Grand Lake town clerk protected rights of honest voters |

Grand Lake town clerk protected rights of honest voters

I think every legitimate voter in Grand Lake owes town clerk Rhonda Kolinske a big thank you for preventing non-qualified electors from diluting the power of each legitimate vote. Thank you for ensuring only those persons who are truly qualified to vote in a town election do so. And thank you for having the veracity to stand up to those who would pressure you to look the other way, who want you to allow them to get their own agenda passed by whatever means, legal or illegal, they think is necessary.

In response to Patrick Brower’s biased Aug. 19 letter, when did telling the truth and being honest become a negative? Brower states, “Would you feel confident about registering to vote in Grand Lake if you knew a town clerk was going to check you out and then, possibly, refer your name to the District Attorney?”

Well, yes I would, Mr. Brower. If I’m telling the truth, what do I have to fear? “Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing,” It’s critical for our town officials, sworn to uphold the law, do 50 even under great duress and stress, and those who do should be commended for standing up to bullies. Thank you, Rhonda Kolinske, for protecting the rights of all honest voters. let’s make the liars less confident. Let’s make the liars think twice before they sign a document swearing they have a legal right to vote in an election they don’t have a legal right to vote in. Those telling the truth have nothing to fear from an election official who is seeking to determine a voter’s legal right to cast their all-important vote.

Folks who claim Grand Lake as their primary residence only to escape paying higher taxes on vehicles, or not needing emissions stickers, or to escape being called for jury duty, or just because they think it’s “cool” to have a Grand Lake address, hardly fit the definition of permanent resident. Or do some think they are above the rules and laws the rest of us abide by, and can do whatever they please, then complain when they get caught and are found guilty of voter fraud.

A large percentage of business owners who provide jobs for the locals, pay sales tax, property taxes and license fees to the town, can’t vote because they don’t live within the town limits. But someone who doesn’t remotely fit the definition of a permanent Grand Lake resident should be able to lie and not be held accountable? Mr. Brower, is that what you teach your children? It’s only important to tell the truth when it suits your purpose, but lie if you can get away with it? I’m not willing to allow folks to vote illegally just so we can feel good about a n increased number of voters, or because you have been hired to represent a candidate’s interest. In response to your final point, Ms. Kolinske’s efforts appear to be considered with the “ultimate seriousness” to protect the rights of legitimate voters, and to only interfere with those whose supposed “right to vote” in this election is questionable at best, and perhaps even criminal.

Doug Doudna

Grand Lake

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