Georgia: Trump Allies Discourage Residents From Voting In January Runoff : Biden Transition Updates | Alana Wise/NPR

Georgia allies of President Trump continue to push baseless accusations of voter fraud in an attempt to have the election results overturned, following weeks of news networks, legal bodies and state certification boards affirming the election win for President-elect Joe Biden. At a rally Wednesday, they went even further, discouraging Georgia residents from voting in the Jan. 5 Senate runoff election. Lin Wood, an attorney and prominent Trump supporter in the state, falsely alleged that the election had been “rigged.” In a free-wheeling, conspiracy-laden “Stop the Steal” rally speech, Wood also spoke against Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, and urged rally attendees not to vote for the two in the runoff election. “Do not be fooled twice. This is Georgia, we ain’t dumb. We’re not going to go vote on January 5th on another machine made by China. You’re not going to fool Georgians again,” Wood said, pushing the unfounded conspiracy theory that voting machines had been compromised in the Nov. 3 election. “Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election? For God’s sake, fix it. You got to fix it before we’ll do it again,” he continued to resounding cheers from the audience.

Full Article: Trump Allies Discourage Georgia Residents From Voting In January Runoff : Biden Transition Updates : NPR

Iowa Democrat to challenge 6-vote loss in appeal to US House | Ryan J. Foley/Associated Press

A Democratic congressional candidate who trailed by six votes after a recount said Wednesday she will forgo further legal challenges in Iowa and instead appeal directly to the U.S. House for additional recount proceedings. Rita Hart’s campaign had until Wednesday afternoon to contest the election under Iowa law following Monday’s certification of results in which Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner of the closest House race in decades. An election contest in Iowa would have set in motion the formation of a five-judge panel that would have been required to rule on who won the race by Tuesday, Dec. 8. Hart’s campaign said that quick timeline would not allow enough time to review all the ballots, including thousands of unexamined undervotes and overvotes and a small number of others that were not counted for a variety of reasons. Instead, the campaign said that Hart would file an election contest with the U.S. House under the Federal Contested Elections Act in the coming weeks. Such a filing, due within 30 days after Monday’s certification, will trigger a proceeding in front of the House Committee on Administration that would allow Hart to gather testimony and evidence.

Full Article: Iowa Democrat to challenge 6-vote loss in appeal to US House

Michigan: Trump, Giuliani continue to peddle baseless election conspiracies | Clara Hendrickson/Detroit Free Press

In a longshot bid to overturn the results of the November election won by President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani continued to peddle baseless conspiracy theories of election fraud Wednesday. In a speech Trump gave at the White House and remarks Giuliani made before the House Oversight Committee in Michigan, the two leveled a number of false allegations about absentee ballots counted in Detroit. The allegations have already been discredited by election officials and in court. But that didn’t stop Trump from falsely claiming that he won the election in Michigan when in fact he lost the state by more than 154,000 votes. Appearing before the oversight committee Wednesday evening, Giuliani, who is in charge of the Trump campaign’s election-related litigation, repeated wild claims that election software changed votes and that votes were counted overseas. He spent most of his time questioning people who said they witnessed election fraud at the TCF Center in Detroit, where Detroit election workers processed and counted absentee ballots cast by the city’s voters. Their allegations were already brought forward in a lawsuit whose account of the events that took place at the TCF Center was rejected as inaccurate and lacking credibility in court. The House committee launched a joint investigation with the Senate Oversight Committee into the November election the same day major television networks declared that Biden won the presidency.

Full Article: Trump, Giuliani continue to peddle baseless election conspiracies

New Hampshire: Gardner Holds Onto Role As Nation’s Longest Serving Secretary of State | Casey McDermott/New Hampshire Public Radio

Wednesday marked another career milestone for New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who sailed without opposition into a 23rd term, upholding his position as the longest-serving Secretary of State in the nation. The moment stood in sharp contrast to the start of Gardner’s most recent term, when he just barely fended off a challenge from former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern. Joining the Legislature for an unprecedented outdoor Organization Day, held on an athletic field at the University of New Hampshire to accommodate concerns about COVID-19, Gardner started off his latest term by asked the newly seated lawmakers to appreciate the historical significance of the task ahead. “You’ll have something for your children, your grandchildren, that you’re going to remember and pass onto them,” Gardner said. “At a time when there were a lot of struggles, a lot of anxiety, a lot of disagreement, but we’re getting through it. And it’s going to be up to all of you to do your share as part of that and honor the great state that all our voters have honored, and have chosen you to represent them in this biennium.”

