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Anderson Raises Pay to Recruit Election-Denying Election Supervisor, Continues to Foment Trump’s Big Lie

On October 11, 2022, election denier Mike Mathis told the Lincoln County Commission, “It makes me sick to be here today…. I don’t want to be here in the public. I have other things to do with my life.”

Evidently $27.98 an hour wrested from the public treasury by fellow election denier and Minnehaha County Auditor Leah Anderson has changed Mathis’s mind about being in public. Sioux Falls Live confirms that Anderson has hired Mathis as her elections supervisor:

Minnehaha County Auditor Leah Anderson announced this week that she hired Mike Mathis as the elections supervisor. The hiring was included on the commission’s consent agenda but does not require the panel’s approval.

Mathis has an accounting degree with a background in finance and project management. He was also involved with SD Canvassing Group and previously appeared before the commission during public input asking for documents related to the 2020 election.

“Where I stand on our elections right now is no transparency, no confidence, that’s where I stand,” he said during public comment on Aug. 2, 2022. “We just want confirmation that the elections are what you say they are.”

…Anderson was elected in the November 2022 election with 58% of the vote. She said that since 2021, there have been three other individuals who held the position, but moved on to other opportunities.

In order to add stability, Anderson said she increased the base salary for the elections supervisor and required greater qualifications.

The position will now be full-time, instead of also having other duties. The hourly pay will be $27.98 per hour. The pay rate was increased after the qualifications were upgraded with addition of a college degree and project experience, said Anderson.

Anderson said there were more than 40 applications for the position [Barry Amundson and Patrick Lalley, “Minnehaha County Auditor Hires New Election Supervisor with Ties to Group Questioning Results,” Sioux Falls Live, 2023.09.07].

In addition to filling a vitally important job with a conspiracy-theory crony, Anderson demonstrates her ongoing commitment to public falsehood by spinning this snide word game on her election denialism:

In an interview with Sioux Falls Live on Tuesday, Anderson said she chooses her words carefully but that she doesn’t deny there was an election in 2020.

When asked if she thought it was fair, she said “maybe not” [Amundson and Lalley, 2023.09.07].

No one is saying that Anderson, Mathis, Secretary of State Monae JohnsonDonald Trump, Kari Lake, and the other fascist deluders with whom they insurge are denying that an election took place in 2020. We—I, the SDGOP spin blog, and anyone else who objectively assesses the words out of their lying mouths—are saying that Anderson, Mathis, and their ilk are denying the plain fact, demonstrated by numerous audits and public investigations and upheld by dozens of courts around the nation, that the 2020 general election was one of the most fair and secure elections this nation has ever held.

As public election officials, Anderson and now Mathis have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our elections. They have an obligation to assure the public that our elections have been fair and will remain fair under their guidance. If they find problems in how our elections have been run, they have an obligation to tell us those problems, but they have an obligation to present real evidence of those problems and to transparently develop and execute solutions to those problems.

Most importantly, Anderson and Mathis have an obligation not to lie, or to encourage lies that harm our faith in elections and our democracy as a whole.

The 2020 general election was fair and secure, in Minnehaha County, in South Dakota, and the United States of America, thanks to the commitment of honest election officials across our great nation to truth and integrity. Saying that the 2020 general election was not fair, against all available evidence, is a lie and a betrayal of the basic obligations of a county auditor and chief election official. Tacking a smirking “maybe” on the front of that lie does not change that destructive lie or the responsibility for fomenting it.

Mathis said last year it made him sick to be in the public. I share the feeling, Mike: it makes me sick to have you and your fellow liar Leah Anderson in the public, earning a public paycheck, telling the public your Big Lie, and now having your hands on the ballots the public will cast. If you and Leah will ignore and manipulate the truth, how can we know that you won’t ignore the votes people cast and manipulate the outcome of the next election?


  1. P. Aitch 2023-09-09 07:42

    Why did the worried election denier refuse to eat a donut from the election security booth?

    Because they were afraid it might be filled with “dough”minion votes.

  2. Donald Pay 2023-09-09 09:55

    Was there anyone in South Dakota who thought they lost an election because of the hallucinatory reasons pimped by the election deniers?

    I’m asking because in Wisconsin, where we had similar hallucinatory delusions brought up after the 2020 election, and despite a recount and despite a year long hallucinatory “audit” by the election deniers, and despite the usual post-election audit done under state law, the only result was Biden won by more votes here than were tabulated on election day. There were a few close races in the undercard, and those were all decided after recounts. No one in any other race in Wisconsin was there anyone who raised “voter fraud” or any other such nonsense as a reason they won or lost. And that brings up an interesting point. If there was so much voter fraud going on, you would have thunk that it might bleed out into other top contests, such as our race for US Senator, where my candidate lost by percentage point.

