Local parties issue joint statement on integrity of election process

Herald Times: Following weeks of investigation of alleged voter fraud by the Indiana State Police and harsh words thrown back and forth from elected officials and groups on both sides of the aisle, the chairmen of the local Republican and Democratic parties on Friday issued a joint statement on the integrity of the electoral process.

“The health of America’s democracy rests upon public trust in our electoral process. Last week, the Republican and Democratic Parties of Wayne County issued a statement affirming the integrity of that process,” the statement from Mark Fraley (D) and William Ellis (R) reads. “We wish to echo that sentiment and assure voters that our system of elections is secure.”

“There is no basis to suggest otherwise.

“Our bipartisan election board works diligently along with poll workers recruited by both parties and early and absentee vote workers appointed by representatives of both parties. They execute their tasks in consultation with the bipartisan representatives of the state Election Division.

“Our unwavering devotion to a fair, open, and unhampered electoral process is a profound source of national pride. It is why we, as a nation, have had 216 years of peaceful transitions of power.

“Our two Parties disagree on a great number of policy matters, including the best ways to make elections free, fair, and accessible to all. However, our commitment to the process is unimpeachable: Every vote counts!”