Among the many public offices drawing attention in Tuesday’s vote, the usually unknown secretary of state stands out.
In most states, that position is the chief elections official who oversees the state’s voting system. In some of America’s pivotal swing states, Republicans have nominated their candidates for office in support of overturning the 2020 presidential election to keep Donald Trump in the White House.
Half of the 22 Republicans running for the office of Secretary of State overseeing elections repeated Trump’s election lies, and seven of them supported his attempts to overthrow the will and remain in power in 2020.
David Becker, executive director of Election Innovation & Center, said: “If they win, there will be someone out there who has advocated electoral fraud, saying, ‘Actually, an election is only justified if my candidate wins.'” Research and co-author of “The Big Truth”, a book that warns of the dangers of Trump’s election.
Arizona told the Secretary of State after State Assemblyman Mark Finchem attending Trump’s rally ahead of the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that he would not have certified Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. I ran for office. situation. Nevada Republican nominee Jim Marchant has made the same pledge. In New Mexico, Republican contender Audrey Trujillo, Secretary of State, hailed a failed appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2020 to overturn Biden’s victory.
And in the eternal swing state of Michigan, Republican Christina Karamo claims that Biden didn’t actually win her state, despite winning by more than 154,000 votes.
The conspirators’ running for office has sparked an avalanche of primary spending, primarily by Democrats and their allies. They have poured millions of dollars in advertisements on the race urging voters to think carefully before leaving the job of running an election to such a candidate.
There’s a bunch of other electoral conspiracy theorists on Tuesday night with a near-guarantee victory in a less competitive state. In Wyoming, Assemblyman Chuck Gray is running unopposed. After he won the GOP primary, the state’s director of elections resigned and the GOP-controlled state legislature considered removing the election official from office but hesitated. In Alabama, in a steadfastly conservative state, Republican candidate Wes Allen supported a case to overturn Biden’s victory, which was dismissed by the US Supreme Court.
In some states, the Secretary of State does not oversee elections. In other regions, such as Pennsylvania, the governor appoints a secretary of state to oversee the vote. There, Republican nominee Doug Mastriano arranged a bus to take people to Trump’s Jan. 6 rally and promised to appoint someone to clean the state’s voters rolls, which forced some 8.8 million voters in the state to re-register.
In Wisconsin, the state’s bipartisan elections commission oversees elections, but some Republicans want to change that. The state’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, has blocked a bill in the GOP-controlled legislature that seeks to take the vote from the committee. Evers faces Republican Tim Michels, a Trump-backed businessman who has his own plans to make the committee more Republican-friendly.
In contrast, many incumbent Republican lawmakers rejected Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and won the primary over those who questioned the race. The most striking example is in Georgia, where Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rejected Trump’s private plea to “find” enough votes to declare Biden the winner in the state he actually won.
Raffensperger’s refusal upset Trump for recruiting a primal contender who suffered a bad loss in the May primary. Raffensperger now faces Democrat Senator Bee Nguyen on Tuesday.
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