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HICCUP, the League of Women Voters, and Ark Valley Voice do not Share the Same Mission

Two falsehoods being advanced by the leadership of HICCUP (Honesty in Chaffee County Under Protest) have come to light recently that must be corrected. There is absolutely no mission overlap between Ark Valley Voice and what appear to be the purposes of the HICCUP group. Nor is there an overlap in the mission of the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County and HICCUP. None.

“Since the League of Women Voters was formed in Chaffee County nearly 50 years ago, we have served the community as a nonpartisan, nonprofit source of voter education and information so citizens can make fact-based decisions when they vote, ” said the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County Leadership Team Coordinator Marjie Gray. ” We empower voters and defend democracy.” 

Ark Valley Voice exists to ensure that truth has a voice. We are a nonprofit news organization adhering to the highest ethical standards, attested to by our membership in the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado News Collaborative, and the Institute for Nonprofit News. We have repeatedly affirmed that the organizing principle of this country is democracy — and that AVV stands for the rule of law and this democracy.

HICCUP appears to exist to spread election disinformation, including lies about 2020 election fraud, and focuses on the continued harassment of the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder, which would certainly seem to be the antithesis of democracy.

Ark Valley Voice has pointed out that these are divergent missions at least five times in articles about the HICCUP group since August 8, 2023:

August 8:

August 16:

August 18:

August 26:

August 29:

“As we approach the 2023 elections, and look ahead to the 2024 election, it is more important than ever that local communities become educated about the issues and candidates based upon facts, rather than inuendoes and disinformation,” adds Ark Valley Voice Publisher/Managing Editor Jan Wondra. “Creating chaos and distrust in local elections and in the people who are in charge of elections is counterproductive to democracy.”