LETTER: Voters’ right to decide

In November 2020, a record number of determined American voters turned out to cast our ballots, making sure those votes were counted correctly to ensure that the will of the people prevailed.

Unfortunately, evidence suggests that on Jan. 6, 2021, some elected officials betrayed American voters by supporting Donald Trump’s followers to attack our Capitol and then tried to block investigation of that crime.

Untruths now being spread by some elected leaders regarding the results of the 2020 election have put at risk some Americans, such as election officials or school superintendents.

As a result, freedom to vote is being threatened by false information being used to pass bills that will control election outcomes, degrade election administrators for doing their jobs and allow partisan poll watchers to intimidate voters.

Concerned Americans should be joining together to affirm that, in America, the voters decide the outcome of our elections.

Together, we the voters have the responsibility to insist our senators ensure all American voters have the right to decide on the election of officials leading the country at all levels.

This right to decide can be substantially enhanced by the passing of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, thereby establishing national standards that protect our voting rights, ensure that trusted local voting officials can exercise their responsibility to count every vote, and prevent partisan politicians from manipulating the results of our elections.

Judith Chambliss

Port Townsend