What happened Nov. 3? With a pandemic raging, a number of states became concerned with the safety of their voting system. People waiting in lines and election workers being exposed to thousands of voters was unacceptable.

Several states then adjusted their systems to extend voting days and make absentee and mail-in voting possible. Making the democratic process available was the goal. Because of these changes, more citizens than ever were able to cast their votes.

Unfortunately, political camps after the results were tabulated claimed fraud and cheating. They are using this situation to create the greatest divide in our citizenry since the Civil War. We are facing the possibility of violence and discord when an election result should only confirm our democratic principles and let us move forward.

Many politicians see this as a chance to gain approval with their voting segment in hopes of promoting their own political career. They encourage people to gather and protest while they realize the election results will stand.

We have elected our next president. The only other result of this election should be a realization that we need a uniform voting system. A system that encourages and supports free and fair elections. A system whose results won't be challenged by politicians whose main goal lies far from the common good and more toward personal gain.

I hope that we can get through this situation and continue as the greatest democratic republic in history.

GENE BIER

Milton 

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