FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
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WASHINGTON D.C. — Following Tuesday’s primary results, candidates echoing Donald Trump’s election conspiracy theories are vying to oversee voting in six battleground states if elected in November. In response to Tuesday’s primary election results, Kim Rogers, executive director of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS), issued the following statement:
“Americans should be alarmed. A coordinated right-wing movement is working to elect candidates who are willing to ignore legitimate election results and hand our government over to extremists. Already, the MAGA movement could take control of election offices in six battleground states if we don’t stop them. These candidates want to pick and choose the winners of our elections – voters be damned.”
Secretary of State candidates who spread lies about the 2020 election results have now secured the Republican nomination in the battleground states of Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, and New Mexico.
In Michigan, election denier Kristina Karamo has already received the Republican Party’s endorsement, and is expected to receive the official nomination at the state party’s convention later this month.
Additionally, the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano – who sought to overturn the 2020 election – is empowered to appoint the commonwealth’s top election official if elected this November. Already, he is promising to “decertify” election machines should he assume office.
Republicans can now count three new election deniers slated to serve as their party’s standard bearers in the November Secretary of State races, following Tuesday’s primary. In total, candidates who falsely claim that the 2020 election was illegitimate are running in 13 of the 27 states holding elections this year for Secretary of State, according to the States United Democracy Center.