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Oregon legislators join calls to audit 2020 election

By: - October 6, 2021 3:08 pm

A Stop The Steal was posted inside of the Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

Two Oregon legislators signed onto a national letter calling to “audit” the 2020 election in all 50 states and scrub voter rolls “to ensure future integrity of our elections.”

State Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, and state Rep. Lily Morgan, R-Grants Pass, are among nearly 100 state lawmakers from around the country who signed the letter spearheaded by a group of Arizona politicians.

The letter makes multiple false claims about Arizona’s recently completed review of ballots in the state’s most populous county, which found that President Joe Biden received more votes than former President Donald Trump. 

Instead, the letter claims that Arizona’s review proves the 2020 election was “corrupted” and calls for new audits in all 50 states. The legislators want states to “decertify” their electors and for the U.S. House of Representatives to hold a new election with one vote per state to name the president.

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, whose office handles audits and elections, flatly shut down the requests made in the letter. 

“Not happening. Can confirm,” she tweeted

Neither Linthicum nor Morgan responded to questions from the Capital Chronicle about the letter and whether they trust Oregon’s election results. In December, Linthicum was one of a dozen Oregon legislators who asked Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to join a lawsuit challenging election procedures in several swing states. Rosenblum did enter that lawsuit — joining 22 attorneys general to oppose it

Linthicum currently serves as the treasurer of the Oregon Republican Party and the Senate Republican caucus’s whip.

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Julia Shumway
Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway has reported on government and politics in Iowa and Nebraska, spent time at the Bend Bulletin and most recently was a legislative reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix. An award-winning journalist, Julia most recently reported on the tangled efforts to audit the presidential results in Arizona.