Local GOP officials are reportedly investigating the 2020 election results in at least nine counties that former President Donald Trump won handily.
The efforts suggest Republican doubts about the election’s integrity are more than just the partisan sour grapes critics often portray them as.
Trump won each of the nine counties where the 2020 ballots are being reviewed by 24 points or more, according to an NBC News report published Monday.
The county reviews were modeled on an audit of the ballots authorized by Republican state lawmakers in Arizona, per NBC News.
- Three other states won by President Joe Biden have similar audits ongoing.
THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
NBC News — in keeping with the standard media narrative and the Democratic Party line — characterized the county reviews as acts of cultish service to Trump’s “Big Lie” that the election was “stolen” from him.
- Jena Griswold, the Democratic secretary of state of Colorado, home to one of the reviews, in Mesa County, told NBC News that the trend “demonstrates that the Big Lie is getting bigger.”
- The report also noted that “Trump’s lawyers were unable to produce evidence to prove their claims in court” — a reference to the more than 50 lawsuits challenging the election that were thrown out by judges.
Whatever the county reviews’ evidentiary weaknesses, the local GOP officials’ willingness to challenge Trump wins is one of many indications that widespread Republican concerns about voter fraud are sincere.
- In the wake of the 2020 election, a slew of red states introduced laws aimed at shoring up election integrity.
- Many of the reforms, like curbing the expansion of voting early and by mail, address genuine security weaknesses identified by experts.
The California GOP launched a campaign earlier this month to convince Republican voters to cast mail-in ballots in the ultimately unsuccessful effort to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.