I wanted to share a post from a seat mate and fellow Government & Veterans Affairs (GVA) committee member – Representative Marie Strinden. In the past two weeks GVA has moved into the last of the bills we’ll be hearing – all either relate to changes in voter laws or ethics. Marie sat down this weekend, pulled each of the voter bills and created a complete timeline and description of each – just click here or on Marie’s photo for a full read on the topic.
It’s hard to believe we’re even talking about this in North Dakota! I mean seriously… changing voter laws on the basis that fraud could happen? But, to be sure! If passed, these bills could affect how we vote in North Dakota going forward. There is a slim chance they could get killed in the Senate, but those of us with front row seats would rather NOT take that chance. We’d like to see them killed in the House and be done with this ridiculous idea before it has a chance to take hold.
The logic behind this? Near as we can tell, it’s a “Father Knows Best” mentality. There is no evidence of voter fraud in North Dakota (one voter out of 10.519 affidavits has not yet been confirmed) and our own official voting “experts” are dismissed as we’re told the potential exists, so therefor it must be corrected. And, as you’ll see in Marie’s detailing of the bills in question, one in particular hasn’t even been provided with the benefit of a public hearing.
So – what can be done?
1. Right now, stop what you’re doing and share this post/message. We need to get this out to as many people as possible – as quickly as possible.
2. Go to the state website www.legis.nd.gov and find your district representative. Every representative is listed by district, along with their contact information on this site.
3. Email them. Let them know this breach of public trust is UNACCEPTABLE! Remind them they work for YOU – not a party, and certainly not any national interest groups.
4. Then, for every person who reads this or Marie’s posts – SHARE them out again! Get it on facebook and twitter. Share it out via email or blogs. But, please – we HAVE to get this in the hands of the people who can make the greatest impact….. YOU!
Stay tuned. We’ll be sure to post how these play out on the House Floor – or tune in yourself. By going to that same state website, you can watch the video streamed live, or you can catch the videos later. Just click on the video calendar to catch any past session in either the House or the Senate.