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Progressive group launches $7 million effort to elect Democratic secretaries of state and attorneys basic

End Citizens United / Let America Vote on Tuesday will endorse six Democratic incumbents as part of its new Democracy Defenders program, first shared with CNN. The group supports Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon .

It also intends to compete in races in Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Arizona – states where Republican-controlled lawmakers have also passed or put forward laws that restrict access to ballot papers or seek to take power and into the hands of election officials to be laid by legislators or administrators of their choice.

The GOP legislative action means that advocates of the right to vote “must fight louder to protect the voice and voice of every American,” said Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, in a statement. She said the incumbents, who support her group, “stand firm against corruption, protect the right to vote and hold the line to ensure that our elections are safe, fair and accessible”.

The organization hasn’t revealed how it plans to spend the $ 7 million, but it typically uses a mix of mailers, digital and traditional advertising, and public relations in its campaigns.

In the next year, attorneys general and foreign ministers will be elected in more than two dozen states.

The election chiefs of the states of both parties were insulted and threatened after the elections in 2020 – when the former President Donald Trump spread the untruths of a “rigged” election. While there is no evidence of widespread misconduct that could have altered election results, Republican lawmakers in major swing states have pushed laws that they say uphold the integrity of the elections.

Democrats and constituencies say the measures aim to quell votes in 2022. In addition, they argue that bills designed to restrict the power of foreign ministers and other electoral officials could lead to partisan interference when the time comes to count votes and confirm results.

The States United Democracy Center, a bipartisan group formed to promote fair elections, has counted at least 216 bills in 41 states that would criminalize the actions of electoral officials, give lawmakers more power to conduct elections, or otherwise interfere . Two dozen have become law to this day. Last week, the GOP lawmakers, who control the Arizona Legislature, voted to remove Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of her authority to oversee election-related complaints, relinquishing that power to the Republican Attorney General.

The ban would expire on January 2, 2023, when the offices of Foreign Minister and Attorney General could switch party control after the 2022 election. Hobbs is running for governor; Attorney General Mark Brnovich is running for the US Senate.

Hobbs has sharply criticized a problematic “review” ordered by the GOP of the 2.1 million votes cast in Maricopa County, Arizona. In Michigan, a Republican legislature has now tabled a bill requiring the state to review its 2020 results, despite the Secretary of State’s conclusion that there was no fraud or foul play in last year’s election. Last week, the Republican-led Senate State Oversight Committee confirmed that there was “no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud” in these elections.

In a statement of endorsement, Benson pledged to “keep fighting so every American knows the truth: The 2020 elections were the safest and safest in the history of our state and our nation.”

CNN’s Eric Bradner contributed to this story.

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