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Newsom slams challenger Larry Elder for telling supporters to report election fraud ahead of Tuesday’s recall election

In this February 16, 2021 file photo, California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on the campus of the California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. AP Photo / Jae C. Hong, file

  • Last week Trump claimed the California recall election would be rigged.

  • Challenger Larry Elder has called on his supporters to report incidents of fraud, Politico reported.

  • Governor Newsom criticized the effort as trying to cast doubt on the elections.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized recall challenger Larry Elder for sowing distrust of the California recall election when Elder called on his supporters to report election fraud before September 14, Politico reported.

On his campaign site, Elder added a “report election incident” link that leads to, an anonymously registered website apparently created on August 27 that allows people to submit tips on electoral fraud.

“This is just an extension of the Big Lie and ‘Stop the Steal’,” Newsom told reporters in a vote with first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom at the California State Archives in Sacramento on Friday. “It’s four days away, the elections haven’t even taken place, and now they’re all claiming voter fraud. I think it’s important to stress that.”

The Sacramento Bee reported that Elder also threatened to take legal action to challenge the election results. The election is set for Tuesday.

“We have a voter integrity council in place – most of them are lawyers,” Elder said Wednesday, according to CNN. “So when people hear things, they contact us. We will sue in a timely manner.”

Newsom told The Bee that “there is a common thread within the Republican Party that if they don’t get what they want, they are ready to attack the fundamentals of an election. a way that has far-reaching consequences. It is very, very damaging and unfounded, absolutely unfounded. “

Politico previously reported that former President Donald Trump said the election was “likely rigged” without any evidence.

“The ballots… are mail-in ballots… I guess you even have a case where you can make your own ballot. When that happens, no one is going to win but these Democrats. thing they’re good at is rigging elections, so I predict it’s a rigged election, “Trump said in an interview with Newsmax.

Trump and his allies have carried out dozens of lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election, all of which were unsuccessful.

California Assembly Member Chad Mayes told Politico he had already received “texts saying ‘don’t let them steal it'”.

“It’s this constant message that somehow if Republicans lose the election it’s because of voter fraud. It’s wrong, it’s dangerous and it must stop. “Mayes told Politico.

Newsom said on Friday he would accept the election result.

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