Letter to the Editor:

Last week, Conover resident Shirley Kufeldt wrote a guest column strongly suggesting that election fraud affected the outcome of November’s presidential election.

Shirley is the chief election inspector for the town of Conover. I greet her every time I go to vote and I know her to be a highly ethical, conscientious and professional poll worker. She takes that job very seriously.

Therefore, it was very disappointing to read Shirley’s opinion that hundreds, maybe thousands of her fellow poll workers across the country are basically cheats.

Because that’s the only way for meaningful voter fraud to happen. Poll workers and election clerks, who handle every ballot, would need to be either willfully negligent or actively and dishonestly complicit in falsifying ballots or altering or destroying ballots or tampering with machines or openly ignoring election laws.

No one has suggested any other credible way that “massive” voter fraud could occur without election workers being directly involved.

Maybe I’m naïve, but I know too many election clerks just like Shirley whose ethical standards and whose conscience would never allow them to accept, much less participate in, election fraud of any kind.

In recent months, dozens of judges, several recounts and multiple investigations have all reached the same conclusion: poll workers nationwide did the same admirable work they always do, in compliance with tough anti-fraud election laws, and the November election was therefore fair and without fraud. As usual. I think election inspector Shirley Kufeldt, in her heart of hearts, knows this to be true as well.

Trump won in 2016 and it wasn’t the end of the world. Trump lost in 2020 and it won’t be the end of the world.

But it will be the end of democracy as we know it if our own election officials and elected representatives continue to perpetuate the idea that our poll workers are the enemy, that the work they do cannot be trusted and that, therefore, election results are no longer valid.

Jim Holperin