FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Emma O’Brien
emma@kansasdems.org
October 18, 2021

DOES DEREK SCHMIDT STAND WITH EXTREMIST LEGISLATORS WORKING TO OVERTURN 2020 ELECTION? 

Senator Virgil Peck: “I personally haven’t had any issues or concerns with election integrity in the state of Kansas”

Attorney General Derek Schmidt: “…The Supreme Court decided not to become involved in the 2020 election, and the Court’s decision means it is time to put this election behind us” 

Topeka, KS – Last week, 138 legislators from 38 states sent a letter calling for nationwide ‘audits’ in an attempt to overturn the results of a democratically-held election from nearly a year ago, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Republicans in state legislatures across the country continue to peddle bad-faith conspiracy theories at the expense of our democracy and our right to vote. Signers of the letter include Kansas elected officials Alicia Straub, Mark Steffen, Tatum Lee, Trevor Jacobs, Randy Garber and Les Mason — all Republicans.

Even though they failed to provide any evidence of the widespread voter fraud they alleged, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt signed on to a frivolous lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last year requesting that the Supreme Court decertify the election results from key swing states. The suit was immediately tossed out for lack of evidence. As the call for sham, partisan ‘audits’ have become the Republican litmus test for the 2022 election cycle, Kansans deserve to know where Schmidt stands on the renewed call to overturn the results of the election.

Additionally, Republican Secretary of State Scott Schwab, who has time and again refuted any claims of widespread voter fraud in the state, already conducted an actual audit that found the election process in Kansas was nearly flawless.

“Last year, when politically expedient, Derek Schmidt sold out our democracy when he signed on to a bogus lawsuit to overturn the results of the 2020 election,” said Emma O’Brien, spokesperson for the KDP. “As 2022 grows nearer, and as extremists continue to undermine our elections, it begs the question: will Schmidt once again abandon Kansans to move up the political ladder? Schmidt has a duty to put Kansans ahead of his political agenda and to denounce the extremism waged by his six Republican colleagues in the Kansas legislature, and if he can’t do that, he’s not up for the job as governor.”

Read more from the Topeka-Capital Journal here

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