Full Article: Gardner Holds Onto Role As Nation’s Longest Serving Secretary of State | New Hampshire Public Radio

New York: 12 Votes Separated These House Candidates. Then 55 Ballots Were Found. | Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley/The New York Times

After all the votes had been counted in a heated House rematch in Central New York, only 12 votes separated Claudia Tenney, a former Republican congresswoman, from Representative Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat. But the razor-thin margin is far from the only reason the race is engulfed in chaos. There was the case of the missing Post-it notes, which had mysteriously fallen off a stack of disputed ballots, making it unclear whether they had been counted and why they had been challenged. The scandal has been christened “StickyGate” by local media. Now comes the disclosure that 55 in-person ballots, apparently “mislaid and never counted,” according to a lawyer for the Chenango County Board of Elections, were found by elections workers in that county. Eleven of the ballots are invalid, officials said, because the voters weren’t registered. Of the remaining 44 ballots, more were cast by Republicans, which should favor Ms. Tenney, who holds the 12-vote lead. The bombshell revelation was but the latest twist in a race — the second closest House contest in the nation — that will ultimately be decided by the courts and could take weeks to resolve if it leads to a recount. The fate of the race is of utmost importance for House Democrats, who are holding on to a slim majority after a disconcerting election cycle in which 12 Democratic incumbents have suffered defeat.

Full Article: 12 Votes Separated These House Candidates. Then 55 Ballots Were Found. – The New York Times

North Carolina: Federal appeals court backs voter ID law | Travis Fain/WRAL

A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel unanimously reversed a lower court’s ruling on voter ID on Wednesday, paving the way to require photo identification in the state’s next elections. The panel of three judges said the lower court made numerous errors and “abused its discretion” in blocking the state from requiring photo ID during the November elections, a requirement voters wrote into the North Carolina constitution in 2018. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs blocked implementation a year ago, pointing in part to past evidence of racial discrimination in North Carolina and a previous federal court decision to block a 2013 voter ID law as discriminatory. The 4th Circuit judges acknowledged in their opinion Wednesday that there is “a long and shameful history of race-based voter suppression in North Carolina,” but they said courts must presume legislatures act in good faith when laws are passed. “The outcome hinges on the answer to a simple question: How much does the past matter?” the judges said in their opinion. “A legislature’s past acts do not condemn the acts of a later legislature, which we must presume acts in good faith.” The judges also said Biggs’ decision to block voter ID during the past elections was riddled with “fundamental legal errors.”

Full Article: Federal appeals court backs NC voter ID law :: WRAL.com

Ohio tea party leader urges Trump to suspend the Constitution, declare martial law to hold new vote | Jeremy Pelzer/Cleveland Plain Dealer

A prominent Ohio tea party leader has taken out a full-page ad in the Washington Times calling on President Donald Trump to temporarily suspend the Constitution and declare martial law to stage a “re-vote” of the 2020 presidential election. The ad, placed by Tom Zawistowski of the We the People Convention, drew swift criticism from at least one top Ohio Republican. In the ad, Zawistowski states that when Democrat Joe Biden is formally elected the next president, as is expected, Trump should order the U.S. military to oversee a new election for federal candidates using only paper ballots. Zawistowski cited unfounded claims of voter fraud, many of which have been vocally pushed by Trump himself. Trump’s campaign has filed dozens of lawsuits in battleground states narrowly won by Biden, though those suits have mostly been thrown out or withdrawn. “Without a fair vote, we fear, with good reason, the threat of a shooting civil war is imminent,” the ad states, adding a vague warning that if Trump doesn’t declare martial law, “We will also have no other choice but to take matters into our own hands, and defend our rights on our own.” Zawistowski, also the executive director of the Portage County Tea Party, has been one of Ohio’s most visible tea party leaders. Known in Ohio political circles as “Tom Z.,” he ran unsuccessfully for Ohio Republican Party chair in 2013.

