How Could U.S. Voting Be Affected If Election Deniers Win?

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Midterm ballots in nearly every state include candidates who believe the 2020 election was fraudulent or “stolen.”

That leaves American election systems at a pivotal moment: If people who deny Joe Biden won the presidency win their own elections on Nov. 8, could they really execute their plans and dismantle the machinery that keeps American democracy running?

Elections expert Sylvia Albert of Common Cause predicted the scenario is inevitable: “We will see somebody who denies the 2020 election win office. We will.”

(1) Election deniers are running for statewide offices across the nation, including for secretary of state and governor seats. If they win in November, they will have some powers of oversight for future elections.

(2) Their platforms include ending and restricting voting by mail, even in places such as Arizona where most voters cast their ballots that way. But voting rights are set in state laws which means that officials would need buy-in from state lawmakers to make several sweeping changes to longstanding voting practices.

(3) Deniers are running under platforms rooted in the falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
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