be patient and restrained in our response. Campaigns, parties, the press, and the public all have a part to play in making sure we prioritize process over partisanship. We are in a moment of uncertainty, and tonight we have seen more clearly than ever that bad faith actors are more than willing to take advantage of this period of uncertainty to spread misinformation about the legitimacy of this election in order to shape its outcome.
“We must do everything in our power to support election officials working to make this election transparent, unbiased, and reliable. The counting of mail-in ballots and in-person votes must be conducted with the goal of making this election representative of what we, the people, have decided. We can, and we must, count every vote. Our democracy depends on it.”
If you are interested in speaking further with Rabbi Moline, please contact Manisha Sunil at [email protected] or (202) 417-0171.
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.