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Last week, a Chronicle article highlighted our Republican legislators’ overwhelming decision to form a “Special Committee” to “study” what they referred to — without a shred of evidence — as “widespread election fraud” in Montana elections.

An intelligent reader might wonder why Republicans might think there was indeed “widespread election fraud” – since Montanans elected an historically-high number of Republicans recently. If there had been “widespread election fraud,” wouldn’t they have lost — not won — all those newly gained seats? Kind of a head-scratcher, ain’t it?

Short answer: they don’t really believe it either, because it isn’t true — not even slightly. I’ve worked with our very dedicated election boards, both signing in voters at designated voting sites, and counting ballots late into the night — and I was pleasantly amazed at how intrinsically unable-to-defraud the whole process was, start to finish. Have you?

No, those Republicans don’t actually believe in election fraud either, so that same intelligent reader might conclude that our Republican legislators are, as in 19 other red states that have passed harsher voter restrictions since Trump’s 2020 loss, spreading Trump’s “Big Lie” of voter fraud in order to whittle down Democrat demographics. Montana’s Republican majority is just following suit, in preparation of doing the same (actually, it has already been doing so, if you’ve been keeping up with our Republican legislators’ shenanigans).

Isn’t the right to vote pretty much the very definition of American democracy — at least, since women and Black people finally got the rights to do so (or is that actually their problem with voting rights)?

I call on all of us patriotic Montanans to tell our representatives that we will not stand for such unpatriotic, un-American behavior! Call them. Email them. Tell them that this is not who we Montanans are.

Kevin Crawford


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