  3. John 2023-09-09 10:05

    Someone should pull out Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to see how it fits these morons – especially the clause of giving aid and comfort to the election fascists.

  4. Eve Fisher 2023-09-09 10:15

    Major flaws with “the election was stolen!” mantra:
    (1) Those who dispute Trump’s losing the 2020 election never question the major Republican wins in the House, or in local elections, down-ballot. Either the election was rigged for everyone, or it was rigged for no one. NOTE: If the election HAD been rigged and voting machines tampered with, etc., Mitch McConnell would have lost as well, and there would be no GOP majority in the House. THE ELECTION WAS NOT STOLEN.
    (2) Mail-in votes are never counted BEFORE election day; they’re always counted after all the votes have been cast on election day, and are counted last, after all the machine votes have been counted. November, 2020 was a month when Covid was rampant, there were no vaccines available, and a huge number of citizens, both Republicans and Democrats, did vote by mail. NOTE: Trump encouraged his supporters to vote by mail. THE ELECTION WAS NOT STOLEN.
    (3) Rupert Murdoch didn’t pay out $787 million to Dominion in their defamation lawsuit against Fox News because he was trying to cover up dodgy voting machines: he paid out millions so Dominion wouldn’t bankrupt him and Fox News for the lies they told, over and over and over again. THE ELECTION WAS NOT STOLEN. THE VOTING MACHINES WERE PERFECTLY SAFE.
    (4) Yeah, Trump was very strong and seemingly undefeatable in January, 2020. But by Election Day, 2020, things had changed. Again, Covid was rampant (10 million cases and 200,000 dead in America), the Dow had cratered, and there were a few other problems going on in the world. THE ELECTION WAS NOT STOLEN.
    (5) Trump put out the claim that the election was rigged beginning in August, 2020 (Steve Bannon, Fox News, Alex Jones, etc., echoed it all around the chamber), and talked about challenging the election – if he lost – before the election was even held. And Bannon and Stone said – on tape and on camera – how they would do exactly what they did do: defy the results, whip up a fervor, claim they won, and deny anything else.
    But Leah Anderson and Mike Mathis are not going to give up an inch of insanity to realize that.

  5. All Mammal 2023-09-09 10:16

    This all comes down to these awful people denying South Dakotans our Roe votes. They will betray their oath for their anti-abortion crusade. We need a plan WHEN that happens.

  6. larry kurtz 2023-09-09 10:22

    According to a Rasmussen poll only 45% of Republicans want Trump on the general election ballot so Republicans with legal standing are driving the lawsuits to block him.

  7. P. Aitch 2023-09-09 11:35

    “The election was totally stolen from Trump. You’re just too collectively stupid to discover how we did it. Every liberal knows exactly how it happened. Heh heh HO! And we’re gonna steal if from Trump again in ’24. Just try and prove it, clowns.” #grins (If you’re gonna continue to label yourselves victims then get used to being treated like a victim.)

  8. larry kurtz 2023-09-09 11:52

    Sens. Thune and Rounds are among the republic’s most popular so how are attacks on them from the state’s Republican governor not a disconnect?

  9. Vi Kingman 2023-09-09 14:13

    When these morons talk about a stolen election they have to be called out. They need to be asked for proof. Not some vague reasons, I want to see actual proof where there was fraud in South Dakota.

  10. leslie 2023-09-09 21:10

    they can’t admit to fueling the election lies. theirs backs are against the wall.

    Shall we forgive them the lies and damage they caused?

    Shall we hold them accountable? If we do and they violently revolt, resist, and deny every consequence for of their damage to democracy, dragging their story of woe out for the next many decades, their lost cause, like Republicans always have demonstrated in the past, will ANY of us be able to ever again attain a life generally free and happy?

  11. Richard Schriever 2023-09-10 08:08

    The “Lost Cause” of the modern Republican Party is simply the extension and continuation of the “Lost Cause” grievance of the CSA. The CSA’s treasonous, rebellion against the USA lives on today in the Republican Party.

