Secretary of State Monae Johnson’s summer study on election integrity appears to have wrapped up its third and final meeting without discussing much of substance, including how to reimburse counties for responding to all the right-wing freak-outery about false or projectionist claims of election fraud:
Mike Buckingham of Rapid City, a former legislator, said he would be involved again in the next step as a state Elections Board member, when the proposed rules are presented for the board’s formal approval, possibly in September.
“There’s a lot of work left to do,” Buckingham said. He noted what wasn’t discussed: The new law says the Secretary of State Office is responsible for reimbursing counties. “That to me is a big question yet. I think when it comes to Pennington County versus Hand County there’s going to be a big difference,” he said [Bob Mercer, “South Dakota’s Post-Election Audits Group Finishes Work,” KELO-TV, 2023.08.22].
Election deniers like Monae Johnson are great at making noise about imaginary problems, but they are terrible at coming up with real solutions and real money to take pay for the election audits they say we so desperately need.