South Dakota Republican Party supports President Trump’s effort to ensure the integrity of the vote, and to verify that every legal vote is counted.

South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman announced today that the South Dakota Republican Party stands in full support and agreement with Governor Kristi Noem and President Donald Trump that every vote deserves to be counted.

In a statement, SDGOP Chair Dan Lederman noted that “considering the razor thin margins in several key states, President Trump and the American people deserve the same consideration that races at all levels of government enjoy.”

“South Dakota’s legislative elections produced a close contest this last summer where the results were flipped after a recount, which no one had envisioned or expected,” Lederman said, “but our democracy does not promise things be tied up in a neat bow, as some in the media seem to demand.  All voters deserve for their voice to be heard, and for all legal votes to be counted.”

Lederman continued, “there are some basic principles that as Americans, we should be able to agree to:

1) Over 70 million Americans cast their ballot to re-elect President Donald J Trump and they have a right to know that their vote was counted, no less than Al Gore’s voters deserved to spend 37 days reviewing the presidential vote back in 2000.

2) One of the most important duties of President is to uphold the Constitution and to protect the integrity of the election process. We support President Trump in the execution of these duties.

3) Any incidence of voter fraud is one too many and should be exposed then prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“Free and fair elections are not exclusively Republican, Democrat, or Independent values – and we should be willing to make sure that those values are applied fairly across the board,” Lederman said.