Democracy IS a stake down there they say….
This members of BOTH parties trying to push back against some knuckleheads trying to dance with Trump’s efforts to delegitimise American voting systems deal with him losing last November , and trying to bend things for him should he run again …
The Republicans and Democrats who run Florida’s elections have an urgent message to elected officials and candidates in the state: You are undermining democracy.
Stand up for America — The Florida Supervisors of Elections, the association that represents the officials who actually run the state’s elections, is sending out a lengthy statement that asks those in power and running for office to “tone down the rhetoric and stand up for our democracy.” The association is made up of members of both parties and whose current president is a Republican, Marion County Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox.
Threats aimed at supervisors — Without mentioning former President Donald Trump or his baseless allegations of voter fraud, the group stated “during and after the 2020 Presidential Election, the integrity of our democracy has been challenged by misinformation, disinformation and malinformation that sows discord and undermines trust in America’s electoral process. Many of us have been threatened by our fellow citizens who have been led astray by these deceptions.”
More from the supervisors — Another part of the message goes on to state: “False claims of fraud do not strengthen our elections. Instead, they degrade confidence in the institutions, and discourage citizen participation in our democracy.”
Timing is everything — The message from those officials came out the same day Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz got into a row in D.C. where he refused to say if President Joe Biden legitimately won the election. It follows a push by some Florida Republicans for a “forensic” audit and hand recount of the 2020 election in a state Trump won handily… because they believe his margin of victory should’ve been larger.
Yes, but — Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed against some in his own party and said there is no need for an audit. But his campaign sent out an email on Wednesday looking to raise money off fears of election tampering….