There are multiple places we could point to for evidence of just how entrenched the lies about rigged elections are in right-wing circles.
From Arizona to Wisconsin, from Michigan to Washington state, election-deniers have pushed for conspiracy-fueled election reviews. Even as Covid-19 deaths reach levels not seen in months, voter-fraud lies are being promoted alongside opposition to masking requirements. False claims about fraud were circulating in California well before Tuesday’s decisive defeat of the recall effort.
As American Oversight laid out earlier this week, the Big Lie — that voter fraud robbed former President Trump of his reelection last year — “was able to take hold in part because it was built on a decades-long campaign by conservative activists and lawmakers, who hyped up the threat of voter fraud in order to impose restrictive voting laws and to cement their own political power.” See our report on the evolution of the Big Lie.
Read on for the latest news on these election-undermining efforts.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court left in place rulings from two lower courts that had determined that records in the physical custody of Cyber Ninjas — the lead contractor in the state Senate’s partisan election “audit” — are public records and must be released.
Election-deniers have been pushing for an Arizona-style operation in Wisconsin, despite the existence of two ongoing investigations — including one ordered by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. That investigation took a strange turn this week:
Another partisan probe is underway in Pennsylvania, where Republican lawmakers on Wednesday approved subpoenas to the Pennsylvania Department of State for election data, including voters’ personal information and communications with county election officials.
Kelly Craft’s Kentucky Focus
We obtained State Department calendars for former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, revealing that she spent more than half of a two-month stretch in 2018 in her home state of Kentucky or — when she was in Canada — meeting with Kentuckians. Forbes reported on the calendars last week; previously, we found emails showing that Craft had directed government business to the Trump International Hotel in D.C.
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