County Republicans adopt resolution on voting fraud concerns

Washington County Republican Party, Utah | Image composite by Brett Barrett, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – At a recent meeting, the Washington County Republican Party central committee voted unanimously to adopt a resolution expressing deep concern over widespread reports of voter fraud across the country in the recent elections.

The resolution strongly encourages public officials who have jurisdiction over the sanctity of the election process to investigate and uncover the source of any fraud and to prosecute the perpetrators.

Willie Billings, Washington County Republican Party chairman, Election 2012
Washington County Republican Party Chairman Willie Billings, words of encouragement and observation, Election Night Party at The Village Bank, St. George, Utah, Nov. 6, 2012 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News

“If the election process eventually becomes corrupted to the point where outcomes are affected, then the true will of the people has not been expressed and elected officials have not obtained the consent of those they are supposed to represent,” said Willie Billings, chairman of the Washington County Republican Party. “This is a serious matter and we wanted to make a statement about it.”

The central committee, which is primarily composed of precinct chairmen and vice chairmen elected by their fellow Republicans in caucus meetings last spring, had a robust discussion about the purpose and wording of the resolution. Many members expressed dismay at the apathy of party and public leaders who have taken little or no action to look into voter fraud reports. The committee did not point to any problems locally or in Utah, but are responding to the numerous incidents reported in other states.

As a group, they agreed it is important to sound the alarm about potential corruption and voter fraud and to demand accountability so that the election process remains secure in the future.

“If criminal behavior goes undetected or even possibly, purposely ignored, it grows,”  Vice Chairwoman Shauna Jo Larkin said. “Reports of voter fraud should be addressed so that citizens are confident in the voting process. Our representative form of government depends on fair and honest elections.”

The resolution will be submitted to the Utah State Republican Party, Gov. Gary Herbert, all Utah state legislators and the Republican National Committee.

The resolution can be read by following the link below:

Washington County Republican Party Voter Fraud Resolution

Submitted by: Washington County Republican Party

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Washington County Republican Party, Utah | Image composite by Brett Barrett, St. George News

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5 Comments

  • Karen December 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Despite numerous official studies commissioned by election offices of many states that debunk the idea, the Republican notion of “widespread” voter fraud continues in Washington County. Looks like a lot of sour grapes and silliness to me.

  • Christopher Stout December 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    As a Democratic candidate in past elections, U.S. Senate in 2010, and Utah State Treasurer in 2012, the idea of “widespread” voter fraud — which doesn’t exist — could be handled quite effectively if counties and states removed the political process from voter registration and elections.

    Elections, redistricting and voter registration should be handled by independent, non-partisan commissions or election boards. Having the very people who can benefit or suffer the most in charge of elections always lead to claims of “voter fraud” or disenfranchisement. If the Washington County Republican Party were truly interesting in tackling the possibility of voter fraud, they should enact a resolution that divorces the process from partisan politics.

  • Dorothy Engelman December 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    This article refers to the allegations made regarding St. Lucie County. The courts have found no evidence of fraud.
    Florida Judge Denies Call For Recount, But Allen West Continues

    Questhttp://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/11/16/165303257/florida-judge-denies-recount-request-but-allen-west-continues-quest

    The last link is no longer active.
    http://www.punditpress.com/2012/11/fraud‐in‐pa‐obama‐got‐over‐99‐of‐vote.html)

    It’s interesting that the statements are all based on blogs or opinion sites, nothing is from a true news source or agency. It is like it’s proof by Facebook or Urban Myth.

    I find it amusing that this is the second article in two weeks written by members of the Republican party lamenting the re-election of President Obama. It should also be pointed out that several local Republican candidates received fewer votes this year than in the last election. Brad Last received 20% fewer votes in 2012 than in 2010, which refutes Mr. Billings previous statement that the Republicans did better than ever! Also by looking at a map showing the voting percentages of Utah Counties for President Obama; the claim that Washington County is the “reddest of the red” (as asserted by Mr. Billings) is another falsehood; 15 other counties cast fewer Obama votes than ours.

  • HunnerWoof December 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I’m sure they’ll retract the resolution the next time the results swing their way.

  • j December 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Be very wary of those who shout loudest against the minor issue of voter fraud. Often, their solution leads to election fraud by disenfranchising a specific group of the electorate.

    PS A CAPTCHA code. Really? Has it come to that?

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