west palm beach, florida – Four Republicans seeking to overhaul how elections are run by becoming state chief election officials said Saturday they were fighting a corrupt system, even pointing to mysterious forces within their own parties. was.
Candidates Mark Finkem of Arizona, Christina Karamo of Michigan, Jim Marchant of Nevada and Audrey Trujillo of New Mexico falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump appeared at a conference inside a South Florida hotel ballroom featuring many speakers who
“Our greatest enemy is our own party,” he said. hawker, a businessman and former state legislator who was one of Trump’s most ardent supporters to challenge President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Nevada. “We’re Republicans, but we’re kind of outsiders. We have our fights, but we don’t give up.”
All are members of the United States Secretary of State coalition calling for sweeping changes in elections. While not officially related to Trump’s America First movement, it is part of a broader effort to back conservative candidates who subscribe to the former president’s views.
Elimination of voting machines, mail-in ballots and early voting is also part of the plan.We also support the federation Count all ballots A day to vote for all Americans with a few exceptions. They didn’t say whether Election Day should be a national holiday.
Many of their ideas baseless claims that the voting machine is in operation; About two years after the 2020 election, no evidence came to suggest pervasive fraud Or manipulation during review with results upheld that show Biden won.
four of them Almost 1 in 3 Republican Candidates A review by the Associated Press reports that he is running for statewide offices to oversee, authorize, or defend elections that favored overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Election experts say a candidate who challenges the results of a valid election without evidence of wrongdoing risks interfering in future elections.warn they can cause confusion If they refuse to accept or challenge an outcome they do not like.
With the November election less than nine weeks away, candidates took a break from campaigning in their states to attend an event hosted by the Secretary of State and the Florida chapter of the America Project.America Project was founded by Michael Flynn retired lieutenant general and trump Former National Security Advisorand Patrick Byrne, founder of Overstock.com.
was the latest in nationwide efforts To question the results of the 2020 election and spread conspiracy theories about how voting machines and election offices work. The forum, which has been held for over a year, has helped undermine confidence in the Republican Party’s wide-ranging elections.
Saturday’s meeting was attended by hundreds and featured numerous panels alleging the election was being rigged in various ways. One panel was made up of former Democrat and Republican candidates from across the country. cast doubt on their election defeat in a bid to challenge an elected official in their state.
Karamo, a community college professor, made headlines when he was an election observer in Detroit after the 2020 election, alleging fraud in the processing of mailed ballots. She called the electoral system corrupt.
“This is not a partisan issue. This is a freedom issue,” Karamo said. “That’s why we see people within our own party claiming to be Republicans who are trying to shut us up and stop us. We are the Republican candidate for this office, but I We have people in our own party who want us to lose because they are part of it.”
Extensive Review of the 2020 Elections in Michigan by Republicans The legislature found no systemic irregularities or problems that would change the outcome.Similar reviews in other battleground states I came to the same conclusion. dozens of lawsuits What has been brought in by Trump and his allies has been turned away and the former president’s Own Justice Department No evidence of widespread fraud was found.
Nonetheless, the Republican candidate’s secretary, who will address Saturday, said of a system they see as hopelessly corrupt.
As a state legislator, Finkem said he had called a hearing to discuss his concerns about the election, noting that Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a final-term Republican, had dismissed the effort. did. Finchem said.
“We are fighting cartels,” he added.
Finchem On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters were in the U.S. Capitol before attacking Congress and calling for the withdrawal of Biden’s victory in Arizona.
False Claims About the 2020 Election Death threats against election officials and workers, some prompts quit one’s job There are also growing concerns about the loss of experienced professionals to oversee the November elections.
Repeated false claims of stolen elections have also undermined confidence in US elections. His AP and NORC Center for Public Affairs and Research polls for 2021 show that about two-thirds of Republicans They say they don’t think Biden was legally elected.
Trujillo, a small business owner from the central New Mexico town of Corrales, said she hopes state officials will follow the law and be more transparent when it comes to elections. We have raised concerns about the security of the drop box used to return the forms. no evidence of widespread problems with dropbox.
She also criticized election officials for belittling and belittling skeptical voters.
“We as voters are asking questions and we should be asking them,” Trujillo said in an interview after speaking as part of the panel. You shouldn’t feel like you can’t ask for it because it looks like Because honesty needs to be there. We need a lot of transparency. “
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