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Wilkinson on GOP Voter Fraud Claims

Francis Wilkinson in Bloomberg: “[A]rguably the most pervasive evidence of the GOP assault on democracy remains the party’s multi-front war on the franchise. The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that makes noncitizen voting illegal and requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. Since noncitizen voting is already illegal, and the Senate is well aware of that fact, the legislation will not go far. It’s what’s known as a messaging bill. The message: Do not trust democracy.

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“Idaho governor announces executive order to tighten up voter registration rules”

The Hill: “Under the new order, the Idaho secretary of state will review the state’s voter rolls with local police and the transportation department to identify anyone who is not a citizen. The secretary of state can also work with the Department of Homeland Security to verify citizenship status and then remove the individual from the registration.

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“GOP jump-starts 2024 election challenges with Trump-inspired lawsuits”

Washington Post:

The Republican National Committee has expanded legal challenges to voting and election procedures in key swing states since March, when presumptive nominee Donald Trump installed new party leaders with a mandate to pursue his unsubstantiated claims of widespread cheating.

In ArizonaMichigan and Nevada, Republicans are seeking to force election officials to remove voters from the rolls, despite federal law limiting such actions in the months preceding an election. In another Nevada lawsuit, the RNC is seeking to block mail ballots from being counted if received after Election Day, using a legal theory that has been repeatedly rejected in other courts and would upend existing practices in many states.

Critics say the challenges are legally frivolous. But the cases are dangerous nonetheless, they argue, because they are meant to further erode public confidence in elections and lay the groundwork to overturn the results if Trump loses.

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“Trump Threatens Mark Zuckerberg With Prison In Unhinged Truth Social Rant”

Gizmodo: “Donald Trump threatened to put ‘election fraudsters’ in prison, including Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a new rant on Truth Social Tuesday morning. . . . Trump made the threat against Zuckerberg during a post about the SAVE Act, a piece of legislation being pushed by Republicans that would make it illegal for undocumented immigrants to vote in federal elections. The problem, of course, is that it’s already illegal for non-citizens to vote in federal elections, and study after study shows that there’s no widespread fraud occurring in the U.S. electoral system.”

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Elon Musk Tweets that Those Who Oppose House Republican Bill That Would Require Documentary Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote are “TRAITORS” and Asks “What is the penalty for traitors again?”

Despicable tweet, via Fox News (which notes that Democrats are whipping against the bill).

This bill won’t go anywhere in the Senate, but this rhetoric is toxic, especially from the owner of a major social media platform. (Yes, he has every right to put this content out there, just like we all have every right to condemn it.)

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“GOP colleagues sneer at Rep. Good’s election complaints”


Rep. Bob Good‘s (R-Va.) efforts to sow doubts about the results of his too-close-to-call GOP primary are being met with eye rolls from many of his House Republican colleagues.

Why it matters: The House Freedom Caucus chair is tapping into a strain of election denialism common in Donald Trump’s Republican Party – but without the widespread GOP support Trump enjoyed.

  • “No one is buying it, but all understand this is one of the several stages of electoral grief,” said one House Republican, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
  • The GOP lawmaker added that Good’s assertion of election irregularities is “the reflexive thing people who can’t accept loss say these days.”…
  • Former Rep. Denver Riggleman, a Republican-turned-independent who lost to Good in 2020, noted that McGuire and Good have both echoed Trump’s claims about the 2020 election.
  • “I don’t find it surprising that an election between an election denier and an election denier would end with one of them denying the election was fair based on conspiracy theories,” he said.
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Calabresi “Misspeak[s]” on Whether the 2020 Election Was Stolen

Yesterday I linked to and questioned Steven Calabresi at Volokh, saying among other things: “As a result, many Republicans, myself included, thought that the 2020 presidential election was probably stolen, even though that fact could not be proved in a court of law.”

Today he says: “I do not think there was fraud in the counting of votes or vote machine error in the 2020 presidential election. I did therefore misspeak in writing that the results of mail in voting in 2020 were fraudulent.”

Misspeak? How does one “misspeak” that? Not a slip of the tongue.

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“Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul charges former Trump associates in fake elector scheme”

Molly Beck for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has filed felony forgery charges against an aide and two attorneys who worked for former President Donald Trump in 2020 for their part in designing and executing a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by submitting false slates of electors for Trump.

The charges are filed in Dane County Circuit Court against Kenneth Chesebro, a Wisconsin native and lead architect of the 2020 fake elector plan; former Dane County Judge Jim Troupis, who represented Trump in Wisconsin during the 2020 election; and Mike Roman, a former Trump aide who allegedly delivered Wisconsin’s slate of false elector paperwork to a Pennsylvania congressman’s staffer in order to get them to Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 6, 2021….

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“D.C. ethics board recommends Rudy Giuliani be disbarred”

NBC News:

The D.C. Bar’s Board on Professional Responsibility on Friday recommended that Rudy Giuliani be barred from practicing law in the nation’s capital.

In its report, the board cited Giuliani’s work in Pennsylvania following the 2020 presidential election in which he sought to have the state’s election results thrown out in favor of his former client Donald Trump.

“The Board agrees with the Hearing Committee that Disciplinary Counsel proved by clear and convincing evidence that Respondent violated Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct,” the report says. “With respect to sanction, we agree with the Hearing Committee that Respondent should be disbarred.”

This report follows one from last year in which a disciplinary board for the D.C. Bar also recommended disbarment for Giuliani. Now, the case heads to the D.C. Court of Appeals, which will decide whether Giuliani, who formerly served as the mayor of New York City, will be disbarred.

In a statement provided to NBC News, Ted Goodman, a spokesperson for Giuliani, blamed the findings in the report on “partisan Democrats” and said the decision would discourage attorneys from taking on Trump as a client.

“This recommendation comes as no surprise as partisan Democrats continue to destroy the credibility of the American justice system all in an effort to beat President Trump and to hold onto power,” Goodman said.

Here is the report, via Democracy Docket.

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