2022 Election

Letters: Councilman challenges letterwriter on running election

Posted 6/16/22

To Ron Moe (whoever you are), concerning your letter to this editor in the Surprise Independent on May 18.

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2022 Election

Letters: Councilman challenges letterwriter on running election

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To Ron Moe (whoever you are), concerning your letter to this editor in the Surprise Independent on May 18.

You do not know what you are talking about. The fact that my signatures on my petitions were challenged has nothing to do with our ballots being safe. Our integrity in the way we vote in Surprise is intact. In my particular case, one of my opponents challenged the signatures on my petition, and every candidate has the right to do that.

Every candidate up for reelection must ask the question of each person that signs the petition, not only are you eligible to vote, but are you eligible to vote in the district that he is running for.

I cannot run roughshod over my constituents on whether they are registered voters or not. You are mixing apples and oranges, which has nothing to do with each other. Let’s hope when you run for City Council, you get it right. 

I have in the past got 100 to 200 extra signatures just in case my petition was challenged. Unfortunately, during that time frame (January to March) I was in ill health and did not go that extra mile. At the time the hearing took place, I was in the hospital and had to do the hearing with the judge over the computer.

You have come to some conclusions in your letter that you guessed about. So thank you for the suggestions on how you would run an election. I’m sure you have run elections in the past.

So, let’s put some of your suggestions to work by having a serial number on the ballot to match the voter’s serial number. That will give voters a warm, cozy feeling that their vote is not private.

Let’s eliminate mail-in ballots. That should deprive more people of their right to vote. 

So nice job, Ron Moe. I am sure Maricopa County elections board will be calling for your help.

Winters is a Surprise city councilman from District 1.

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  • NanaKay

    Thank you Councilman Winters for not only accepting the hearing loss over your signatures with dignity, but also speaking soundly about free, fair & secure elections in Maricopa County! Best wishes to you in your recovery & whatever brings you joy in the future. You have served this community with integrity!

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