Analysis: AZ at Risk for Election Denialism in 2024
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Election denialism in Arizona could interfere with the 2024 presidential race.
Analysis from the National Election Denial Risk Index shows Arizona is among various battleground states that is at a moderate risk of being impacted by election denialism.
Many Trump-backed candidates that supported election denialism in the state lost during last year's midterm elections, but the movement remains strong in parts of the state such as rural Cochise County.
Senior Voting Policy Researcher Brian Hinkle with the Movement Advancement Project said states should be pressed to pass laws to prevent a repeat of 2020 in 2024.
"Our report shows," said Hinkle, "157 million voters currently live in states that are at least moderate risk of election denial jeopardizing future elections."
The analysis lists a number of threats produced by election denialism which include election deniers infiltrating election offices, a disruption of post-election protocol as well as violence and harassment targeting nonpartisan election officials.
Despite the 2020 election having taken place three years ago, its repercussions are still being felt today.
Hinkle said former President Donald Trump's slew of indictments speak for themselves.
To build their case, Georgia prosecutors reference the state of Arizona various times in the indictment, which has left some wondering if the Grand Canyon State will pursue similar legal action.
Just last month, Democratic Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes confirmed an investigation has been launched to examine fake electors in Arizona.
Hinkle said free and fair elections should be synonymous with American democracy.
"The recent indictments charging former President Trump and others with conspiracy to overturn the results of the election among other crimes," said Hinkle, "I think highlight both the continued threat of election denial, as well as the potential path for states to hold bad actors accountable."
Hinkle said because of Arizona's slim 2020 margin between Trump and Joe Biden, enacting policies to defend the democratic process are all the more crucial.
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