For those of us working to reduce partisanship in election administration and protect fair elections, last night brought a lot of good news, along with some bad, with more to understand in the days and weeks ahead.
Here’s one way to sum it up: The “Big Lie” lost a lot of ground, but the “Big Flaw” — of partisan control over election administration — is very much still with us, and urgently needs fixing.
1. Most election-denier secretary-of-state candidates have been stopped.
Key races in Arizona and Nevada are still undecided, but the big picture is better than expected. Between four and six secretary-of-state candidates who would not acknowledge the 2020 result will win office, out of 33 denier candidates at the start of the primaries (details below).