Why these down balance offices?
They typically are in charge of overseeing their state’s vote counting results….
With the Trump ‘election problems’ bull shit floating around and some Republicans looking to help their party people co-opt the actual voting numbers?
The Sec of State office elections have suddenly become pivotal …..
Democrats and Republicans are preparing to pour millions of dollars into races for secretary of state in half the states next year amid a new recognition that those who oversee the electoral process can play pivotal roles in deciding an election’s outcome.
The focus follows former President Trump’s pressure campaign on state leaders to overturn the results of last year’s election, and as Republican-controlled state legislatures advance and pass electoral reform bills that would limit access to absentee ballots, drop boxes and other avenues to voting.
“These offices used to be kind of sleepy offices, they were personality contests and the people who ran for them were paper-pushers,” said Michael Adams (R), Kentucky’s secretary of state and the vice chair of the Republican Secretaries of State Committee, a group that will back GOP candidates. “We’re going to be uniquely a focus in a way that we never have been before. Our side is going to be prepared for that.”
Candidates are already drawing battle lines in contests that will determine which party controls the electoral experience voters will face in the next presidential election.
Democrats cast the races as critical to ensuring the future of American democracy, in the face of Trump’s unprecedented assault on historical norms and the truth.
“We need to stand with the American people, because American voters, both Democrats and Republicans, overwhelmingly support having free and fair elections,” said Jena Griswold (D), Colorado’s secretary of state and chair of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State. “Democracy will be on the ballot in 2022.”
For Republicans, the situation is more complicated, and the message more muddled….