Republicans who backed former President Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ that the 2020 general election was stolen are raising huge sums for Secretary of State’s races across the country, further indication of their efforts to exercise partisan control over the elections.
“Candidates for secretary of state in three battlefield states – Georgia, Michigan and Minnesota – collectively amassed 2.5 times more than candidates at a comparable time in the 2014 or 2018 election cycles, ”reported The Huffington Post, citing a new analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice, which will track campaign spending in these and other races.
The Secretary of State – in most states – is the state’s chief electoral officer, responsible for overseeing the voting and counting of votes, as well as the certification of election results. They also maintain voter lists, voter registration processes, and have the power to investigate violations of electoral law.
“Increasingly, election denial is a very visible problem in running for election administration posts, ”notes the Brennan Center. “Indeed, to our knowledge, this is the first time in the modern era that questions about the legitimacy of elections have played such an important role in contests for election officials. “
Electoral integrity (or the lack of it) continued to dominate conversations among Republicans, who argued that Democrats’ efforts to consolidate voting rights amounted to little more than a partisan takeover. Through it all, former President Trump has remained an almost ubiquitous figure. Earlier this week, Trump attacked Senator Mike Rounds, a Republican from South Dakota, after Rounds dismissed his lies about the 2020 general election.
There is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud and Trump’s own security agencies claimed it in 2020 even as he continued to claim fraud was responsible for his electoral loss.
A declaration of the Federal Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security (CISA), as part of a joint declaration by the Election Coordinating Council of the Government of Infrastructure and the Election The infrastructure sector executive coordination committees revealed that the agencies found “no evidence that a voting system suppressed or lost votes, altered votes or was compromised in any way.” The statement went on to refer to General 2020 election as “the safest in American history”.