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South Carolina Republicans Shut Down Far-Right Group's Attempt to Force an Election Audit

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It's been more than a year since former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election to current President Joe Biden, prompting Trump to spew an incessant onslaught of falsehoods centering on the delusion that Democrats coordinated with election software companies and foreign countries to "steal" the election from Trump.

Partisan audits in Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Georgia only further affirmed Biden's victory, despite Trump's baseless insistence that widespread fraud tipped the election to Biden in each of those states.

Through statements from his spokeswoman Liz Harrington, Trump continues to peddle his fraud fantasies. Many of his supporters believe him and have subsequently been calling for audits of their own.

Such was the case in South Carolina—a state Trump won—when the Lexington County Republican Party requested an audit of their county's 2020 election results, insisting that Trump won by an even larger margin than the 69 percent already reported.

But the South Carolina Republican party denied that request, instead opting for a tactic that's grown all too familiar: expanded restrictions on voting.

The state party passed a resolution calling for the reduction of valid reasons to vote by mail, the expansion of voter ID requirements, and the purging of voter rolls before the 2022 midterms.

While the South Carolina GOP may have rejected the audit proposal, there are still concerns about its efforts to limit voting rights in the state.




Americans are growing more and more weary at the prospect of further election audits—and of Trump supporters' calls for them.






Meanwhile, Trump and his allies continue to peddle the fantasy that the election was "stolen."