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GOP election chief rejects heavy job fraud allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Republican Secretary of State who disputed false allegations of electoral fraud by former President Donald Trump in 2020 is the frontrunner for a post leading the Biden administration’s efforts to protect future elections , according to people familiar with the discussions.

Kim Wyman, 59, has led the election in Washington state for years and was reelected for a third term in November – the only Republican elected in the entire West Coast state. She is in talks to become election security officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the agency responsible for protecting U.S. elections, people told The Associated Press. People were aware of the discussions but were not allowed to speak publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

Wyman would serve as the government’s liaison to the states, a job that was highly publicized before 2020, and will only be more so after Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election he lost to Joe Biden, and acceptance of these false claims by other GOP members.

Trump and his allies have made – and still are making – false claims that there was widespread voter fraud in 2020, despite evidence to the contrary. Former Attorney General William Barr told AP there was no sign of widespread fraud. As Trump raged against the election, leaders of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency publicly declared that it was the safest election in history. One of them was fired by Trump soon after.

Dozens of lawsuits by Trump and his allies over allegations of potential electoral fraud have been dismissed by the courts, including by federal judges appointed by Trump.

Yet millions of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. This misinformation prompted thousands to storm the United States Capitol on January 6 in a violent but unsuccessful effort to stop Biden’s certification of victory.

The talks involving Wyman were first reported by CNN. The White House declined to comment and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Wyman did not respond to a text on Monday and his spokesperson said they could not comment on the details of the story.

Last October, Wyman published the book “Elections 2020: Controlling Chaos: How Foreign Interference, a Global Pandemic, and Political Polarization Threaten US Democracy”.

She was a constant presence on national networks in the weeks leading up to the 2020 elections, touting the safety and security of the postal voting system in her state, a process that has been in place there for years. She took issue with Trump’s claims that postal voting was fraudulent.

In interviews with AP ahead of the 2020 election, Wyman said she was “first and foremost an election administrator.”

“If the president wants to rant and rave about the insecurity of postal voting or the way our elections are going to be rigged, then I’m going to talk about the security measures put in place by Washington state,” he said. she told AP in September. 2020. “And I’m going to spend my time talking about the facts, and no, I’m not going to get bogged down in some kind of political debate and posture.”

Before all 12 members of the State Electoral College voted for Biden in Olympia, Washington, in December, Wyman became emotional as he told them about the vote they were about to take.

“While some people continue to question the outcome of this election, average citizens of all walks of life will mobilize today to exercise their responsibility to fulfill their constitutional duty to the best of their ability,” she said. declared. “It’s an important ceremony. This is the American mode of governance. It is democracy in action.

Wyman has never been shy about saying she’s a Republican, but said she believes she approached the job in a non-partisan way.

“This is how you do the job every day, and my job is to instill confidence in every voter, whether they are a staunch Democrat or a die-hard Republican,” she said last year.


La Corte reported from Olympia, Washington.

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