Finish the Task

Dear Editor:

Bruce Poliquin will, and must, continue his challenge to the ranked choice voting system and the constitutionality of the results. He will because it is his choice as a citizen of this republic and he has the freedom to do so. He must, because he is a representative of the voters in the 2nd Congressional District who, 20,000 strong, voted against the RCV and feel disenfranchised by the results of the new voting system.

It bears repeating that those who decry the challenges to RCV as an effort to erode the voter’s confidence in the voting process spent millions in an effort to erode the voter’s confidence in the voting process in order to pass RCV. To one eligible citizen there is given one vote. That is the Constitution and, as Rep. Poliquin took an oath to defend the Constitution, he is required by that oath to challenge this attack on the very foundation of our republic.

In this light, the argument and subsequent mockery of Poliquin that he did not fully criticize RCV during the election and that this somehow invalidates his challenge is at best irrelevant and at worst laughable. The representative is bound by his oaths of public servitude to his constituents, the integrity of this republic and the ideals set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Yet he is, of course, free to violate these oaths, as some do, for personal ease and deflection of responsibility. But the erosion of the individual voting rights of the citizen will only continue.

No, Bruce Poliquin is bound to see this through, to finish this task. In so doing, perhaps, he can raise the awareness of the too often apathetic voter. Maybe there can arise enough passion to repeal this travesty.

Andy Torbett


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