2020 Election Conspiracists Could Soon Oversee Voting in U.S. Battleground States

Two far-right U.S. politicians, Republicans Jim Marchant of Nevada and Mark Finchem of Arizona, are tied or leading in races to become the top election administrators in their states. A victory in November could allow them, as secretaries of state, to restrict voting access or seek to block certification of results in two key battleground states for presidential elections. Both candidates want to shorten or abolish early voting, mail in voting, and ballot drop boxes claiming without evidence that they breed fraud. Finchem and Marchant are among the strongest of 13 secretary-of-state candidates who falsely claim the 2020 election was rigged. When asked about the candidates potential victory, Semedrian Smith of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State said that, “if one election denier wins in November, that could easily put us into a constitutional crisis.” 

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