The landscape in Massachusetts
Massachusetts voters had an Election Denier on the ballot for Governor in 2022: Geoff Diehl, who had claimed that the 2020 election was “stolen from Trump” and “rigged in a way that should never happen again.”
Diehl later backed away and acknowledged President Biden’s win. But you don’t get to flip-flop on democracy, and voters decisively rejected him in any case: Diehl lost by 29 percentage points.
Election Deniers have caused trouble in Massachusetts even without controlling state offices, though. In 2022, local election officials were bombarded by frivolous records requests. “The requests are coming from people who are really not seriously interested in the information they’re looking for,” Secretary of State Bill Galvin told WCVB. “They’re just simply looking to poke at people who they don’t like and states they don’t like, which we happen to be one of. It just is inappropriate.”
0 Election Deniers hold statewide Office right now.
Elections are run by the states. In Massachusetts, the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State are the state officials responsible for overseeing elections. It’s up to them to make sure the will of the people is always respected.
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How Massachusetts compares
Every state runs its own elections, with its own laws and processes. Check out how Massachusetts compares with other states in its region when it comes to Election Deniers holding state election administration jobs.
Election Denial in New England States
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Sitting official is an Election Denier
- In Maine, the Secretary of State is appointed by the legislature.
- In New Hampshire, the Secretary of State is appointed by the legislature.
Beyond the ballot box
Each year, state legislators introduce thousands of bills related to elections. And in the past few years, we’ve identified a concerning trend. Across the country, state legislatures are considering bills that would make it easier for partisan actors to manipulate an election, and maybe even overturn the will of the people. We’re tracking these bills along with our partners in an ongoing series of reports called “A Democracy Crisis in the Making.” In 2023 alone, through early May, we tracked 185 bills introduced in 38 state legislatures that would politicize, criminalize, or interfere with elections.
The anti-democracy playbook is simple: change the rules and change the referees, in order to change the results. These bills go hand-in-hand with the Election Denier movement: They’re about taking power away from voters and making it harder for trusted election officials to do their jobs.