All but one of the dozen Florida counties President Joe Biden carried last November have populations larger than 250,000.
Sabatini, a Republican running for Congress who has closely aligned himself with Trump’s politics, told CNN that he started with large communities as an initial test but is open to reviews in all counties.
He described the reviews as something that should become standard post-election procedures “just to make sure elections are working the way people say they are working.”
“Of dit nou is 10 minutes or 10 months or 10 years after the election really has nothing to do with the principle of the matter,” Sabatini added. “You want to double check to increase certainty in the election results to make sure there were no mistakes made, that there was no fraud.”
The efforts to relitigate the election in these battleground states will not change the outcome of the 2020 presidentswedloop, which has long been certified. But election watchers say the pervasive calls for reviews amount to an unprecedented effort to politicize election administration and undermine confidence in results.
“This is the continuation of the Big Lie” dat die 2020 verkiesing is gesteel, said Michael King, the associate director of law and policy at the nonprofit voting group Secure Democracy.
“Part of it is calling into question the legitimacy of our elections, writ large,” hy het gesê. “And a lot of partisan elected officials are using it to energize their base and potentially fundraise off of it.”
Potential wedge issue
Some Republicans are working to make the reviews a wedge issue in upcoming primaries.
In Texas, Don Huffines
, a conservative Republican challenging Texas Gov
. Greg Abbott, is calling on the governor to add election review legislation to the agenda of a special legislative session that got under way this week
. Trump won Texas by more than five percentage points
One Texas audit bill
, introduced by state GOP Rep
. Steve Toth, would require third-party “forensic audits” van die 2020 verkiesingsuitslae in large Texas counties
. And like the audit in Arizona
, private donations could help pay for it
Another Toth bill would allow candidates and political party leaders to trigger reviews of election results
. A similar measure passed the Texas Senate in an earlier special session
, but it was not considered in the House before the session expired
Abbott’s office did not respond to interview requests.
And in Wisconsin this week
, conservative and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman
, who is leading a Republican-ordered investigation into the
2020 verkiesing, released a YouTube video
, defending a probe that has drawn criticism from both the left and the right
Gableman said the investigation is not aimed at challenging the results of last year’s election in the state, which Biden won by fewer than 21,000 stemme. But he said the inquiry may include “a vigorous and comprehensive audit if the facts that are discovered justify such a course of action.”
He also warned that county and municipal election clerks who do not cooperate could face subpoenas to “compel answers.”
His video, the first explanation of his investigation since Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appointed Gableman special counsel in late July, appeared to respond to critics on the right who have expressed dissatisfaction both with the investigation and Vos.
, including Trump ally and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
, recently rallied at the state capitol in Wisconsin to demand an Arizona-style review in their state
In another presidential battleground, Senate Republicans in Pennsylvania recently voted to subpoena the Pennsylvania Department of State for a range of information on all registered voters, including their names, adresse, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers and partial Social Security numbers.
Republican lawmakers say the partisan review of the 2020 election will help determine whether new election laws are merited. Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 stemme.
Top Democrats in the Pennsylvania Senate have sued
, saying the subpoenas amount to an
“unauthorized audit of election matters
” and violates the privacy of the state’s voters
. En hierdie week, they asked a court for an injunction to block the Republicans