DEMOCRACY SHATTERED!

In a democracy people basically has to trust that the rules are fair and that if their party or their team loses, the stakes of that loss won’t be intolerable, that in the future they’ll be able to contest an election again, and that they’ll has a chance of winning. That keeps everyone committed to democracy and to playing by the rules,” explains Bright Line Watch co-founder Gretchen Helmke from the University of Rochester.

“Once you break that faith—that elections actually determine who the winner is—people’s allegiance to democracy wanes.”

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