Washington: Among the countless offices that drew attention in the US vote on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT), the normally obscure post of Secretary of State stands out.
In most states, that position is the highest-ranking election official who oversees the state’s voting system. In some of the country’s pivotal swing states, Republicans have nominated candidates for that office who supported the overthrow of the 2020 presidential election to keep Donald Trump in the White House.
All told, half of the 22 Republicans running for election overseeing secretaries of state have echoed Trump’s election lies, and seven of them supported his efforts to overthrow the will of the people and achieve the 2020 election. to stay in power.
“If they win, we’ll have someone walking on a platform of election denial and saying, ‘Basically, elections are only legitimate if my candidate wins,'” said David Becker, executive director of The Center for Election Innovation & Research and co-author from The Great Trutha book that warns of the dangers of Trump’s election lies.
In Arizona, State Representative Mark Finchem, who attended Trump’s January 6, 2021 meeting that preceded the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, is posing for Secretary of State after saying he would secure Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. that state would not have certified.
Nevada GOP nominee Jim Marchant made the same promise. In New Mexico, challenger to Republican Secretary of State Audrey Trujillo cheered a failed US Supreme Court appeal in 2020 to undo Biden’s victory.
And in the perennial state of Michigan, Republican Kristina Karamo insists Biden didn’t actually win her state, even though he did — by more than 154,000 votes.
The candidatures of election conspirators have sparked an avalanche of spending in the contests, mainly by Democrats and their allies. They have bombarded the races with multimillion-dollar ads that urge voters to think twice before entrusting such candidates with the job of running elections.