The San Diego County Registrar of Voters workplace is instantly seeing a big leap in requests for election info by means of the state’s open information act.
The large improve — 50 occasions regular — comes on the heels of nationwide information tales about how registrars throughout the nation are being inundated by requests for paperwork, apparently from supporters of former President Trump who don’t imagine the 2020 election outcomes.
In response to revealed experiences, the requests to native election workplaces throughout the nation are sometimes broad in nature or written as type letters looking for detailed information of votes solid. One out-of-state registrar likened it to swamping web sites with phony visitors.
The requests to the San Diego County workplace jumped from a mean of just below one per 30 days — .64 per 30 days to be precise — going again to September of 2021 to instantly 51 in August.
“It’s attention-grabbing to take a look at from a month-to-month perspective,” mentioned Registrar Cynthia Paes. “In August we obtained 51 however for probably the most half the requests had been asking for a similar info,” she mentioned, so her workplace was capable of rapidly reply.
The character of the requests from our area are just like these reported throughout the nation. For instance, one request from Escondido asks for a “per-ballot report. This set of data is generally often called a Solid Vote Report” and one other request with a cellphone quantity having a La Jolla prefix asks the identical factor, however the requester didn’t “insert jurisdiction” as instructed. Right here is that request partially:
The requests are public file, and Instances of San Diego reached out to a number of of the people making them to ask about their motivation. Nobody responded.
However nationwide information organizations level to the “Second of Fact Summit” hosted by Mike Lindell, a fervent Trump supporter and the CEO of MyPillow. He’s additionally one of the crucial vocal election conspiracy theorists.
The occasion was live-streamed Aug. 20-21 from Springfield, MO, instantly previous to the leap in file requests.
Lindell says he has spend spent almost $40 million on a campaign to eliminate faulty voting machines that he claims denied Trump the election. Voting machine makers Dominion and Smartmatic have each sued Lindell for defamation.
Paes says her workplace is “dedicated to conducting truthful, open and clear election processes,” including that “whereas the requests represented a big improve, we had been capable of reply rapidly inside the required timelines.”