One of the most obvious overtones of the announcement speech delivered by State Sen. Jim Carlin on Monday in his run for U.S. Senate was that he supports President Donald J. Trump and has serious reservations about the 2020 election results.
“Never again should millions of Americans be left to question the legitimacy of an election, or given so many reasons to doubt the veracity of what they were told about who won what state, when and how the votes were counted,” he said.
“Never again should the political class abdicate its responsibility to investigate and hold hearings when millions of Americans had doubt about the legitimate winner of an election. People we relied on to tell us the truth let us down by not seeking the truth.”
That line resulted in the longest round of applause Carlin received from the 30 people in attendance.
Carlin highlighted the difference in state laws when it comes to Voter ID, automatically mailed ballots, ballot harvesting, drop boxes and no-excuse absentee voting. He also hit hard on the fact ballots are counted in some states if they’re received within two weeks after an election.
“We are equal in the words of the Constitution and we’re supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law,” he said. “This past election proved we were not. Not when there are different standards about who gets to vote, how they can vote, when they are allowed to vote and who supervises the count when votes are tabulated in the dark of the night.
“The American democracy will crumble if voters lose faith in the integrity of elections and those who count the ballots.”