Supervisors of Elections to elected officials: ‘Tone down the rhetoric’
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The non-partisan plea comes as Americans express a growing distrust in once-revered institutions.

Election supervisors statewide are urging elected officials to restore public trust in democracy and defend the nation’s electoral process against falsehoods.

In an unprecedented open letter, the supervisors warned democracy is under threat. The election system, they wrote, is facing waves of misinformation.

“We ask all candidates and elected officials to tone down the rhetoric and stand up for democracy,” the letter, from the Florida Supervisors of Elections, says. “We ask that you work with us to understand the safeguards implemented to ensure elections are conducted fairly, securely, and accurately.”

The nonpartisan plea comes as Americans express a growing distrust in once-revered institutions, such as government, media and academia. Without naming former President Donald Trump, the letter cites the 2020 Presidential Election as a turning point. Trump has repeatedly questioned the results of the election.

“False claims of fraud do not strengthen our elections,” the collective wrote. “Instead, they degrade confidence in the institutions, and discourage citizen participation in our democracy.”

Though Florida avoided much of the election skepticism projected upon states, including Arizona, some Florida Republicans remain steadfast on calls for a “forensic audit.”

One proposal, sponsored by GOP Rep. Anthony Sabatini, would order Gov. Ron DeSantis to appoint an independent third party to review the 2020 General Election. Trump seized the prized battleground state by more than 380,000 votes.

The issue of election integrity, however, isn’t partisan. Stacy Abrams, a former 2018 Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor, publicly disputed the 2018 gubernatorial election results as recently as Monday. She, like Trump, filed lawsuits in the wake of the loss and fundraised off the allegation.

The letter points to former President Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address in its conclusion. The elections process, the letter highlights, is the cornerstone of a government of, by and for “the people.”

“To this end, we call on officials at all levels of government to commit themselves to the goal of fighting falsehoods and strengthening voter trust,” the letter says. “We can rise to this challenge. Our democracy depends on it.”

The Florida Supervisors of Elections represents all 67 Florida counties. A copy of the letter is featured below.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


  • JmjUSA

    October 21, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    “The non-partisan plea”.. .a bunch of bs.. Do your damn job, Delgado..
    What about the Al gore debacle, the Stacie Abrams attempted steal, the very attempt at our Florida coke crack addict demon-rat candidate..

    Our democracy is under attack because of “typists” like your ilk who are mouthpieces for censorship, unless it’s your allies on the left…

    Non-partisan my arse…

  • Ron Ogden

    October 21, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    “. . .in once-revered institutions.”
    There’s the problem: reverence is for angels and saints, not for supervisors of election and their colleagues. Why on earth to you think people are supposed to “revere” you. If you had written “once-trusted institutions” you would have been more correct. A lot of Americans have lost their trust in “institutions” and given it to Donald J. Trump. You, naturally, don’t know why, so you and your colleagues like Lemon and Scarborough have decided that Americans who voted for Trump were stupid, uneducated hicks. And as far as Biden et al, they just reek with that hubris. People see that, and they come to distrust you even more.

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