A grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, Monday charged former president Donald Trump and 18 co-conspirators in a 41-count indictment for their efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the state.
Wendy Weiser, vice president for Democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, had the following comment:
“Monday’s indictment once again spotlights the unprecedented and far-reaching conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election and disenfranchise millions of voters. The crimes alleged by the District Attorney focus on Georgia and also illustrate the broader plot to spread the Big Lie of widespread voter fraud and undermine American democracy.
“Election denial continues to undermine our democracy in Georgia and across the country. The campaign to overturn the 2020 election spawned an election denier movement that continues to destabilize our election system and increase its vulnerability to sabotage.
“The same conspiracy theories that drove the plot to overturn the 2020 election are being used to justify new laws restricting access to voting and facilitating partisan interference in election administration. Election officials in Georgia and across the country are still being targeted for harassment and intimidation. And election deniers continue to threaten the security of voting equipment and data. In addition to holding wrongdoers accountable, we need to address these ongoing threats.”
Related Brennan Center Resources
- “Threats Didn’t End on January 6” (Lauren Miller and Wendy Weiser, August 2023)
- “Fact Check: Trump’s Georgia Call to Raffensperger” (Martha Kinsella and Lauren Miller, July 2023)
- “The Election Deniers’ Playbook for 2024” (Lauren Miller and Wendy Weiser, May 2023)
- “Poll of Election Officials Shows High Turnover Amid Safety Threats and Political Interference” (Ruby Edlin and Lawrence Norden, April 2023)
- Lessons for Our Elections from the January 6 Hearings (Harry Black, Lauren Miller, Daniel Weiner, and Wendy Weiser; December 2022)
- “Brennan Center Letter to State Associations of Election Officials on Addressing Voting Equipment Breaches” (Lawrence Norden, August 2022)
- “Testimony Before the United States House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol” (Wendy Weiser, June 2022)
- “Finding the Same Misinformation in Anti-Voter Lawsuits and Anti-Voter Legislation” (Katie Friel and Will Wilder, April 2022)
- “Election Denial Rhetoric from Sponsors of State Voter Suppression Legislation” (Andrew Garber, April 2022)