Full Article: Ohio tea party leader urges Trump to suspend the Constitution, declare martial law to hold new vote – cleveland.com

Pennsylvania Republicans Say Supreme Court Could Yet Upend Vote | Bob Van Voris/Bloomberg

Pennsylvania Republicans who sued to block additional steps to certify the state’s election results claim there’s a “reasonable possibility” the U.S. Supreme Court will take up their long-shot appeal and a “fair prospect” the justices will rule in their favor. Republican plaintiffs led by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly on Wednesday asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to grant an emergency delay of its ruling allowing state officials to complete their certification of results in favor of President-elect Joe Biden and other candidates. They said the status quo needed to be preserved while they try to appeal their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Though President Donald Trump has often mused that the Supreme Court and its 6-3 conservative majority could deliver the election to him, legal experts doubt the court will get involved in any election disputes, especially since Biden’s electoral vote lead is large enough that no one case would change the results. Pennsylvania has argued that certification of Biden’s victory over Trump is complete, but the plaintiffs claim there are several steps that remain. The Electoral College vote to certify the presidential election results doesn’t take place until Dec. 14. The lawsuit claimed that a 2019 expansion of mail-in voting in the state was illegal under the state constitution. A Pittsburgh judge initially granted them an injunction, but the state supreme court overturned that decision and threw the case out on Saturday.

Full Article: Pennsylvania Republicans Say Supreme Court Could Yet Upend Vote – Bloomberg

Vermont elections team receives threats as Trump continues to claim fraud | Kit Norton/VTDigger

The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office has received threats against its elections team, with messages from an unnamed individual saying workers who oversaw the 2020 election process should be executed by firing squad. Election officials across the country, including in key battleground states like Georgia, have also received death threats as President Donald Trump continues to allege widespread voter fraud and a rigged process that resulted in his overwhelming defeat by President-elect Joe Biden. State and national election officials have found no fraud, and courts have rejected virtually all of Trump’s challenges. The threat against the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office occurred Tuesday, the same day that a top election official in Georgia chastised Trump for questioning the integrity of that state’s election results and creating an environment in which people feel emboldened to harass and threaten the officials who oversee the vote totals.

Full Article: State elections team receives threats as Trump continues to claim fraud – VTDigger

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers attorneys claim Donald Trump engaging in ‘a shocking and outrageous assault on our democracy’ | Bill Glaubner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Attorneys for Gov. Tony Evers blasted President Donald Trump’s push to toss out ballots in Milwaukee and Dane counties as “a shocking and outrageous assault on our democracy.” “The relief he seeks is wrong as a matter of law, incorrect as a matter of fact, and mistaken as a matter of procedure,” Evers’ attorneys wrote Tuesday night in response to the Trump lawsuit to overturn election results in Wisconsin and claim the state’s 10 electoral votes. President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump by about 20,700 votes in the Nov. 3 election and after a partial recount paid for by the Trump campaign. The victory was certified Monday by Evers and the head of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Trump sued Wisconsin election officials Tuesday, asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to revoke Evers’ certification of the election and review a partial recount of votes in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Trump’s lawsuit challenged more than 220,000 ballots cast in Dane and Milwaukee counties, alleged election officials broke the law by continuing the long-standing practice of early voting, allowed voters to avoid the voter ID law by labeling themselves indefinitely confined, allowed clerks to fill in missing information on absentee ballot envelopes and collected absentee ballots in Madison parks.

Full Article: Gov. Tony Evers attorneys claim Donald Trump engaging in ‘a shocking and outrageous assault on our democracy’

Wisconsin: Timing Key In Arguments Against Trump’s State Election Lawsuit | Shawn Johnson/Wisconsin Public Radio

Democrats fighting the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn Wisconsin’s election results called the lawsuit “an affront to the voters of Dane and Milwaukee Counties” and a “shocking and outrageous assault on democracy” in briefs filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court. But the heart of their case could rest on a much simpler argument: The president’s lawsuit was filed in the wrong place, and at the wrong time. The Trump campaign seeks to throw out more than 220,000 absentee ballots cast in Dane and Milwaukee counties, including more than 170,000 ballots that were cast in person before Election Day. Clerks who accepted those ballots relied on guidance handed down by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, some of which had been in place since 2011. In a brief filed on behalf of Gov. Tony Evers, attorney Jeff Mandell argued that the time to challenge those guidelines was before the election, not after. “President Trump chose to lie in the weeds for months nursing unasserted grievances with WEC, county, and municipal policies, and even a decision of this Court, only to spring out after the election and invoke those grievances in an effort to nullify the exercise of the right to vote by more than 200,000 Wisconsinite(s) who cast their ballots in good faith,” Mandell wrote. ” Nothing could be more damaging to the exercise of a critical constitutional right than retroactively nullifying that right entirely.”

