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Democrats warn of 'slow-motion insurrection' as Republicans seize election power

In battleground states and beyond, Republicans are taking hold of the once-overlooked machinery of elections

 

December 30, 2021

Bob Christie, Associated Press file

In Arizona, state Rep. Mark Finchem's bid to be secretary of state has unnerved many Republicans, given that he hosted a daylong hearing in November 2000 that featured Trump adviser Rudolph Giuliani.

In the weeks leading up to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a handful of Americans - well-known politicians, obscure local bureaucrats - stood up to block then-President Donald Trump's unprecedented attempt to overturn a free and fair vote of the American people.

In the year since, Trump-aligned Republicans have worked to clear the path for next time.

In battleground states and beyond, Republicans are taking hold of the once-overlooked machinery of elections. While the effort is incomplete and uneven, outside experts on democracy and Democrats are sounding alarms, warning that the United States is witnessing a "slow-motion insurrection" with a better chance of success than Trump's failed power grab last year.

https://www.startribune.com/slow-motion-insurrection-how-gop-seizes-election-power/600131098/

 

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