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Report: GA Among Battleground States at Risk for 'Election Denialism'

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Monday, September 11, 2023   

Georgia and other battleground states are susceptible to election denialism, which a new report said has implications for the next election.

The Movement Advancement Project has created a "National Election Denial Risk Index," and it showed Georgia has a moderate risk of facing such challenges as restricted voting rights, disinformation, harassment of elected officials and interference in election processes.

Brian Hinkle, senior voting policy researcher for the Movement Advancement Project and co-author of the analysis, underscored what he called an "urgent need" for states to take stronger actions to prevent a recurrence of the denialism witnessed during the 2020 election.

"The recent indictments charging former President Trump and others with conspiracy to overturn the results of the election, among other crimes, I think highlight both the continued threat of election denial, as well as a potential path for states to hold bad actors accountable," Hinkle contended.

Hinkle argued states should make it a priority to protect election officials, enhance voting rights and address false information. He stressed it is particularly crucial in Georgia, where disinformation was rampant in a close race, and noted the state still lacks equipment for voters to verify their choices.

Other steps Hinkle suggested to safeguard democracy include implementing more audits to strengthen election verification processes. He highlighted the potential impact of election deniers on the 2024 election, and emphasized the need for states to be proactive.

"Our report shows that 157 million voters currently live in states that are at least moderate risk of election denial, jeopardizing future elections," Hinkle explained.

The report ranked states' risk as low, moderate or high. It said other battleground states, like Michigan and Nevada, have implemented new election laws to combat denialism, and Pennsylvania has enacted laws to protect against false election information.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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