  12. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-12 09:56

    Funny how people forget history, it was the DEMOCRAT PARTY that attached themselves so tightly to Great Britain, the Virginia Land Company which was a Bank of London Trust Company in business with issuing Charters to create Plantations of which were corporate companies of who utilized the constitution to create British-Born American States, thus creating a Confederation of Member-States to form an alliance to do business with British Businesses, with the goal to provide cheap labor, goods, and services creating a vibrant economy in the South, This Confederation grew to 14 States with the Addition of West Virginia, where it is now known, that the C.S.A was a British Land Trust, acting as 14 American States, all legally, and allowed under the U.S Constitution. The real winner of the Civil War was Great Britain, for it led to the Enslavement of more than 300,000,000 Americans today, whereas the Democrat Party has allowed for Foreign-Born Persons to come to America illegally, meaning, without the proper due process, with the intent to manipulate, abuse the American Economy. Today, America is a Federal Militerized District born from the effects and resolutions of the Civil War, which today leads us to become charter members of the United Nations, NAFTA, and NATO, of which all three are Crime Syndidate Organizations. The BRITISH won the War.

  13. larry kurtz 2023-09-12 09:58

    Yes, it never ceases to amuse how Republicans paint Democrats as the party of slavery then praise the slaveowners who penned not just the Bill of Rights but the Declaration of Independence, too.

  14. Dicta 2023-09-12 10:32

    Mike is still being a mentally ill liar and not following through with what he’d said he’d do. But we should listen to him.

  15. O 2023-09-12 10:47

    Our MAGA friends have become trapped in the dichotomy of being either only victors or victims. There can be no such thing as a loss or setback; they are winning all the time; if the results do not show that, then it is rigged, fake news — all ways of being victimized. This thinking validates their 100% right 100% of the time with no room for adjustment or amendment. What it really focuses on is selfishness and the cult of personality because the strongest individual personality gets to be the 100% right. it is up to the rest to fall in line (and why wouldn’t they when they now get to be 100% right too?).

    The danger seems to be in the margin of losses; close losses easily fit into a margin of error/theft paradigm that never requires contemplation of the positions or beliefs of the cult. MAGA, for the good of the nation and the good of its members, needs an embarrassing, stomping loss that rattles their very foundation. Anything less means MAGA goes on FOREVER.

  16. O 2023-09-12 10:56

    Funny, MLZ is getting dangerously close to CRT. His critique of the Democrats seems to look back at the history of a group and determine that those in that group now should bear the burdens of their past bad acts — even though nobody alive now did those things then.

  17. Mike Zitterich 2023-09-12 11:06

    The State of Minnesota announces, that they will give a Govt Identification Cards aka Driver Licenses, etc to Immigrants who have NOT yet gone through the Immigration process of becoming domiciled citizens, obtaining proper permanent residential status in the States. I already knew this, as a used vehicle dealership;

    I have sold a few vehicles to so called “Minnesota Residents” who do NOT have a social security #, not even a EIN # let alone any form of Federal I.D # other than a fact, that they have a P.O BOX # in a Minnesota county or town. Knowing, that without these documents, they cannot fully claim residency in S.D, let alone transfer a vehicle title in their name in S.D, this also blocks them from being a voter in S.D

    Minnnesota is a corrupted State, allowing these Immigrants, mostly Mexicans, Hispanics, and Dommionicans of obtaining Driver License based on Post Office Box #, these little brats can then live anywhere in the United States, thus voting in multiple states, which is ILLEGAL.

    So, for Democrats to clearly claim there is no Fraud, Gross Manipulation, and Abuse in the American Electoral Process for President is absurb to me. Democrats are either frauds themselves, or supporters for NOT following State Laws meaning they are Treasonists.

  18. P. Aitch 2023-09-12 11:06

    Hear, hear O.

  19. larry kurtz 2023-09-12 11:23

    Deadwood is home to a significant number of service workers from outside the US including the Philippines: Filipino is the largest detailed Asian group in South Dakota.

    Yes, to little surprise the assisted living, funeral home and florist industries do very well and now that brown workers can take the driver’s license exam in Spanish white people can spend more time snorting and shooting meth.

    Zitterich and his Earth haters: we need migrant farm labor!

    Also Earth haters: Joe Biden is letting too many people into the US!

    What do these climate refugees and migrant workers have in common with their Midwest counterparts? Christianity. “Pro-life” is simply code for white people breeding. African-Americans terminate pregnancies at about the same per capita rate as white people do but don’t take their jobs. Latinas, however, have fewer abortions per capita and the extreme white wing of the Republican Party knows it’s hemorrhaging jobs to Latinos.

  20. e platypus onion 2023-09-12 11:27

    Zit left out vital info on inn Class D drivers licenses…. 2. What kind of driver’s license is available under the Driver’s Licenses for All law?