Full Article: Timing Key In Arguments Against Trump’s State Election Lawsuit | Wisconsin Public Radio

‘Someone’s going to get killed’: GOP election official in Georgia blames President Trump for fostering violent threats | Amy Gardner and Keith Newell/The Washington Post

A top Republican election official in Georgia lashed out at President Trump during a news conference Tuesday in Atlanta, blaming him for a flood of threats that have besieged his office and calling on the president and other Republicans to condemn the behavior. Gabriel Sterling, a voting systems manager for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, was visibly angry and shaken as he approached a lectern in the Georgia Capitol. “Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language,” he said. “Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. . . . Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.” He added: “That shouldn’t be too much to ask for people who ask us to give them responsibility.” Sterling’s public chastisement represents one of the strongest rebukes yet of Trump’s baseless attacks on the election’s integrity by a member of his own party. The episode revealed a fissure that has been widening within the Republican Party for weeks as Trump has claimed falsely, again and again, that President-elect Joe Biden won through election fraud. Although more and more local and state Republicans have acknowledged Biden’s victory — and said they have seen no evidence of widespread fraud — most national GOP officials, including Georgia’s two U.S. senators seeking reelection in twin runoffs on Jan. 5, have refused to do so.

Full Article: ‘Someone’s going to get killed’: GOP election official in Georgia blames President Trump for fostering violent threats – The Washington Post

Trump’s Pennsylvania allies appeal legal bid to overturn the election to Supreme Court, even as Barr says there’s no evidence of widespread fraud | Jeremy Roebuck/Philadelphia Inquirer

Even as the nation’s top prosecutor said Tuesday that the U.S. Justice Department had not uncovered evidence of widespread voting fraud that would have changed the outcome of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump and his allies in Pennsylvania persisted with their unsupported claims of a stolen election and sought to revive rejected legal bids to overturn the results. Rep. Mike Kelly (R., Butler), one of Trump’s top boosters in Congress, turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to issue an emergency order decertifying the state’s returns, which declared President-elect Joe Biden the victor by some 81,000 votes. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, continued his barnstorming of battleground states that started with a raucous GOP rally in Gettysburg last week by announcing plans for a similar event on “election irregularities” in Michigan on Wednesday. But despite the continued refusal of the president and his allies to concede his loss, Attorney General William Barr broke significantly with them Tuesday during an interview with the Associated Press, saying there was little reason to doubt the results. He said: “We have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in this election.”

Full Article: Trump’s Pa. allies appeal legal bid to overturn the election to SCOTUS, even as Barr says there’s no evidence of widespread fraud

More and More Republican Officials Are Standing Up to Trump and His Effort to Overturn the Election | Richard L. Hasen/Slate

On Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey added his name to the list of Republican officials who have acted admirably to uphold the rule of law following President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the election, appearing to ignore a phone call from the White House while certifying his state’s critical 11 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden. Along with a number of Federalist Society-aligned judges, other GOP governors, and lower-ranking Republican election officials, Ducey and others have earned this praise in the wake of Trump’s ongoing—and ultimately futile—effort to overturn the 2020 election. We can thank principled people on the right for helping to assure that we will have a peaceful transition of power between Trump and Biden. And given the extremely dangerous rhetoric still coming from some high-profile Trump supporters—including suggestions that the president declare martial law, call off elections, or have former government officials who have vouched for the election’s integrity shot—those with progressive politics and democratic ideals need the continued support of ideological adversaries who are similarly committed to the rule of law. The last few months have been surreal for those of us in the business of analyzing American election law and explaining it to the public. Never before have we had a president or presidential candidate who has consistently made false and outrageous claims of vote rigging and election fraud. Trump’s false claims did not stop after it became apparent that Joe Biden had rather comfortably won election in the Electoral College by a 306–232 margin (and with at least a 6 million popular vote margin). They did not stop when Trump lost almost every single one of his election-related lawsuits around the country. And they likely won’t stop when Trump leaves office in January. Trump has convinced millions of his most ardent supporters that the election was stolen, and this will help to delegitimize the Biden presidency in their eyes. Although Trump’s attempts to overturn the election have been sometimes comically bad and based upon either unproven claims of fraud and irregularities or outlandish legal theories, the reason that these outrageous claims did not work is that most people across the political spectrum who play a role in the counting of ballots and in certifying the results have complied with the rule of law.

Full Article: The Republican officials who have gone against Trump.

