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Thanks to those who safeguard the integrity of our votes

We want to offer praise and thanks to the public servants at our county and local election bureaus and precincts across this great state and nation.

From the getgo and amid all of the tumult over mail-in ballots, the United States Postal Service’s capacity (or lack thereof) and precautions against COVID-19 — not to mention our angry politics — we’ve only seen where these public servants have pledged over and over again that they will protect the integrity of our democratic system of voting.

What a joy to drive about town and see lines of people waiting to vote!

Sure, multiple challenges and court rulings have caused consternation.

Sure, there were lines and waits at many a polling place.

But amid the work, the same message was made clear by these great servants: We got this.

From the voter services director on down to judges of election, they made it work as it should.

There will be/are issues in some of the big cities as public servants there wrestle with record turnout.

Good.

The system needs to be tested to make it stronger.

Regardless of the outcome, this is a time to rejoice in democracy.

God Bless the United States of America.

This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.

— Lyndon Johnson

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

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