The 2020 presidential election remains a hot issue in the United States. Tuesday’s primaries were split in five states between candidates who remain skeptical of the election results and those who accept them.
One of the winners is Republican Mark Fenchem, who secured his party’s nomination for Arizona’s Secretary of State. He is a far-right politician, a longtime member of the hardline Oath Watchers organization and was present at the congressional storming on January 6, 2021. In the Arizona House of Representatives, he introduced proposals intended to reconsider the election results in the state, where Donald Trump lost, and he has floated Countless conspiracy theories about election fraud.
The other winner of the far-right on Tuesday is Dan Gibbs, who in Michigan defeated Peter Major in the run for a seat in the House of Representatives. Major is one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. Dan Gibbs is the far-right, and he won — in part with the help of Democrats, who spent big on ad campaigns for him, because they saw Dan Gibbs as an easy opponent in the November midterm elections.
The primaries in Arizona, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Washington for several positions—states, secretary of state, senators, and House seats—have been generally seen as a measure of Donald Trump’s power over the Republican Party. The former president gave his clear support to several candidates.
The results are mixed, But while Trump’s iron fist may have eased, his impact is still significant. It could have a huge impact on the upcoming elections.
A central issue is the responsibility for election results, both at the state level and in national elections. Election results and votes (which represent state election results in presidential elections) are compiled according to each state’s rules, but usually by the governor and secretary of state, and sent to Washington.
Also in the primaries in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico, politicians who challenged the results of the 2020 presidential election have triumphed and are one step closer to controlling the electoral processes in their states.
With politicians claiming that election fraud was behind Biden’s victory in 2020 and extremists in these positions, the risk is considered to be upending the democratic process the way it could have happened in 2020, for example, in the state of Georgia in the rejection of the southeastern United States, if The secretary of state there, Republican Brad Ravensberger, was not responding to Trump’s pressure to change the election results.
If Mark Finchim becomes Arizona Secretary of State, he’ll have similar power, and he’s not alone — also in the primaries in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico, politicians who question the outcome of their 2020 presidential election have won and are a step closer to controlling electoral processes in their states.
There may be more: The primary season isn’t over yet.
Worrying about what might happen It led 16 senators to prepare a bill on how the electoral process would go, which is supposed to replace the current 135-year-old law. The working group includes, among others, Republican Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia. The goal is to make the system robust against tampering, clarify responsibility and prevent something like the storming of the Capitol from happening again.
The purpose of the senators’ bill is to make the system strong against tampering and to prevent something like the storming of the Capitol from happening again.
The vice president’s turn to approve the electors will now be purely ceremonial, according to a proposal that could be put to a vote this fall. It’s an obvious reaction to the course of events last time, when then-Vice President Mike Pence was pressured hard not to approve the 2020 voters, against the will of voters.
Critics say the proposal doesn’t go far enough to protect democracy, but others say the most radical writing never gets a chance to be voted on, and that little is better than none.
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