BY RANDALL RYTI
Democratic Candidate for
Los Alamos County Council
As a candidate for elected office in New Mexico, I received a request to endorse the following five principles.
Honest Process. Cooperate with election officials, adhere to rules and regulations, and refrain from knowingly propagating falsehoods about the electoral process.
Civil Campaign. Encourage a peaceful election atmosphere during the pre-election, polling, counting, and post-election periods. Denounce any attempt to intimidate, harass, threaten or incite violence against opponents, their supporters, and election workers.
Secure Voting. Respect voters’ freedom to exercise their lawful rights to register and vote, free from interference, obstruction, or intimidation.
Fair Oversight. Encourage political parties and others to train poll-watchers on the election process and appropriate roles and behaviors, responsibilities, and obligations.
Trusted Outcomes. Make claims of election irregularities in accordance with the law and acknowledge the legitimacy of the outcomes after the results have been certified and all contestations decided.
I received the request about two weeks ago and I made the easy choice to endorse these principles. As a current elected official and candidate for re-election, I feel it is important to encourage civic engagement, meaningful discussion of issues, and voting.
I encourage you to look into this effort being promoted in our state by the New Mexico Democracy Project (https://nmfirst.org/initiatives/new-mexico-democracy-project/). You can also see who has endorsed these principles (https://principledcandidates.org/supporters/) and how this effort is being coordinated nationally (https://principledcandidates.org/).