Threats of Violence and State-Level Republicans' Efforts to Subvert Future Elections
"A new, more dangerous front has opened in the voting wars, and it’s going to be much harder to counteract than the now-familiar fight over voting rules. At stake is something I never expected to worry about in the United States: the integrity of the vote count. The danger of manipulated election results looms."
"Before long, [the Republican state senators] sent subpoenas to the county seeking the 2.1 million ballots, access to 385 voting machines and other equipment like check-in poll books, voting machine passwords and personal details on everyone who voted. The supervisors resisted, calling the election fraud-free, and said they wanted a court ruling on the subpoenas’ legality.
"The reaction was immediate: The four Republicans and one Democrat on the Board of Supervisors were deluged with thousands of telephone calls and emails from Trump supporters, many from out of state, some promising violence.
"'All five supervisors were receiving death threats,' said Mr. Gallardo, the Democratic supervisor. Two police officers were posted outside his home."
"[Sterling] even goes so far as to dismiss as 'wild allegations' the claim that the law would allow the legislature to overturn the election, but his explanation merely
shows that the new law requires several steps to do so, not that it does not allow itfocuses on one aspect of the law, ignoring another provision that allows the gerrymandered Republican legislature to put loyalists in place who would do what Raffensperger (and Sterling) refused to do. Moreover, he defends this provision with a diversion: "That is an ill-conceived part of the law. But it isn’t voter suppression." Right. Not everything in the law is voter suppression, and this element is worse. Even without suppressing votes, it would allow the legislature to set asidepredetermine the election's outcome without admitting what they have done."