National: Trump voter fraud claims target counties with more Black, Latino votes | Kristine Phillips/USA Today

In courtrooms across the country, judges have issued one withering rebuke after another, rejecting President Donald Trump’s campaign’s efforts to invalidate millions of votes and cast doubt on the election he lost. By Monday, all swing states had certified Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, even as the president and his allies continued to challenge the results. To many, the series of events proved that the election system survived an unprecedented challenge. Yet some fear the damage to democracy has been done, particularly to communities of color. Trump and his allies have spent weeks telling the public that massive voter fraud and irregularities occurred in big cities and counties with large populations of Black and Latino voters. These sweeping allegations raised concerns among voting rights experts that the president is perpetuating a harmful perception: that voters of color are the culprit in an unfounded – but widely believed – conspiracy to rig the election, and their votes should be invalidated. Trump’s effort to blame cities, such as Detroit and Philadelphia, ignores a critical point: Suburbs and exurbs in swing states propelled Biden to victory – not urban centers, where Trump won more votes than he did four years ago.

Full Article: Trump voter fraud claims target counties with more Black, Latino votes

National: Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense | Brian Barrett/WIRED

President Donald Trump is running out of wrenches to throw at the gears of democracy. Since prematurely and incorrectly declaring victory on the night of the election, Trump and his legal team have launched dozens of lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the presidential race in pivotal states like Nevada, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. They have lost nearly all of them. The few court victories they have notched, meanwhile, have been immaterial to the outcome of the race. Now, US attorney general William Barr has foreclosed another potential avenue of attack, shutting down Trump’s election conspiracy theories in an interview with the Associated Press. “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Barr said. That conclusion has long been apparent to anyone outside of the Trump campaign’s misinformation vortex. But it’s still significant coming from Barr, who has to this point proven all too willing to protect Trump’s interests. Not only did Barr baldly misrepresent special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference and Trump’s obstruction of justice, he spent the months before the election overhyping the threat of vote-by-mail fraud. Even after the election, Barr had intimated that the Justice Department could act on Trump’s behalf. On November 9, he wrote a memo that authorized federal prosecutors to investigate “substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities,” overturning a years-long DOJ precedent not to step in until after elections have been certified. The departure was so extreme that it prompted the resignation of the director of the department’s election crimes branch, Richard Pilger. Four days later, The Washington Post reported that a group of 16 current assistant US attorneys had asked Barr to withdraw the memo, arguing that it had thrust “career prosecutors into partisan politics,” and that “the policy change was not based in fact.”

Full Article: Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense | WIRED

Barr: No evidence of fraud that’d change election outcome | Michael Balsamo/Associated Press

Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. His comments come despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election. “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP. The comments are especially direct coming from Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies. Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voter fraud could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.

Full Article: Barr: No evidence of fraud that’d change election outcome

 

National: Fired cybersecurity chief hints at legal action after Trump campaign lawyer said he should be shot | Rebecca Shabad/NBC

Christopher Krebs, who was recently fired by President Donald Trump as the head of the federal government’s election cybersecurity efforts, suggested Tuesday that he might take legal action against one of Trump’s lawyers who said that Krebs should be shot. In an interview on NBC’s “TODAY” show, host Savannah Guthrie asked Krebs how concerned he is about the comments made by Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova on Monday in which he said Krebs “is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.” “It’s certainly more dangerous language, more dangerous behavior,” Krebs responded. “And the way I look at it is that we are a nation of laws, and I plan to take advantage of those laws. I’ve got an exceptional team of lawyers that win in court, and I think they’re probably going to be busy.” Asked if there may be legal action taken as a result of those comments, Krebs said his team is looking at their “available opportunities.” DiGenova made the comment during an interview with conservative radio talk show host Howie Carr, whose show is also aired on Newsmax, one of the president’s preferred media outlets. Krebs suggested that his critics have not been successful in scaring him. When asked if he is worried about his safety, Krebs said he is “not going to give them the benefit of knowing how I’m reacting to this. They can know that there are things coming up.”

