MINOT, N.D. — Auditing elections has become something of a rallying cry among die-hard Donald Trump supporters convinced that President Joe Biden only ascended to the office because of fraud at the ballot box.
Pillow impresario Mike Lindell has led a bizarre and high-profile national push to reveal what he claims is election fraud though, so far, he’s failed to produce evidence he claims to have.
Election fraud is fodder for much debate among conservative talk radio hosts (who are often hawking Lindell’s products even as they promote his election theories).
At least five states — Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, per the Brennan Center — have made serious progress toward auditing elections. In other states, including Texas and Maine, there has been a concerted push for an audit.
In July, Biden’s Justice Department issued a warning to state’s auditing elections out of concern “that some jurisdictions conducting them may be using, or proposing to use, procedures that risk violating the Civil Rights Act.” Specifically, the Biden administration warned against destroying or altering election records that must be maintained under federal law and intimidation of voters.
Thanks to Auditor Josh Gallion, North Dakota may soon be plunging into this political morass.