Ex-election commissioner and registered Republican says the allegations that the presidential election was rigged are “insulting”.


A Republican who previously served as election director in Louisville, Kentucky, posted a longer thread on Twitter to defend himself against unsubstantiated claims that the presidential election was rigged and that there was widespread fraud.

President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner last Saturday after Nevada and Pennsylvania were called in his favor by the Associated Press, Fox News and other television stations. However, President Donald Trump and many of his supporters have claimed without evidence that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won through widespread electoral fraud.

Current and former election officials – Republicans, Democrats and independents – have rejected Trump’s claims and pointed out that there is no evidence of significant electoral fraud and that such fraud is extremely rare in U.S. elections. James Young, a former Kentucky election official who is registered as a Republican, described the allegations that the election officials rigged the results as “insulting to my personal experience as an administrator and to both my personal and professional experience with America’s top public officials.

The allegation that the presidential election was “rigged” or that a substantial number of ineligible ballots snuck in through the back door is insulting to my personal experience as an administrator and to both my personal and professional experience with America’s leading public officials.

– James Young (@JamesYoungKY) November 12, 2020

“As an election professional working with hundreds of government admins (@GOP, @DNC and non-party), my message is that election officials are good, honest, capable and willing people. They are the hardest working people I know,” Young wrote on Twitter.

Young now works as a member of the leadership team at Inclusions Solutions, which helps local governments make voting more accessible to people with disabilities through a range of products.

Once again: “Does ‘fraud’ exist? In my experience yes, but in very small, insignificant cases. And of course these cases should be prosecuted and all malicious actors should be punished,” Young twittered.

These officials are parents of small children, grandparents of our next president, months away from a well-deserved pension, Sunday school teachers, troop leaders, and go to bed wondering if they will have enough election workers on election day.

– James Young (@JamesYoungKY) November 12, 2020

Young shared photos of himself with local election officials from various parts of the country, pointing out that they were ordinary people and good-willed members of their communities.

“It annoys me that the integrity of these public officials is being questioned. Election officials are heroes, not partisan actors. Since I was on both sides, I cannot stress enough how proud you should be of these people,” he wrote.

Washington Newsday asked the Trump campaign for a comment, but it did not respond immediately.

In a report published on Tuesday, the New York Times spoke with election officials in all states Republicans and Democrats and found that none of them had found evidence of significant electoral fraud.

“There is a great human ability to invent things that are not true in elections,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, told The Times. “The conspiracy theories and rumors and all those things are rampant. For some reason, elections create this kind of mythology.”

In Georgia, where Biden Trump seems to have narrowly beaten Trump by just over 14,000 votes, Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who was supported by Trump in 2018, has denied claims that the elections in his state were poorly managed.

He said he believed that there had been some cases of “illegal voting” but that these were being investigated and were “unlikely” that they would change the results in Trump’s favor.


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