Full Article: Fired cybersecurity chief hints at legal action after Trump campaign lawyer said he should be shot

Editorial: Trump fired me for saying the election wasn’t hacked. I’ll say it again. | The Washington Post

On Nov. 17, I was dismissed as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a Senate-confirmed post, in a tweet from President Trump after my team and other election security experts rebutted claims of hacking in the 2020 election. On Monday, a lawyer for the president’s campaign plainly stated that I should be executed. I am not going to be intimidated by these threats from telling the truth to the American people. Three years ago, I left a comfortable private-sector job to join, in the spirit of public service, the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, the national security community was reeling from the fallout of the brazen Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. I wanted to help. Across the nation’s security agencies, there was universal acknowledgment that such foreign election interference could not be allowed to happen again. The mission was clear: Defend democracy and protect U.S. elections from threats foreign and domestic. With the advantage of time to prepare for the 2020 election, we got to work. My team at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, had primary responsibility for working with state and local election officials and the private sector to secure their election infrastructure — including the machines, equipment and systems supporting elections — from hacking. (Other agencies handle fraud or other criminal election-related activity.) The Russian assault in 2016 had not included hacking voting machines, but we couldn’t be sure that Moscow or some other bad actor wouldn’t try it in 2020.

Full Article: Opinion | Christopher Krebs: Trump fired me for saying the election wasn’t hacked. I’ll say it again. – The Washington Post

Arizona: Trump blasts Ducey over election certification, says he betrayed Arizonans | Jeremy Duda/Arizona Mirror

After years of loyal support for President Donald Trump, Gov. Doug Ducey became the latest target of the president’s ire after certifying Arizona’s 2020 general election results, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s historic win in the traditional conservative stronghold of Arizona. Trump on Monday afternoon retweeted a comment declaring that Ducey “has betrayed the people of Arizona,” adding his own commentary, “TRUE!” That comment came just after another tweet in which Trump chastised Ducey for “rushing” to sign the statewide election canvass. He retweeted a comment noting that the certification of Arizona’s election results allow Democratic Senator-elect Mark Kelly, who defeated Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, to be sworn in immediately. Kelly will be sworn in on Wednesday, narrowing the GOP’s advantage in the Senate to 52-48. His swearing-in comes earlier than other Senate contest winners from the general election because his race was a special election to fill the final two years of the term John McCain was elected to in 2016. “Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in office, especially when so many horrible things concerning voter fraud are being revealed at the hearing going on right now. @OANN What is going on with @dougducey? Republicans will long remember!” the president tweeted, referring to One America News Network, an avowedly pro-Trump cable network that he often praises. State law mandates that the secretary of state, governor, attorney general and Arizona Supreme Court chief justice certify the canvass on the fourth Monday after the general election.

Full Article: Trump blasts Ducey over election certification, says he betrayed Arizonans

Arkansas Begins 2020 Election-Audit Pilot Program | Nadia Ramlagan/KUAF

As President Donald Trump continues to insist the presidential election was marred by what he has called “massive voter fraud” that resulted in a win for President-elect Joe Biden, more states and counties are implementing election auditing procedures. Experts say audits are a crucial element of election oversight, but the general public may not be familiar with the process. Tammy Patrick, senior advisor with the group Democracy Fund, said there are different kinds of audits for different purposes, but any of them can be helpful. “If you wanted to know if the poll workers made an error, what kind of audit would you think about doing? A reconciliation audit. If you wanted to know if the machine or machines counted or worked correctly, quite often it’s a hand-count audit,” Patrick said. “And if you want to know, like, was the correct winner called, that’s where the risk-limiting audit comes into play.” Under a law that went into effect in 2019, Arkansas state officials have 60 days to begin auditing general election results in at least four counties. To complete the audit, the State Board of Election Commissioners will select the polling sites, early voting locations and vote centers to be audited.

Full Article: Arkansas Begins 2020 Election-Audit Pilot Program | KUAF

Georgia official calls on Trump to stop attacks on election workers | Benjamin Freed/StateScoop

A Georgia election official said during an impassioned press conference Tuesday that President Donald Trump and the state’s two U.S. senators’ attacks on voting systems have made them “complicit” in a rising tide of harassment and death threats against election workers. In remarks that lasted about four minutes, Gabriel Sterling, the voting systems implementation manager in the office of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, said “the straw that broke the camel’s back” was a series of social-media threats since Monday against a “20-something” technician working for Dominion Voting Systems, which supplies Georgia’s voting equipment and has been the subject of baseless conspiracy theories promoted by Trump and his team of lawyers. The technician, who had been assisting local officials in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County, began receiving threats after footage of him circulated on far-right social media on Monday. Sterling, a former local elected official who describes himself as a conservative, and Raffensperger, a Republican elected in 2018, have also received days’ worth of harassment and threats from people urging them to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia in the Nov. 3 election, which has already undergone one automatic hand recount and is in the process of completing a machine recount as requested by the Trump campaign. Sterling also said that protesters have gathered outside Raffensperger’s house and also harassed the secretary’s wife.

