Today, November 3, 2020, is Election Day across the United States. We call for calm, patience, and restraint from the people of Provo while the winners are determined, however long that may be.
We can have confidence in our election system. Utah and Utah County have solid experience in the vote-by-mail process. It has shown itself to be reliable (albeit slower) and capable of detecting and rejecting ineligible votes.
We can have confidence in our judicial system for resolving contested elections. We are a country ruled by laws, and the laws in place will be applied by the judiciary to resolve any legal challenges to the results of the election.
We can have confidence in our law enforcement officers to keep the peace. We have laws protecting access to the polls, ensuring our rights to peaceful protest, and protecting against disorderly conduct. We have a competent and professional police force. Please report any violations to the authorities and allow them to enforce the laws and protect the public.
Understand that some in our community are feeling apprehensive about the election and what might follow. Let’s show forth the kindness and compassion that Provo is known for. Let’s be our best selves and be an example of a civil society that respects the rule of law.
Provo City Councilors
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Comment below (requires Google account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.