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Election Integrity Matters

Candler, NC – Folks, just the other day the President of the United States, leader of the free world, suggested loosening election Integrity and that anyone opposed is a " domestic enemy". In New York City, where you have to show proof of vaccination to get a cheeseburger, you don't even need to be a citizen to vote. Such notions are dangerous and undermine our great Republic.

In my humble opinion we should vote on election day. Some, limited early voting is appropriate for valid reasons and should of course be done in person with proof of identification. Mail-in and Absentee ballots should be numbered, cross-referenced, strictly administered with proper verification of the applicant's identity. Signature verification and a voter ID requirement should be the norm, not the exception. I, for one, do not believe that anyone who is legally eligible to vote cannot vote or get to the polls. And if they do not have their own transportation we should encourage friends, family, and neighbors to take them along for that sacred duty we share. It is common sense and reasonable to expect anyone who wants to put leaders in elected office be able to shoulder the responsibility of providing an ID, being 18 or older, a US Citizen. That is not too much to ask. It's not the "bridge too far" President Biden makes it out to be. It is common sense. DC doesn't have a lot of that and perhaps that is why after 47 years in the swamp he doesn't get it. But one thing is certain; when we send this no non-sense businessman, conservative, outsider to Washington, we'll make the message loud and clear for him.

Bruce O’Connell is a long-time resident of Western North Carolina. In his 40+ years of business leadership as owner of the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway, he created an award-winning destination lodge, while artfully managing government dysfunction. In 2013, he single-handedly sued the Obama/Biden administration for shuttering his business as part of the government shutdown - and won. Bruce knows business and we believe his work ethic, mountain values, and commonsense approach are what our district needs now.

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