To the editor:

We’re all better off when every eligible voter gets a say in their government representation. By making sure that every eligible voter has their voice heard and vote counted, we can bring integrity to our election results and swear in a new government elected by and for us.

2020 has presented us all with many challenges, and the November election is no exception. There may not be a clear winner on election night. It will likely take longer to count the votes and verify results. There may not be a clear winner on election night and that’s OK. It’s a sign that our democracy is working.

Due to coronavirus and health concerns, more people are voting absentee than ever before. Absentee ballots take longer to count because of security measures to verify the accuracy of those ballots.

Minnesota has one of the safest and most secure elections systems in the country and is well-known for leading the nation in voter turnout.

We may feel a bit on edge right now, especially given the importance of this election. I think we can all agree that one of our most important rights as Americans is the right to vote and election officials have a duty to ensure that every eligible vote is counted. There will always be work to do going forward, continuing to make our community a great place to live, work and play. So, let’s take a deep breath, be kind, considerate and patient as we the citizens wait for democracy to do its work.

Sylvia Luetmer

Alexandria, MN

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