The electoral fraud movement asserts itself on the campaign trail of the political stage / Public Press Service

Examples of proposed policies and candidates linked to false allegations of voter fraud have spread in Minnesota, and a new national report found that the movement is not slowing down before the vote this fall.

A trio of voter rights groups have issued findings on how state legislatures are trying to overturn the election, including greater leeway to reject results, requiring partisan or external audits and shifting the power of electoral administrators. Some ideas have been floated by Republicans in Minnesota but aren’t likely to pass in the current balance of power.

Rachel Homer, a lawyer for the non-profit group Protect Democracy, said just offering them posed a threat.

“It’s about everybody pro-democracy,” Homer said. “Both political parties really need to oppose this move toward autocracy.”

Despite calls for unity, Republicans are seeing more and more candidates running for statewide office who either perpetuate the stolen election narrative or suggest that current laws require restrictions they say , would strengthen electoral security.

The Minnesota GOP recently endorsed such a nominee for secretary of state, the office overseeing the elections. The report says 175 such laws have been introduced in the United States this year.

Homer argued that the false allegations of voter fraud, taking shape after Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential vote, exploded into a five-alarm fire. She noted that even if most bills don’t pass, voters are still exposed to theories soundly rejected by the courts.

“These bills are being proposed by many legislators in many states,” Homer observed. “They clearly think there’s an audience for it.”

The groups behind the report stressed that it is important to remember that most administrators, staff and volunteers are committed to holding free and fair elections.

Sylvia Albert, national director of voting and elections for Common Cause, said that aside from the findings, the possibility of some candidates espousing such views taking office is concerning. If the election results were to be thrown out for no good reason, she said it might be more difficult to appeal.

“So there is definitely a possibility to challenge in court, [but] the courts are leaning more and more to walk away and let the political process take place on its own,” Albert pointed out. “What it does is not protect people who don’t have power, who are normal Americans.

Support for this report was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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