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Guest Opinion: Crow Wing County’s election system works

The League of Women Voters encourages residents to serve as election judges in future elections. In recent years fewer people have wanted to be a part of the process. It is an excellent way to serve your country and community and to become educated on the way our elections work.

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The League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes would like to thank all Crow Wing County election officials and election judges for their tireless work to make the 2020 Crow Wing County election wholly fair, impartial, and transparent.

The League of Women Voters is a national, nonpartisan organization that began more than 100 years ago with a mission to encourage informed and active participation in government. Locally, during the previous elections, we have helped coordinate state, county, city, and school board candidate forums. Free and fair elections are important to us. When a group of local residents question the integrity of local elections without any evidence, we are concerned and would like to set the record straight. We support the facts laid out by Deborah Erickson, Crow Wing County Administrative Services Director.

In Crow Wing County voters use paper ballots.

In Crow Wing County paper ballots are totaled by machine and those results are automatically placed in a lock box.

In Crow Wing County after each election as part of a post-election audit, election judges count every ballot by hand in two precincts to match the totals with the machine tabulations.

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In Crow Wing County election judges come from all political parties.

In Crow Wing County hand counting audits are open to the public.

In Crow Wing County robust testing of the tabulating machines is completed prior to the election to make sure that ballots are counted the way voters intend.

In Crow Wing County tabulation machines are never connected to the internet and cannot be manipulated or hacked.

In Crow Wing County after the election, two precincts are randomly audited and these audits have shown no discrepancies.

In Crow Wing County the deadline has passed for a forensic audit and the County Board of Commissioners have no authority to open an audit.

In Crow Wing County election officials have reported violations to the county attorney and people have been prosecuted for election violations including illegally voting.

The League of Women Voters encourages residents to serve as election judges in future elections. In recent years fewer people have wanted to be a part of the process. It is an excellent way to serve your country and community and to become educated on the way our elections work. In Crow Wing County our election system works thanks to the work of our elected officials, our friends and our neighbors.

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