Lori Compas‘ stance on the GAB’s decision to allow fake Democrats on the ballot is spot-on. Here is her statement in its entirety via Amanda Hall:
The Government Accountability Board’s decision to allow fake democrats to appear on the ballot in the democratic primary concerns me as a citizen, not as a candidate, because of what it says about the integrity of the electoral process. This is not about the dates of the elections, this is about the integrity and honesty of our elections and like any voter, I am concerned.
My volunteers and I have been going door to door talking with voters about the upcoming election, and we’ve spoken with numerous voters who are confused by this fake candidate situation. Just this past weekend a woman asked me for some sort of proof that I was the “real” candidate. She asked me if the ballot would indicate which candidates were fake.
People need to be able to trust the information that appears on their ballots. That’s why we have statutes regarding election fraud.
On his official paperwork, Mr. Ellerman, the Lake Mills man who is forcing a primary in our district, claimed to be a Democrat when he’s actually a Republican. That’s a lie, plain and simple. The voters do not have time for these underhanded games.
If we allow a Republican to appear on the ballot as a Democrat, we’re saying that it’s acceptable to place false information on a ballot. This undermines citizens’ confidence in this process specifically and in government in general.
The honest answer would have been for these Republican candidates to simply run in the primary as Republicans. That would accomplish their goal of forcing a primary and delaying the election without the candidates having to falsify their official paperwork. It would accomplish their goal without falsifying the ballot. I think these candidates should be given a choice: run honestly, as Republicans, or withdraw from the race. It’s as simple as that.
(3) Prohibited acts. No person may:
12.13(3)(a) (a) Falsify any information in respect to or fraudulently deface or destroy a certificate of nomination, nomination paper, declaration of candidacy or petition for an election, including a recall petition or petition for a referendum; or file or receive for filing a certificate of nomination, nomination paper, declaration of candidacy or any such petition, knowing any part is falsely made.
Go, Lori, go!