A new survey should spur every lawmaker on both sides of the aisle to find a solution, and quickly.

Originally published at WND News Center. Used with permission.

A majority of Americans no longer trust elections to be fair.

According to a new polling, 56.8% of American voters don’t fully trust the elections to be “fair and accurate.”

Seventeen percent say they “somewhat trust,” 17.9% say they somewhat distrust and 21.9% say they strongly distrust.

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A minority of 43.2% say that strongly trust.

The poll is from Convention of States Action, in partnership with The Trafalgar Group.

It surveyed more than 1,000 likely general election voters Nov. 16-20.

“Free and fair elections have been the bedrock of stability in our nation, and an example around the world. We are now at a very precipitous place in our history. The majority of Americans are now skeptical about the outcomes of elections, which creates a fundamental problem that—if left unchecked—could undermine our entire democracy,” said Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States.

“The answer does not lie in Washington, D.C., this problem can and must be fixed close to home. State legislatures need to make strengthening election integrity priority number one, and governors need to focus on vigorous enforcement. Until we get the problem under control, this needs to be treated as the state-by-state emergency that it is.”

Independent voters aligned with Republicans on the issue. Some 57.5% of them said they don’t fully trust the election system. Among GOP members, it was 89.7%.

Even one out of four Democrats, 24.9%, agreed.

Further, the scheme that has developed in recent elections to have weeks of voting, and to continue to count “found” ballots for weeks after election day, is problematic, the survey showed.

A total of 54.8% of American voters say they are less likely to trust election results that take days or weeks to tabulate.

Once again, independents aligned with the GOP on the question. A total of 51.6% of independents agreed with the 80.4% of Republicans that they were less likely to trust those results that are announced days or weeks late.

Even nearly one-third, 31.9%, of Democrats agreed.

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