The League of Women Voters of Duluth has consistently promoted fair governance and voting in our community. We are concerned at the possibility of violence directed at elected and government officials and claims of voter fraud. We are especially concerned about baseless claims regarding the outcome of the recent presidential election.
We support the League of Women Voters of Minnesota in its recent letter calling on the leadership of the Minnesota House and Senate to:
Require that all Minnesota state representatives and senators tell the truth about the settled 2020 elections as a duty to fulfill their oath to the U.S. and Minnesota constitutions.
Require legislators who have incited lies and violence to issue public messages disavowing the falsehoods about a “stolen election,” apologize for the use of those lies for political purposes, accept the 2020 election validity and integrity, and send a clear message that harassment and calls for violence toward public officials will not be tolerated.
Seek consequences and accountability of those legislators who have continued to violate their oath of office by spreading lies about the election through formal censure, the revocation of committee assignments, and even expulsion if needed, should their behavior of spreading lies and misinformation continue.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. We honor the principles of good government for any party and expect elected leaders to adhere to those principles. This is a call to action, to come together, to support the duly elected president and begin to deal with the numerous problems that face our nation. History tells us that in order to heal our country in the midst of this uncivil war, we need both truth and reconciliation. Truth comes first.
Candy Winkler and Sandy Grandmaison
The writers are co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Duluth.
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