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Letter: Thank you to all our local election officials

Let’s let those who are serving to safeguard our voting rights and elections know that we greatly appreciate their work.

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As we gather over the holidays this year, let’s take a moment to be grateful for the overlooked heroes in our American democracy; the citizens in every community that make the system work-our local election judges, workers and volunteers.

Many voters may be surprised to learn that the people most responsible for our elections are our own community members who serve as election judges.

They are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members, and they solemnly swear to perform their duties “according to law and the best of my ability and will diligently endeavor to prevent fraud, deceit and abuse in conducting this election. I will perform my duties in a fair and impartial manner and not attempt to create an advantage for my party or any candidate.”

Every year, nearly 30,000 local election judges work together with state, county and city staff to provide fair, assessable and accurate elections.

Minnesota can boast one of the highest voter turn-outs in the nation, thanks to the dedication of those who serve to ensure we can cast our votes freely and with confidence, knowing that they will be carefully counted.

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Let’s tell those who are serving to safeguard our voting rights and elections know that we greatly appreciate their work.

Community members can also add a personal thanks to their county election official by signing their name to a “thank you” on the League of Woman Voters of Minnesota website at lwvmn.org/elections411.

Please join us in extending your appreciation.

Martha Alsleben
The League of Women Voters of Willmar Area

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