Opinion: In the coming year, we will run the most transparent elections Maricopa County has ever seen. Because we know that democracy matters.
By Bill Gates/opinion contributor | Arizona Republic
Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are being examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on April 29, 2021.
It was just a year ago that I watched in complete shock as people stormed the halls of the U.S. Capitol, a deadly and misguided attack that represented the first non-peaceful transfer of the power in our nation’s history.
Many of these people were wrongly convinced the 2020 presidential election had been stolen and widescale fraud had prevented their preferred candidate from winning the White House. They believed it because the person who lost the election told them to believe it.
Unfortunately, the situation is more dire today. More people in positions of power have either subscribed to the Big Lie or enabled it.
Unless we all commit now to free and fair elections, Jan. 6 will be more than just one of the country’s darkest moments; it will be a defining one.
Why Maricopa County will not remain silent
The attempt to undermine democratic elections puts at risk everything else we take for granted in a free country – speech, security, economic progress.
And that’s why Maricopa County has not been silent – and will not be silent – in the face of lies.
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