Governor of California Gavin Newsom may have defeated a recall attempt, but that didn 't stop a Republican challenger from trying to cast doubt on the result even before the polls closed.
Larry Elder, the right-wing radio host who led the pack in the effort to defeat Newsom, had been propagating conspiracy theories to falsely imply that the election was rigged against him.
Elder told reporters that 'there might be " shenanigans "in the election and has a link on its website to a website encouraging users to" fight electoral fraud in California "by submitting reports of "irregularities, interference or intimidation." There is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud.
On Tuesday night, Newsom appeared to have scored a comfortable victory, with the Associated Press calling within an hour of the polls closing.
Elder's plot echoes Donald Trump's efforts to falsely claim that the 2020 election was stolen and rigged against him. Language on the website the Elder site is linked to appears to be removed from a petition circulated to help the Elder. Trump's efforts to overturn last year's presidential election results.
On Monday, Trump added fuel to the fire with a statement that said: "Does anyone really believe California The recall election is not rigged? "
Republicans in the United States have turned to Trump big lie to propose legislation that makes it harder to vote and easier to annul future elections.
"It 's just an extension of the big lie and ' stop theft ', Newsom told reporters last week. “The election didn't even take place, and now they're all claiming voter fraud. I think it is important to stress this. "
But at Republicans in California, according to Elder are also raising new issues. The California Republican Party has just 24% of registered voters, compared to Democrats 46.5%, making every Republican vote crucial to any successful recall effort. Republican Party officials this week appeared to be trying to encourage everyone to vote, while also promoting the narrative that California's election security cannot be trusted.
Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer and National Committee member for the Republican National Committee for California, said she made a video with her husband showing how they vote by mail and urging everyone to do the same.
But Dhillon also claimed that she could not tell if theElection in California is said to be safe and secure, highlighting an incident in Los Angeles where some people who showed up to vote were told they had already voted.
The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office said the error was caused by certain settings on the computers used to verify voters before casting ballots. The office said those affected were allowed to vote provisionally, which act as placeholders until voter eligibility is determined, but Dhillon argued that this would increase voter mistrust.
"There will be a lot of questions and potentially litigation after this election over this shoddy treatment to the best of people's ballots and their right to vote," said declared Dhillon. “I think people need to come out and vote. We must documentthe issues, and we have to advocate those issues.
No problem of widespread voter fraud has surfaced. Much of the GOP's criticism of the California election has focused on the widespread use of mail-in ballots, which have been automatically mailed to all active registered voters for state elections since the start of the pandemic. of coronavirus. But an overwhelming majority of California voters voted by mail even before the pandemic.
As of Saturday, 7.8 million ballots were cast, or nearly 35 % of registered voters, according to Political Data Inc, a data company that works with Democrats . Mike Sanchez, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office, said the vote by correspondence was "trusted, secure and safe.
"There are many protocols in place which ensure the security and verification of all votes returned by the post, ”Sanchez said. “The allegations made ignore and distort these guarantees. As a result, their messages could be confusing to voters and discourage participation.
Shirley Weber, Secretary of State for California, said concerns about election security are "inaccurate ". The state election official said California has "the most stringent voting system tests, operating procedures, and security requirements in the country.
In the weeks leading up to the election, polls showed a close race between Newsom and Elder before finally tipping in favor of the governor. The governor of California has qualified the choice between him and Republican challengers such as Elder as "life or death choice.
Newsom received support from Joe Biden during the election campaign. , who queried damage caused by the wildfires with the governor on Monday as the state grapples with another devastating fire season.
The President, who warned that the election result could have far-reaching effects across the United States, called Elder "the Donald Trump clone".
"Can- can you imagine him as governor of this state? You cannot let this happen. There is too much at stake, "Biden said at a rally in Long Beach alongside Newsom.
Not all Republicans accept the eld affirmationser. John Cox, a businessman running to replace Newsom, said voter fraud issues are "another distraction ".
"Frankly, all this talk about invalid elections is deadlocked because some people will decide not to vote," Cox said as he campaigned outside the capital on Monday.