Full Article: Georgia official calls on Trump to stop attacks on election workers

Georgia State Senate panels to review election integrity | David Wickert and James Salzer/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Senate Committee on Government Oversight will meet Thursday “to evaluate the election process to ensure the integrity of Georgia’s voting process,” several Senate leaders announced Tuesday. Senate Majority Whip Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, said Republican legislators want to begin looking at possible changes to state election laws that may be considered during the 2021 session, which begins in January. “We have to start today on election reform in Georgia,” Gooch said during a call into a North Georgia talk show, BKP Politics. Gooch said “reform” would likely mean making changes to absentee voting, which Democrats used extensively and President Donald Trump disparaged. The subcommittee on Thursday will also hear from Trump backers who have blamed fraud for his loss.

Full Article: Senate panels to review Georgia election integrity

Michigan hearing puts spotlight on unproven claims of election fraud | Craig Mauger/The Detroit News

Michigan lawmakers spent more than six hours Tuesday probing for evidence of wrongdoing in the presidential election as unproven claims of fraud flew from Republican poll challengers who monitored vote-counting in Democratic-heavy Detroit. With supporters of President Donald Trump chanting outside the meeting room’s windows, the Senate Oversight Committee provided the most visible platform yet in Michigan for Republicans who have raised concerns about the way the election was administered. The spotlight will continue Wednesday as the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, appears before the state House Oversight Committee. Trump tweeted several clips of Tuesday’s Michigan hearing as it continued. At one point, he posted, “Michigan voter fraud hearing going on now!” More than five hours into the meeting, Bill Schmidt of Livonia, who described himself as a lifelong Republican before this year’s election, said he served as a poll challenger at TCF Center, where Detroit’s absentee ballots were counted. Schmidt said he saw mistakes but not fraud. There was a lot of confusion at TCF Center, and people who were told there would be fraud occurring were predisposed to see it, he said. “Evil can be seen by evil people,” Schmidt said after he testified. “Good people see goodness. What I saw is, I saw hardworking people working hard,” he continued. “That’s what I saw. That’s America. That’s democracy.”

Full Article: Michigan hearing puts spotlight on unproven claims of election fraud

Nevada: Presidential campaigns to examine Clark County voting equipment | Rory Appleton/Las Vegas Review-Journal

A Carson City district court judge will allow attorneys for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and President-elect Joe Biden’s Nevada electors to inspect test results from Clark County voting equipment on Tuesday. Judge James T. Russell granted a motion from Trump’s campaign on Monday, following a Nevada state law that allows both parties to inspect a sealed container of test results and reports for the equipment used in the contested election, in this case the Nov. 3 general election. The defendants, a slate of electors set to formally cast Nevada’s six electoral college votes for Biden later this month, did not oppose the order. Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said the county also did not oppose the request, and election officials are accommodating the 1 p.m. Tuesday deadline set by the judge. Trump referenced the order in a tweet Monday night, saying the judge “has ordered Clark County officials to allow an inspection of the elections equipment and sealed containers used in the 2020 election by 1:00 P.M. tomorrow.”

Full Article: Presidential campaigns to examine Clark County voting equipment | Las Vegas Review-Journal

New Jersey: Routine vote audit becomes historic this year | Jeff Pillets/NJ Spotlight News

A team of 60 Bergen County election workers gathered in Paramus on Monday to make one more big lift in this year’s mostly mail-in election — an unprecedented exercise that tested the patience of New Jersey voters and vote canvassers alike. Seated at folding tables, the election workers spent most of the day in silent concentration, poring over 10,000 to 12,000 ballots, eyeballing every one in a hand count designed to be one last safety check on the election of 2020. Scenes like the one in Bergen County are playing out across New Jersey this week as county officials complete a state-mandated audit of the record 4.5 million votes cast in the general election. State law requires each county board of election to check a random sample of votes —roughly, about 2% of all ballots submitted. And although the process continues, officials in Bergen and elsewhere say it has thus far revealed no anomalies in the official counts of ballots cast by voters. On the surface, the vote audit is just another obscure administrative ritual that might pass without notice. But this year’s version is truly a bit of history: Experts say this is New Jersey’s first statewide voting audit of its kind in more than a century.

