Over the past three years, the world's oldest democracy has been tested in ways not seen in decades.
The past three years proved that American democracy was resilient.
A sitting president tried to overturn an election and his supporters stormed the Capitol to stop the winner from taking power.
Supporters of that attack launched a campaign against local election offices, chasing out veteran administrators and pushing conservative states to pass new laws making it harder to vote, analyst Nicholas Riccardi wrote for the Associated Press (AP).
At the same time, the past three years proved that American democracy was resilient.
Former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results failed, blocked by the constitutional system's checks and balances, and he now faces both federal and state charges for those efforts.
Then the voters stepped in. In every presidential battleground state, they rejected all candidates who supported Trump's stolen election lies and were running for statewide offices that had some oversight of elections.
The election infrastructure in the country performed well, with only scattered disruptions during the 2022 midterms.
New voting laws, many of which are technical and incremental, had little discernable impact on actual voting.
“Voters have stepped up to defend our democracy over the past few years,” said Joanna Lydgate, chief executive officer of States United, which tracks those who refuse to believe in the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.
“State and local officials have done a tremendous job in protecting our free and fair elections.”
It seems unlikely, though, that Trump could return to the White House if he loses the election. That's what he failed to accomplish in 2020, and he's in a weaker position now. And voters now realize that he smells front and rear.