Secretary of State Jim Condos continues to dismiss that election fraud in the 2020 presidential occurred, even as several states are investigating suspected fraud, and at least one state’s attorney general is expected to launch criminal investigations.
In a commentary published last week (“The age of disinformation: How you can help protect our democracy), Condos begins by citing the theory that Russians hacked the 2016 presidential election.
“Turn back to September of 2017, when Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed what we had suspected for months: Russian cyber actors had attacked our elections in an attempt to unduly influence the outcome,” he stated without offering details.
Condos then affirms that Vermont’s election systems –which now include the controversial use of universal ballots sent to every registered voter in the state whether they want one or not — are secure.
“From the ‘gold standard’ voter marker paper ballot we use in Vermont, to post-election audits, strict chain of custody procedures, routine penetration testing, threat prevention, detection and mitigation, multifactor authentication, and state and federal partnerships, my goal has always been to be transparent and give Vermont voters the information they need to feel confident in the security and integrity of our elections,” he wrote.
But a new Rasmussen poll indicates that 71 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Democrats believe that using the mail system for elections compromises election integrity. Among unaffiliated voters, 55 percent have doubts about mail-in voting.
While instances of election fraud have been alleged in Vermont, recent headlines from several battleground states during the 2020 presidential election show that election officials and even Arizona’s attorney general are taking election fraud claims seriously.
Last week the state of Wisconsin announced that its Senate is going to open up investigations into allegations of election fraud, according to the Star Tribune. So far 2020 election audits have revealed 60,000 Wisconsin individuals registered to vote whose recorded data did not match data at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
In Wisconsin last week, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office revealed that illegal ballot harvesting was promoted by the Wisconsin Elections Commission in violation of state law, including eight cases of alleged fraud at a Mount Pleasant nursing home.
Condos continues to dismiss recent headlines as conspiracy theories.
“Red or blue, it doesn’t matter: how can we expect to have civil conversations when swirling around us everywhere we turn we see conspiracy theories, offensive memes, and outright lies designed to warp our own perceptions of the democratic process until we turn on each other?” he wrote.
He also called for “civil discourse” while calling his opponents “bad actors push false rhetoric.”