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North Carolina Republicans Calling For Change To State Board Of Elections | Coleen Harry/WFAE

The 2020 general election is notable in many ways. Turnout was a record 75% in North Carolina. A little more than 1 million people voted by mail-in ballots. But it could be the election that prompts state lawmakers to change who’s in charge of administering future elections. As co-chair of the N.C. Senate Elections Committee, Sen. Paul Newton, intends to propose an oversight board for the State Board of Elections. “I think we’re going to be looking at an oversight board that examines the Board of Elections to make sure they’re following the law,” said Newton, a Republican who represents parts of Cabarrus and Union counties. He said the State Board of Elections sidestepped the legislature in August when it signed off on a settlement that gave a six-day extension to how long mail-in ballots would be accepted. Instead of a Nov. 6 deadline, the board agreed ballots could be accepted until Nov. 12 as long as they were postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3. “An elections board does not have the power to change state law. It shouldn’t,” Newton said. “Do we pass a law that says you need to follow the law? Well, in a sense, that’s what we’re left with.” The General Assembly approved the Nov. 6 date in June as part of legislation that made several accommodations to deal with the pandemic, including making it easier to vote with mail-in ballots. The legislation was lauded as an example of compromise between Democrats and Republicans.

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Pennsylvania: Trump allies ask Supreme Court to reverse ruling on mail-in ballots | Robert Barnes and Elise Viebeck/The Washington Post

President Trump’s allies said Tuesday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a decision by Pennsylvania’s highest court dismissing a challenge of the state’s mail-in voting system. The lawsuit is one of many protesting the results in the swing state’s elections, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday said that the suit’s “extraordinary” request to throw out millions of ballots came too late. The Republican lawsuit challenged Act 77, the 2019 statute in Pennsylvania that allows voters to cast mail ballots for any reason. Their argument is that the law, passed by the Republican-led legislature and signed by the state’s Democratic governor, violated the state constitution’s requirements on who could receive a mail-in ballot. Trump’s allies asked the state court to invalidate all votes cast by mail in the general election — more than 2.5 million in total — or direct the state legislature to appoint its own slate of presidential electors. The state Supreme Court dismissed the case on Saturday, ruling that petitioners waited more than a year to sue, and only then after the results of the election were clear. “The want of due diligence demonstrated in this matter is unmistakable,” the justices wrote, noting that some of the petitioners included candidates for office who had urged supporters to cast their ballots by mail.

Full Article: Trump allies ask Supreme Court to reverse Pennsylvania ruling on mail-in ballots – The Washington Post

Texas GOP lawmakers target voter fraud, despite no proof of widespread problem | Karen Brooks Harper/The Texas Tribune

Fresh off a presidential election replete with accusations of election malfeasance but devoid of evidence of widespread fraud in Texas, local Republican leaders say the state needs more laws to protect the integrity of the state’s elections. To that end, GOP state lawmakers are heading into the next state legislative session with a fistful of anti-fraud bills aimed at an issue that experts — and even some conservatives — acknowledge isn’t much of a problem in the Lone Star State. Nearly a dozen pieces of legislation, all of them filed by Republicans, take aim at mail-in balloting, illegal voting and misbehaving elections officials — inspired by events and talking points from the previous election cycle. “Filing legislation that will prevent voter fraud ensures that we have fair elections,” said Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, a member of the House Elections Committee last session and author of several anti-fraud bills. “If people do not trust in the electoral process, they will not trust those who are elected.” Texas Democrats, who are focusing their efforts on legislation to expand voter access, counter that the bills are being filed as a way to sow mistrust in the process or make it harder to register and vote.

Full Article: Texas GOP lawmakers target voter fraud, despite no proof of widespread problem | The Texas Tribune

Wisconsin: GOP candidate says he was used without permission as a plaintiff in lawsuit to overturn election results | Molly Beck/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Republican candidate for Congress who lost his election on Nov. 3 says his name is being used without permission as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit to make President Donald Trump the winner of Wisconsin’s presidential election, despite receiving fewer votes than President-elect Joe Biden. Derrick Van Orden, who narrowly lost to U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, said Tuesday he learned through social media posts about the lawsuit that his name was being used. “I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement. “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.” Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday on behalf of Van Orden and La Crosse County Republican Party chairman Bill Feehan. The suit seeks, among other relief, a new election for Van Orden and wants Gov. Tony Evers to certify the election for Trump instead of Biden. Powell and Feehan did not return phone calls.

Full Article: GOP candidate says he was used without permission as a plaintiff in lawsuit to overturn Wisconsin election results