The Blue Valley Post asked all candidates, 5 questions based on reader submitted questions. Question 1: Election Integrity
The district 27 incumbent and my opponent? He declined to respond. So much for that “Transparency” he has written on his signs.
My response to Question 1: Election Integrity
No, I do not believe Donald Trump’s claims that the election was “stolen” from him. Donald Trump lost the popular vote in both 2016 and 2020; he won the electoral college in 2016 and did not in 2020. Numerous lawsuits have been filed and subsequently dismissed for lack of evidence. There has not been verifiable proof that fraud has existed that would have changed the result. Joe Biden is the duly elected President of the United States. For anyone that would like a deeper dive into this subject, there was a fascinating report called “Lost, Not Stolen” that was conducted by eight well know Republican attorneys that examined the lawsuits in detail and concluded stating that the failed legal challenges should inspire more trust in our election security.
I am confident that election security in Johnson County, Kansas superb and our elections are well run without partisanship. I served as a poll worker in 2020 and 2021 and as a result, have an even greater appreciation for the coordination of training, bipartisanship and focus on delivering smooth and secure elections. Johnson County has done a stellar job of expanding advanced voting locations and ensuring there are a multitude of ways to cast your ballot safely and securely, and with proper identification.
Our current system also ensures every voter is casting a paper ballot that can be recounted if necessary. We recently saw incredible work by the county Election offices as they were mandated to recount a few races due to slim margins, and by request of a voter. Each recount saw a minute number of vote tally shifts that should give us confidence both in our current elections and the professionalism of our election officials. It would be beneficial to voters if the Kansas Secretary of State mandated a minimum requirement for advanced voting days to ensure access to the polls throughout the state. Our election security is strong and increased participation in our democracy using our secure electoral system should be our goal.
Make sure you are registered to vote – the deadline is tomorrow. If everyone that voted in August votes again this November, we win. Democracy wins. And if your Representative won’t answer questions for local newspapers, he’s declining accountability and does not deserve another term in office.
It’s time for change in Topeka.
Candidate for HD27
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