    Starting October 1, all Minnesotans will be eligible for a standard Class D driver’s license regardless of immigration status (ID image above). There will be no markings on the license indicating citizenship or immigration status.

    There are two other licenses available in Minnesota: enhanced and Real ID driver’s licenses. To obtain an enhanced or Real ID license, an applicant must prove citizenship or a qualifying immigration status.

    When people in Minn get a Class D license they are automatically registered to vote, unless they are non-citizens. Non citizens have ro go through the process of becoming citizens, in order to vote, and this addendum was added to the bill with some magat backing.

    Zit practizes magat scare tactics in typical magat scare tactic fashion.

  21. Dicta 2023-09-12 11:46

    Who cares if Mike left out the part of the bill that addresses the very issue he claims wasn’t addressed? What’s a little lying by omission between friends?

  22. O 2023-09-12 12:05

    Mike, (honest question) how did you leap from having an ID/driver’s license to being a registered voter (in several states)? I cannot just wave my driver’s license around and vote.

    Maybe it’s my bias showing, but I’d rather have residents voting than citizens denied the right. The barriers to registration and broad roll purges are larger affronts to a legitimate election in my book.

  23. larry kurtz 2023-09-12 12:07

    Probably not coincidental to Mrs. Noem’s political grandstanding is the flight of talent from the state and calls by its entire congressional delegation to ease immigration rules. Noem’s christianic religionists are apparently void of any compassion and choose to blame Democrats for inflation as labor shortages drive wage increases. It’s hypocritheocracy on meth.

  24. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-12 12:27

    I do know this much, many supposed residents of Minnesota come to my office to potentially buy a used car. Many of these people DO NOT have a Social Security # or a EIN # which keeps them from transfering vehicles in South Dakota. THeir only option is to provide me a PO BOX or address in a Foreign State, Territory, or Country, so log as they have a Driver License or some form of Government Identification from that Foreign Place. I have made it a mission to NOT transact with any one not of South Dakota, cause my first order of busienss is to Help South Dakota Citizens by giving them a use car whether cheap or expensive. What they want to spend is none of my business. I want to help the S.D Single Mothers who need a car to get their kids to school or hospitals, etc, I want to help the struggling Amerian who wants or needs a way to get around or other auto services. I am NOT interested in helping those from Foreign States, Territories, Countries. It is about keeping the INCOME inside South Dakota point blank. I see my fellow S.D Citizens as an Investment in myself, my trade, etc. That is why people support me, and like my whole belief system. That is what it means to be AMERICAN.

    IF you want to come here, you do it legally, you domicile yourself here, you learn OUR LANGUAGE, you adapt to OUR RELIGION, our WAY OF LIFE, our MORALS, VALUES, our State.

    SOUTH DAKOTA is a FREE PEOPLE, born on U.S SOIL, inside our Political Subdivision, we are American first and foremost. We believe a MAN is a MAN and WOMAN is a WOMAN, and MARRIAGE is between a MAN and WOMAN, not anything else, or less.

    When you spend your money locally, that is MONEY being invested in ourselves, our State, and our City.

    You can call me any name you wish, I really do not care what you Democrats believe, You have every right to your beliefs, However, Before you change South Dakota, you better get to know South Dakota first, and until you do, YOU Will NOT find support in South Dakota Politics.

  25. Dicta 2023-09-12 12:34

    Caught in a lie; change the topic.

  26. larry kurtz 2023-09-12 12:35

    The Yellowstone supervolcano doesn’t need permission to change South Dakota for the better by burying Sioux Falls under ten feet of ash.

  27. All Mammal 2023-09-12 13:06

    “Little brats”?
    Oh, good God, just say it already, ya Nick Fuentes AFM racist. Put your pointy hood on before Antifa finds you. Don’t ever forget Americans still believe in doing what is required to NAZIS. Harrison Ford knows.

  28. Dicta 2023-09-12 13:18

    Let’s see if Mike acknowledges that he was wrong or just continues to ignore the lie. This should be fun.

  29. larry kurtz 2023-09-12 13:35

    White Republicans in South Dakota have clearly embraced the idea that the ground they live on was seized for them from aboriginal cultures by liberal democrat, President Thomas Jefferson through an executive order that even he believed was unconstitutional.

  30. O 2023-09-12 14:00

    MLZ, as a Catholic, I was just wondering what “our religion” is is SD. I’d HATE to think I was on the outs.

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  32. Dicta 2023-09-12 21:04

    What a surprise, no retraction from Brother Bi-Polar.

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