“Politicians are not above others”


Governor Jay Inslee testified today in support of Senate Replacement Bill 5843 at a public hearing at Senate Committee on State Government and Elections.

“The big lie, that we can’t trust our democracy to count votes, has become a weapon. It’s being used all over America – including our state – and it will incite violence again. It exists many examples where the law punishes lying on official documents or under oath – and I think some standard should apply here,” Inslee said.

January 6, 2021 was a pivotal day in American history. Attempts to hold elected leaders accountable for their role in spreading disinformation and inciting a murderous coup attempt from the US Capitol are ongoing. But the governor says the growing number of candidates and elected officials knowingly embracing false election information poses a longer-term threat to democracy.

Inslee’s SB 5843 specifically applies to elected officials or candidates who “knowingly, recklessly, or maliciously” make false statements or assertions about an election and intend to incite lawlessness, undermine an election, or pretend mistakenly they won. The bill makes such an action a serious offence.

Read the rest of the story on the Governor’s Medium page.

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