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Phil Keisling is growing adept at soothing jittery Americans.

The onetime Oregon secretary of state is one of the nation's leading champions of voting by mail. He chairs the National Vote at Home Institute, where he's trying to persuade other states to adopt Oregon's safe and sane voting system.

Plenty of us could use some reassurance this week, as the counting of mailed votes in the presidential election drags on for days, and the current occupant of the White House makes up fairy tales about voter fraud.

So on Thursday night, we took a break from updating voting tallies on our browsers and asked Keisling to answer reader questions about the counting of mailed ballots. The conversation was open to Friends of WW, the readers who make contributions to keep WW's journalism going.

Please consider becoming a Friend. Here's a taste of the discussions you'll get to join. In this clip, Keisling assesses President Trump's chances of throwing out ballots via the courts.