(NewsBroadcast.com) – The state-level Secretary of State position exists in 47 of the 50 states, whose duties include various administrative tasks. In Arizona, the job includes serving as chief election officer, and former President Donald Trump previously endorsed Representative Mark Finchem (R-AZ) for the role.
If elected by the residents of Arizona, the legislator will have the power to certify candidates, election results, and ballot measures. He will also get to test voting machines and train election officials.
As a strong supporter of Trump and holding the belief the 2020 election was fraught with corruption, overseeing the election process in Arizona might be of interest to Finchem.
The lawmaker shared a recent The Guardian article on Twitter, calling it fake news.
— Mark Finchem (@RealMarkFinchem) February 21, 2022
The article claims Finchem had previous alleged ties to the Oath Keepers militia group and was present in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. While he admits his presence, he vehemently denies playing any part in the breach of the Capitol building. Finchem stated he was there to give election fraud evidence to then-Vice President Mike Pence. The lawmaker threatened to sue those who accused him of helping to organize the alleged insurrection.
The Arizona Secretary of State primary will take place on August 2, followed by the general election on November 8.
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