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 Johnson, Donald 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?