By Steve McCoy, New Patriot PAC Staff Writer
In 2001, Enron famously declared bankruptcy after hiding extensive debt from bad business decisions and poor management. It was reported that many had lost their life savings in the fraud and subsequent failure of Enron. In an act designed to protect the public from further fraud, two congressman, Paul Sarbanes and Michael Oxley co-sponsored the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, requiring companies to use independent auditors in the effort to prevent such a breach of trust.
Fraud is as old as mankind. Chicago politics are infamous for voter fraud. And in recent years, Washington State has been building its own reputation of questionable voting practices. In the Washington State 2020 election, there were many irregularities found in the collection of votes. Irregularities that, by state constitution, should have been investigated to insure there was not fraud committed in the choosing of our leaders.
In spite of these irregularities, the state auditor certified the election results. When Enron failed, a bill was introduced in an effort to protect the public from future fraud. If there is doubt of fraud in the voting system, isn’t a logical and legitimate next step to take steps ensuring the integrity of the voting system? In Washington State Democrats have sponsored a bill to hide election results from public view.
Why would they want to hide problems from the public?
Isn’t it reasonable and ethical to have an independent third-party audit to build confidence the election results? To verify that only legal votes were counted and each vote represented one vote? Wouldn’t you think our elected officials would be eager to protect the integrity of our election system and prove to us they are working to protect both their honor in serving the state and that each vote counted was legitimate, proving that it really was a fair and honest election?
This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is a fundamental issue of a free and fair election. The very fact that legislation was introduced to conceal the election details from the public casts doubt on the fairness of the 2020 election.
Our state government is supposed to protect our rights. Isn’t our vote a fundamental right and responsibility of a citizen?
There is no question that those in power want to keep power. But that power is granted to our state government from we, the governed. It clearly states that in our state constitution in section one. Nobody likes a cheater. Why would they want to pass such a law to hide the truth from the public?
Do you think I am exaggerating? Take a look at what I have copied from the bill in committee:
AN ACT Relating to exempting election security information from public records disclosure; amending RCW 42.56.420; creating a new section; and declaring an emergency.
(7) The continuity of operations plan for election operations, and any security audits, security risk assessments, or security test results relating to physical security or cybersecurity of election operations or infrastructure. These records are exempt from disclosure in their entirety; and
(8) Those portions of records containing information about election infrastructure, election security, or potential threats to election security, the public disclosure of which may increase risk to the integrity of election operations or infrastructure.
They talk about transparency. This is not being open. What are they trying to hide? Why would they even introduce such a bill? The bill was sponsored by Laurie Dolan, Javier Valdez, Shelly Kloba, Mia Gregerson, and Sharon Wylie.
As always, this is a struggle for power. We are being called to be patriots, to stand up for the rights of everyone, for freedom, not tyranny. We are called to civility and order in our society, not chaos and anarchy. Freedom, civility, law and order from a government of the people depends upon a free and fair election. Write and/or call your representatives and let them know HB 1068 is not okay. Talk to your neighbors and ask them if they think this is okay.
Check out https://weicu.org and see what they are doing to fight for election integrity. You have a voice. Don’t be afraid to use it.