Nevada Republican Party votes to censure GOP secretary of state

Source: The Hill | April 11, 2021 | Joseph Choi

The Nevada Republican Central Committee voted on Saturday to censure Nevada GOP Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske over claims that she failed to prevent widespread voter fraud in the state during the 2020 presidential election.

The Nevada Independent reported that the committee voted 126-112 to censure Cegavske over claims she failed to “put the reliability of our elections in Nevada in question.”

According to a cover letter obtained by the outlet, the censure prohibits Cegavske from receiving party endorsements and resources, with the committee citing “the intense dishonor her failures brought upon the Nevada Republican Party.”

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Cegavske pushed back on the premise of the party’s censure in a statement to the Independent on Sunday.

“Regrettably, members of my own political party have decided to censure me simply because they are disappointed with the outcome of the 2020 election,” Cegavske said. “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 today 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,” she added.

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