Richmond Times-Dispatch

Kudos toelection­workers for safeguardi­ngvoting

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EDITOR, TIMES-DISPATCH:

Among the many things that I amgrateful for is our recent electoral process. What an inspiring patriotic act to have voted and have it counted. Christophe­r Krebs, former director of the Cybersecur­ity and Infrastruc­ture Security Agency (among others recently fired by President Donald Trump) said in the days after the election: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now … election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the results. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromise­d.” Think of all the people who made that happen.

Before Election Day: the state and local registrars and election officials who did the planning and organizing with the added pandemic challenges; the dedicated folks who, months before the election, got millions of absentee and mail-in ballots processed and mailed; and the committed staff at election centers where many of us voted in person days before the election.

On Election Day: the poll workers in all the many precincts who checked names, moved us to voting machines and congratula­ted us with “I Voted” stickers. Next were more crucial people, those actually counting each vote, making sure that our votes were honored. Each one of these people — from the early working election officials to the last vote counters — is a real American hero. They are the guardians of that most sacred of American democratic values: the privilege to vote. They made the election “the most secure in American history.” What a great gift in preserving our American democracy! To each, I say “Thank you!” Second only to all those incredible front-line COVID-19 health care workers, you are my nominees for the 2020 People of the Year.

FLETCHER LOWE.

RICHMOND.

Editor’s note: Fletcher Lowe is a member of the RTD Opinions’ Community Advisory Board.

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