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‘Dangerous precedent’: January 6 committee targets fake pro-Trump voters

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‘Dangerous precedent’: January 6 committee targets fake pro-Trump voters

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Nessel, in recent interviews, said the evidence pointed to a coordinated effort to summon GOP voters in several states that Trump lost and have them declare themselves to be genuine voters for that state. She noted that the forms used by voters in different places were almost identical, from their wording to their fonts.

“It’s clear to me that these weren’t freelance, rogue actors unknowingly doing the same thing they had done in many other states,” she said.

Republicans at the time pointed out that their decision to hold votes from unauthorized voters had precedent. In 1960, three Democratic voters in Hawaii came together to vote for John F. Kennedy, even though election results showed Richard Nixon had narrowly prevailed in the state. With a recount underway, those pro-Kennedy voters still gathered to vote and submitted those results to Congress and the National Archives, the clearinghouse for voter certificates.

The Hawaii recount eventually reversed the result, showing Kennedy had won by less than 200 votes, and the state’s governor then certified the Democratic slate as well. On January 6, 1961, Democratic voters were those counted by Congress, under President Nixon, then Vice President.

Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward then highlighted this episode by describing her decision to deliver GOP voters to Congress in 2020.

In a statement this week, the Wisconsin GOP also pointed to voters in Hawaii in 1960 — and pointed out that it had received legal advice to bring GOP voters together, in case Trump finds a way to win.

‘Dangerous precedent’: January 6 committee targets fake pro-Trump voters

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