A gaggle of election officers from Florida led by a Republican pleaded with GOP candidates and lawmakers to “tone down” their rhetoric surrounding unproven claims of voter fraud after threats had been made towards its members.
Former President Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen, regardless of a scarcity of proof to again up allegations of fraud.
In a press release from Wednesday, the Florida Supervisors of Elections, headed by Republican Wesley Wilcox, warned that unproven claims of election fraud have “systemically undermined” belief in elections.
“Throughout and after the 2020 Presidential Election, the integrity of our democracy has been challenged by misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation that sows discord and undermines belief in America’s electoral course of,” in keeping with the assertion. “Many people have been threatened by our fellow residents who’ve been led astray by these deceptions.”
The election officers requested lawmakers and political candidates to “tone down the rhetoric and arise for our democracy.” They stated they’re dedicated to making sure no voter fraud takes place throughout elections and that “each eligible voter’s poll is counted precisely.”
“However false claims of fraud don’t strengthen our elections. As an alternative, they degrade confidence within the establishments, and discourage citizen participation in our democracy,” the assertion learn.
Audits have upheld the outcomes of the election. In Michigan, 250 random audits throughout the state confirmed the accuracy and integrity of the election, in keeping with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Nonetheless, Trump wrote earlier in October that there was fraud “past what anybody can consider” within the state he narrowly misplaced.
A GOP-backed election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, a historically conservative state received by President Joe Biden, additionally upheld his victory within the state. The audit discovered that Biden received by a barely bigger margin. Trump went on to falsely declare the audit discovered he received the county.
Some Republicans have even pushed for an audit in Florida, a swing state Trump received. Trump received 51.2 p.c of the vote, in comparison with Biden’s 47.9 p.c. GOP state Consultant Anthony Sabatini, a Trump ally, filed a invoice in search of to have the state legislature assessment the election.
The Supervisors of Elections wrote in an August assertion that Florida has carried out the audits they sometimes would and that they’re “assured within the safety and integrity” of the outcomes.
“Florida’s election in 2020 was correct, clear, and carried out in compliance with Florida regulation,” the assertion stated.
Greater than 100 folks have threatened election employees and officers over the allegations of election fraud. A September Reuters report described the threats as a part of “an unprecedented marketing campaign of intimidation.”
Newsweek reached out to the Florida Supervisors of Elections and the state’s Republican Get together for remark Saturday however had not heard again by publication. This story might be up to date with any response.