To the editor:
I've been reading some comments on the Craig Daily Press reader forum regarding election fraud, and I feel compelled to respond.
The notion that election officials have banded together to commit election fraud is just not true. I, for one, would never disregard my own status as an election official or ignore the laws, or my own beliefs to make sure only selected candidates or ballot issues win or lose.
We don't measure the success of the election by who wins or who loses, but by transparent logic and accuracy tests, and verification that every eligible elector's vote is counted and by accurate post audit and canvass results.
We get so wrapped up in the mechanics of the job, in the end we really don't care who wins.
We try our hardest and do our best to get it right. We always are willing to look at new ways to improve the voting experience and to restore confidence in the process.
With the help of 51 individuals from our community who served as election judges, we were able to conduct a very successful General Election with an 87 percent turnout. I appreciate their dedication and hard work.
To Tax Slave, Dented Fender and Old Sage:
The election process is transparent and open to the public. From the first logic and accuracy test to the final canvass and abstract of votes. We invite you to join us. You can just observe or work right along side us and be part of the process.
Dented Fender, you say you have proof of election fraud right here in Moffat County because you cast your vote for every communist candidate and your vote didn't register on the abstract.
I've researched every election back to 1988, and there have never been any "communist" candidates on our ballot. I'm puzzled how or why you think you voted for one.
If I've learned anything, it is that governing is far more difficult than campaigning. It is hard work that requires dedication and responsibility. It takes wisdom and courage to do what is best, even when criticized for your choices and decisions.
The Vacancy Committee had a tough job to fill the shoes of a great man.
Any one of the candidates interviewed would have done a great job. Because these kinds of people don't just sit home and complain, they care enough about our community to sit in the hot seat and get involved. Saying that, the Vacancy Committee made a great choice and Audrey Danner is a class act commissioner.
The men and women in the election profession are dedicated to the voters and to the process of democracy. We feel the importance of what we do to make it possible for all of you to participate in government. It is with pride, integrity and transparency that we conduct elections in Moffat County.