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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.