GOP Secretary of State Torches Republicans Over Election Audits
Washington’s Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Wednesday tore into the GOP over its efforts to thwart the wills of voters in states like Arizona. Wylan explained in an interview with CNN’s John Berman that so-called “audits” of election results set a dangerous precedent and threaten the integrity of American democracy.
Arizona was one of the traditionally red states that President Joe Biden flipped blue in 2020, helping secure his Electoral College victory over Donald Trump.
“Madam Secretary, you see like flashing, you know, red warning signs and sirens here based on what’s happening in Arizona. Why?” Berman asked Wylan.
“Well, because we’re witnessing an event that has absolutely unprecedented movement in elections. We’ve never seen a private company be able to come in and take command and control of live ballots that were used in an election, and the precedence of this is just unnerving for election officials across the country. And it should alarm every American in the country because we don’t want people to be able to just walk into a crime scene and contaminate evidence for a future trial. That’s what this is,” said Wylan
“You’re particularly concerned also about partisan recounts in elections. What do you mean and why?” asked Berman.
“Well, a recount to be credible needs to be transparent. The public needs to be able to see every facet of it. They need to be assured that there are Democrats and Republicans and Independents in the room actually conducting the recount with policies and procedures in place, so that everyone knows what’s happening, and if they find a discrepancy, they can all agree that there’s a problem. But what’s happening in Arizona no one knows because no one can actually watch it,” Wylan explained.
“How worried are you? You say this is unprecedented but I have a feeling the way things are going this may not be the last time,” Berman said, referring to the situation in Arizona.
“Well, I’m worried, because now they’ve given a new playbook to campaigns and political parties. And make no mistake, this won’t stop with the Republican Party,” Wyman said. “What we could see, you know, down the road is whatever political party is in charge of a state legislature, if they don’t like the outcome of an election, let’s just go ahead and make up an audit, make up a process, some sort of review, and the public will not be well served. And the public will have trouble being — having any confidence in those results.”
Wylan also confirmed that she believes that Trump “suppressed” Republican votes through his attacks on mail-in voting, ballot drop boxes, and claims that the election was rigged.