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We must work collectively to prevent another Jan. 6

This letter to the editor was originally published in the Daily Camera.

The January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a dark day in our nation’s history. Now two years after this event, it is even more clear how disinformation about the 2020 election sparked the insurrection and continues to attack our democratic processes. The involvement and apparent leadership of white supremacy organizations to foment disinformation and mistrust in our election systems is a disturbing indicator of this ongoing threat.

Fortunately, the 2022 midterm elections ran smoothly and securely, and last month Congress has passed the Electoral Count Reform Act to clarify guidelines for certifying and counting votes for president and vice president. The League hopes for and will continue to advocate for more bipartisan action by Congress to pass voting rights expansions. Locally, we’ll continue exploring and advocating for voting methods and processes that meaningfully engage even more community members.

Individuals and organizations, including here in Boulder County, can also remain vigilant about and address disinformation about election systems; recognize and counter harmful bias and discrimination; and support election officials and workers to make sure we have peace at the polls, every election and every year.

Collectively these actions can help ensure our country never experiences another event like on Jan. 6, 2021, and that democracy works for ALL people.

Elizabeth Crowe, president, League of Women Voters of Boulder County