The Nevada Republican Party Central Committee voted to censure GOP secretary of state, Barbara Cegavske, over claims that she failed to prevent widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, The Hill reports.
Members of the central committee voted to approve the censure on a 126-112 vote during the party’s spring meeting in Carson City, according to The Nevada Independent.
The committee claimed she failed to “put the reliability of our elections in Nevada in question,”
According to a cover letter the censure “prohibits Cegavske from receiving party endorsements and resources”, with the committee citing “the intense dishonor her failures brought upon the Nevada Republican Party,” the outlet reported.
The letter reiterates that the state party brought forward four boxes of evidence purporting to show tens of thousands of alleged examples of voter fraud that occurred in the 2020 election.
“The irresponsible messaging of the Nevada Secretary of State, claiming, without investigating, that this election was error free, causing these attacks on our Nevada Republican Party,” the letter reads.
Cegavske, in a statement to the Independent on Sunday, pushed back against the premise of the censure:
“Regrettably, members of my own political party have decided to censure me simply because they are disappointed with the outcome of the 2020 election,” Cegavske said. “My job is to carry out the duties of my office as enacted by the Nevada Legislature, not carry water for the state GOP or put my thumb on the scale of democracy. Unfortunately, members of my own party continue to believe the 2020 general election was wrought with fraud – and that somehow I had a part in it – despite a complete lack of evidence to support that belief.”
“Regardless of the censure vote today by the Nevada Republican Party Central Committee, I will continue in my efforts to oversee secure elections in Nevada and to restore confidence in our elections, confidence which has been destroyed by those falsely claiming the 2020 general election produced widespread fraud,” she added.