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Citizens deserve to have elected officials who respect our votes

AMY ERSHLER

Loganton

The Jan. 6, 2021 attack at the U.S. Capitol was not a surprise, but the culmination of four years of inflammatory language and rhetoric, stoked by our president and aided and abetted by many, including Republican members of the House and the Senate.

If Mr. Trump’s actions resulting in this violence do not amount to impeachable behavior or a reason to invoke the 25th Amendment, I do not know what would.

Looking back at the past year, the 2020 election took place during tremendously stressful conditions, an unprecedented pandemic; many of us chose to vote using absentee and mail-in ballots.

To the people who ran the elections under such difficult conditions, all the election and poll workers and electors, thank you for your extra efforts making sure our votes were properly counted.

While I did not vote for Fred Keller, I accept that he won the November election.

To my knowledge, he has not questioned any votes cast for him, whether in person, by mail. His name and Mr. Trump’s name were on the same ballot. All advantages of absentee and mail in ballots benefitted Mr. Keller.

So, I am at a total and complete loss with regard to his Jan. 6, 2021, House floor argument, that somehow the presidential ballots were flawed (without any mention of the ballots electing him having no problems). Even after the violent insurrection, resulting in loss of life and damage to the Capitol, (which he pathetically and meekly denounced), he still voted against the will of his Pennsylvanian constituents.

In a Jan. 8, 2021, email sent to his constituents, Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stated: “Two nights ago, on the heels of an attack on our nation’s Capitol, an attempt was made to disenfranchise more than 6.9 million Pennsylvania voters based on a lie alleging widespread fraud and election irregularities in the 2020 general election — the same lie that sowed the seed of that day’s violence… Your vote is your voice, and I believe that it is sacred. As your United States senator, I will always fight to ensure that our democratic principles are upheld and that the will of the people is carried out.”

This is so basic.

All citizens deserve the right to have elected officials who, at a minimum, respect the right to have all our votes count as indicated by Sen. Casey. Anything else is an indication of someone who does not respect the democratic process.

I believe that Mr. Keller is among those elected officials responsible for what happened on Jan. 6, 2021. Instead of saying that Trump lost, Mr. Keller continued a narrative of a flawed election process, having no basis in reality, as evidence by 60 dismissed lawsuits. He had an obligation to accept that his candidate lost, and to move on. In addition to Mr. Trump needing to be taken out of office, he and the other complicit representatives and senators must be held accountable, however that is possible.

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