From the Newsroom: The Truth About Election Fraud
Do you believe in Superman? Bigfoot? The little smile?
Of course not. They are all fictional and fun (although there are a few Bigfoot believers).
Also fictitious, but not fun: a persistent claim by some that the November 2020 general election results were stolen, manipulated or fraudulent. In fact, a group of these people – including local congressional candidate Joe Kent – sued Clark County and other Washington counties, alleging that the ballots were returned, added or subtracted, and that election officials have deliberately engaged in reprehensible acts.
They won’t win. They have no proof. Their claims are baseless.
The truth is, our elections are overseen by honest and highly competent elected officials at the county (Republican Auditor Greg Kimsey) and state (Republican Auditor Kim Wyman) level. Our ballots are voted on on paper, signatures are verified and the counting machines are publicly verified before the first ballot is counted. Election observers, chosen by the political parties, are invited to follow the entire conduct of the ballot. So it angers me as a taxpayer that my money is being spent defending these unnecessary lawsuits, which are filed by supporters of Donald Trump for perceived political gain.
Even though these statements are false, they worry me about the future of our democracy. As the editorial page editor, Greg Jayne, wrote this week: “The result (of the lawsuits) will not be to overturn the election results or even to uncover fraud; it is a specious assertion. The result will be to cast doubt on our elections and the very foundations of our democracy, creating cracks that allow future exploitation. “
Offer an antidote
That’s why I’m happy to report that today The Columbian is reprinting one of the best civic journalism projects I’ve seen in a while. Spokane’s journal, The Spokesman-Review, recently partnered with the League of Women Voters of Washington to produce a special section called “My Vote.” You’ll find it in today’s edition of the ePaper, at epaper.columbian.com. I will also try to have a link from our home page and our election page, www.columbian.com/election.