Since Tilden there have been reforms to prevent “backroom deals.” The Pledge to Safeguard the Election (https://www.thepledge.site/pledge-to-safeguard-the-election) digs deeply into the grit of the electoral process to prod citizen participation to make sure that electoral officials follow the same rules that have been applied to more recent modern elections to prevent the very real possibility of this 2020 election being stolen from the people.
Two Medium ILLUMINATION-curated articles better explain The Pledge to Safeguard the Election: “Stop the Coming Election Crisis” (https://medium.com/illumination-curated/sign-the-pledge-to-safeguard-the-election-b4daae7efd93) and “Wake Up America! What if Trump Loses the Election and Really DOES Refuse to Go Peacefully?” (https://medium.com/illumination-curated/a-call-to-safeguard-the-election-3a81c9192071?source=friends_link&sk=364c7b349fff6447f2573c6370449846).
Vote. But then keep on working on saving and perfecting our democracy AFTER the election.