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Election Denier Phil Waldron’s Communications with Arizona Senate Leaders

Waldron’s name has emerged in news reports about the investigation into Mark Meadows’s role in Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, providing yet another reminder of the links between those efforts and partisan election reviews in multiple states.
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American Oversight Obtains Texas County Election Officials’ Communications About Secretary of State Election Audit

December 8, 2021
The emails from Collin and Tarrant counties reflect confusion among local election officials after the Texas secretary of state’s office announced a “full forensic audit” of election results in late September.
A map of Texas with a hand counting ballots in blue, and a hand counting ballots in red.

Lawyers in Florida Attorney General’s Office Mocked December 2020 Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Election Results

October 27, 2021
One staff member called Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit “bats--t insane” — the day before Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody joined 16 other state attorneys general in supporting it.
Ken Paxton next to a ballot box and money

News Roundup: Congressional Hearing on Arizona ‘Audit’; Lawsuit Against Wisconsin Assembly; and New Report on Trump’s DOJ Pressure Campaign

October 8, 2021
Arizona’s bogus election review continues to have far-reaching, democracy-undermining effects in Texas, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.

American Oversight Launches Investigation into Texas Election ‘Audit’

October 6, 2021
“As we’ve seen in Arizona, these phony audits have nothing to do with election security and are intended to perpetuate false claims of voter fraud to justify new restrictions on voting,” said American Oversight's executive director.
Torn "I voted" sticker, with Greg Abott and an image of a Texas state map.

News Roundup: More Bogus Audits, Trump’s Covid-19 Postcards, and the Costs of ‘Operation Lone Star’

October 1, 2021
As we wrote last week, it did not matter that the sham “audit” of votes cast in Maricopa County repeated what had already been confirmed by actual independent audits — that Joe Biden defeated Trump. The election review’s primary outcome was in keeping conspiracy theories and lies about voter fraud alive for the multiple months it dragged on.

News Roundup: Same Lies, Different States

June 25, 2021
American Oversight obtained more documents from the Arizona Senate's "audit" of ballots cast in Maricopa County.

News Roundup: Voting Rights and Trump Accountability

May 7, 2021
In addition to focusing on threats to voting rights and democracy, American Oversight has also been working to hold Trump officials accountable for their actions.

In the Documents: Emails About Last-Minute Trump DHS Agreements with States

April 15, 2021
American Oversight has obtained emails between DHS officials and officials in Louisiana and Texas regarding the unusual agreements signed during the final weeks of the Trump administration.

News Roundup: The Big Lie Becomes Big Policy

March 25, 2021
The sheer number of voting-restriction bills currently floating in state legislatures makes it hard to keep track of where each proposal stands. But they all point to the fact that conservative leaders and fundraisers have increasingly adopted such restrictions as a primary policy position.