West Palm Beach, Fla. is located in the state of Florida Four Republicans who have promoted false claims about the 2020 presidential election and are running for top state election offices said Saturday they were fighting against a corrupt system.
Five candidates want to change the way elections are run in their states. They were at a conference in a South Florida hotel ballroom where many speakers claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.
Marchant, a businessman and former state lawmaker who was among Trump's most ardent supporters, said that their biggest enemy was their own party. We are outsiders even though we are Republicans. We have a fight but we are not giving up.
The America First Secretary of State Coalition calls for large scale changes to elections. It is part of a larger effort to promote conservative candidates who share the same views as the former president.
They want to eliminate voting machines, mail ballots and early voting. A single day of voting for all Americans is supported by the coalition. Election Day should not be a national holiday according to them.
Many of their ideas are based on false rumors. There has been no evidence of widespread fraud or manipulation after the 2020 election in which Biden won.
According to an Associated Press review, the four are among nearly 1 in 3 Republican candidates running for statewide offices that play a role in overseeing, certifying or defending elections who have supported changing the outcome of the 2020 presidential contest.
Candidates who dispute the results of a valid election in which there is no evidence of wrongdoing are at risk of interfering in future elections. If they refuse to accept or challenge results they don't like, it could cause chaos.
The candidates took a break from campaigning in their own states to appear at the event, organized by the secretary of state coalition and the Florida affiliate of The America Project. The America Project was started by Michael Flynn, the retired lieutenant general and Trump's former national security adviser.
It was the latest in a nationwide effort to question the results of the 2020 election and promote conspiracy theories. Over the course of a year, the forums have undermined confidence in the elections of many Republicans.
Several panels claimed that elections are being manipulated in a variety of ways at the conference. Democrats and Republicans from around the country banded together to cast doubt on their election losses in attempts to challenge elected officials.
After the 2020 election, Karamo, a community college professor, gained attention for her claims that she saw problems with the processing of mail-in ballots in Detroit. She said the election system was bad.
This isn't a political issue. Karamo said it's a liberty issue. People in our own party claim to be Republicans and are trying to stop us. We have people in our own party trying to make us lose, even though we are the Republicans. They're in on it.
There were no issues that would have changed the results of the 2020 election in Michigan, according to a review by Republicans who control the state Legislature. Reviews in other states have the same conclusion. The Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud in dozens of court cases brought by Trump and his allies.
The Republican secretary of state candidates speak of a system that is hopelessly corrupted.
He said he did his job as a state lawmaker when he called a public hearing to discuss election concerns. The man said, "Finchem said."
He said that they were in battle against a group of people.
The law provides no way to withdraw Biden's win in Arizona if Trump supporters attack Congress and push for it to be withdrawn.
Death threats against election officials and workers have been caused by false claims about the 2020 election, prompting some to leave the profession and raising concerns about a loss of experienced professionals overseeing elections in November.
Confidence in U.S. elections has been eroded by the repeated false claims of election fraud. According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about two-thirds of Republicans don't think Biden was elected.
The small business owner from central New Mexico wants the state's officials to follow the law when it comes to elections. Even though there is no evidence of widespread problems with drop boxes, she raised concerns about their safety.
She said that election officials were condescending to voters who had doubts.
After speaking on the panel, Trujillo said that voters should be given the chance to ask their questions. We shouldn't feel like we can't ask because it's taboo and we'll look like we're questioning the elections. Integrity needs to be present. It has to be very open.