LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s Republican Party voted to censure the secretary of state, accusing her of failing to fully investigate allegations of fraud in the 2020 election.
She says there was no fraud and that her own party is attacking her for refusing to put her “thumb on the scale of democracy.”
Barbara Cegavske, the only Republican statewide office holder in Nevada, said members of her party are disappointed with the election results and believe fraud occurred “despite a complete lack of evidence to support that belief.”
Cegavske has repeatedly defended the results that show now-President Joe Biden won the state as reliable and accurate despite attacks from former President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
She released the following statement:
“Regrettably, members of my own political party have decided to censure me simply because they are disappointed with the outcome of the 2020 election. While I have been loyal to the Nevada Republican Party during my over two decades as an elected official, I have been unwavering in my commitment to oversee elections and administer Nevada’s election laws in a neutral, nonpartisan manner. This is the job Nevadans elected me to do, and I’m proud of the work my office did last year in the face of unprecedented obstacles. My job is to carry out the duties of my office as enacted by the Nevada Legislature, not carry water for the state GOP or put my thumb on the scale of democracy. Unfortunately, members of my own party continue to believe the 2020 general election was wrought with fraud – and that somehow I had a part in it – despite a complete lack of evidence to support that belief. Regardless of the censure vote by the Nevada Republican Party Central Committee, I will continue in my efforts to oversee secure elections in Nevada and to restore confidence in our elections, confidence which has been destroyed by those falsely claiming the 2020 general election produced widespread fraud.“Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske
The Nevada Republican Party released a statement regarding the resolution passed to censure Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske:
“During its meeting this weekend, the Nevada Republican Party had a healthy debate regarding November’s election and the role of the Nevada Secretary of State. The Nevada Republican Central Committee passed a resolution to censure SOS Barbara Cegavske due to her failure to implement reasonable election security measures, failure to investigate all potential fraudulent votes, and irresponsible public statements regarding the fairness of the 2020 election.The Nevada Republican Party is disappointed by the inaction of the Secretary of State to communicate and timely investigate claims of voter fraud in the Silver State. While many vague and flawed sections of Nevada Revised Statutes make election integrity difficult in Nevada, the Nevada SOS had many opportunities to safeguard this election and instill voter confidence both prior to and following the election. The Nevada SOS’s failure to act when she had opportunities to do so is unfortunate and disappointing. Notably, the Secretary of State’s office allowed the Clark County Elections Department to submit its election observation plans months late and, when it was finally received, the Nevada SOS quickly rubber stamped the plan proposed despite an offer by the Nevada GOP to fully fund live streaming of ballot counting in Clark County similar to what the Washoe County Elections Department already offers to the public. Due in large part to the Nevada SOS’s unwillingness to assure meaningful observation of the 2020 election, the voting process in Clark County was poorly conducted and lacked the transparency generally expected.Secretary of State Cegavske’s irresponsible communications regarding the fairness of the election continue to this day as she asserts that the election was not “wrought with fraud” although her office acknowledges the receipt and ongoing investigation of more than 120,000 voters provided by the Nevada Republican Party’s Election Integrity Violation Reports. This irresponsible communication has been used by Democrats as bipartisan endorsement to their bad election reform legislation being presented such as AB 321.The Nevada Republican Party believes in integrity and the rule of law and would never ask our elected officials to “put their thumb on the scale”. The Nevada Republican Party simply holds all elected officials to a high standard and demands that each of them do their job and uphold their Oath of Office.”Nevada Republican Party
On Twitter Sunday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak defended SOS Cegavske, calling her a “steadfast leader who consistently puts Nevada first by serving with the utmost integrity.”