Letter: Mike Panchura, Sterling

Editor: You have to wonder why there was such a bizarre reaction by some Democrats to Republican Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to audit Virginia’s voting machines.

Last week, Mr. Youngkin, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, calmly proposed, “I think we need to make sure that people trust these voting machines … so let’s just audit the voting machines and publish it (the audit) so everyone can see it.” 

That’s when Youngkin’s opponent, Terry McAuliffe, and other Democrat politicians immediately and furiously pounced. 

For example: Ms. Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, took to her Twitter account to proclaim, “This is simply a continuation of Trump’s BIG LIE.  Again I say, if you perpetuate this lie, you are a threat to democracy & shouldn’t be in office.”  Ms. Juli Briskman, Loudoun County’s Algonkian District Supervisor, went to her Twitter account to write, “big bad CEO @GlennYoungkin, just like #failed former guy & Larry Elder, knows he’s losing so attempts preemptive rebuttal. (And cue the grift while you’re t it).”  Mr. McAuliffe himself replied to Youngkin’s proposal by declaring, “Give me a Break.”

You’ll notice that none of these Democrats responded to Youngkin’s call for an audit by defending the integrity of Virginia’s voting machines. Instead, they responded bizarrely by lashing out at Youngkin and former President Trump, or, like McAuliffe did, by merely blowing off what Youngkin has proposed, and you have to wonder why.

You have to wonder why did Mr. McAuliffe, et al, react in such a manner.  You have to wonder why they oppose Youngkin’s seemingly reasonable proposal to conduct an audit that would help to ensure that Virginia voters trust Virginia’s voting machines. 

Hmmm? Huh? Why?

Mike Panchura, Sterling

11 thoughts on “Letter: Mike Panchura, Sterling

  • 2021-10-10 at 1:19 am

    Well Mike,

    There isn’t a problem with our machines. What exactly do you think an “audit” of our machines would be? Publishing the software? Checking for broken gears? Inspecting for mice?

    The reason we blow off this idea is that it falls someplace between stupid and insane.

    • 2021-10-12 at 5:37 pm

      How do you know there is nothing wrong with the machine?

  • 2021-10-10 at 8:28 am

    The (D)s are attached to a failing POTUS. Failed social policies. And failed economic policies.

    Personal attacks and emotional outbursts are all they have at this point.

  • 2021-10-10 at 9:13 am

    During a recent debate, Glenn Youngkin was asked about Donald Trump’s suggestion that Virginia Democrats may try to steal the 2021 election. Youngkin replied: “No. I think we are going to have a clean, fair election and I fully expect to win.” Now Mr. Youngkin tries to stoke fear with his phony appeal for an audit. He knows audits are routinely conducted in Virginia. The gentleman has no shame. His message changes depending on who he thinks is listening. (He’s been caught on tape being blatantly deceptive.) Please vote Loudoun!

  • 2021-10-10 at 10:04 am

    I learned early in my career the the appearance of being unbias and trustworthy is as important as being unbiased and trustworthy. I support checking the machines for 2 reasons, if they’re faulty you can fix or replace them. If the are in proper order it kills the argument that they’re “rigged” . I can’t understand why anyone would oppose this.

    • 2021-10-13 at 12:57 pm

      You are correcrt–in this case however the machines are checked before and after the elections by both parties and outsde officials. They have been certifed correct. So what purpose is served to do an audit? The election rersults have been certified . I urge you to become an Election Official and see how this all works- for yourself-This is nothing more than a solution in search of a problem pure and simple.

  • 2021-10-10 at 11:01 am

    The easier it is to vote, the more stringent the checks to ensure safety and integrity, and the more severe the punishment for violations.

    We have technology that can track movement. We have technology that can route drivers around traffic. We need to be using it on voting-related equipment. Everything involved in vote counting should be under a signatory chain of custody. Everything involved must be returned to the county board of elections within 3 hours of polls closing. Anything returned after that must be segregated and uncounted until after certification and the person with signatory chain of custody over items not returned in time charged with election tampering. I think we are all tired of suddenly “finding” a box containing votes days later.

  • 2021-10-11 at 9:56 am

    We need to keep alive these efforts! One should always question the validity of a win whenever it doesn’t go your way! And make sure you use taxpayer money to do it! That is the fiscally responsible thing to do, a cornerstone of Republican ideals.

    A good example of that is Arizona. Ton of time and money spent, and people are still not accepting it.

    • 2021-10-11 at 10:04 am

      But, but, but…. yesterday (Sunday), during a CNN interview, Mcauliffe (D) once again suggested that the 2000 AND 2004 POTUS elections were stolen by the (R)s.

      You know… “questioning the validity of a win whenever it doesn’t go your own way!”

  • 2021-10-11 at 12:00 pm

    Why has the Fairfax County BoS (D majority) asked the Virginia governor to again waive the witness requirement for absentee ballots in this Novermber’s election?

    Virginia Covid cases and hospitalizations have significantly dropped.
    Virginia’s state of emergency order expired on 30JUN21.

    The state Board of Elections has reiterated the witnessing requirement, yet the (D)s don’t want to abide by state law.


  • 2021-10-11 at 1:57 pm

    Democrats oppose election integrity at every step because they cheat.

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