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Nevada GOP censures Republican state official over allegations of 2020 voter fraud

"Regrettably, members of my own political party have decided to censure me simply because they are disappointed with the outcome of the 2020 election," Barbara Cegavske said.

Updated: April 11, 2021 - 6:21pm

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The Nevada Republican Party Central Committee on Saturday moved to censure Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske following allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election. The vote was 126-112, according to The Nevada Independent.

Cegavske’s office previously has said that the state has received no evidence of “wide-spread” fraud in the 2020 election.

"During its meeting this weekend, the Nevada Republican Party had a healthy debate regarding November’s election and the role of our Secretary of State," Nevada GOP Executive Director Jessica Hanson said in a statement, according to the outlet.

"While the vote to censure Secretary Cegavske passed narrowly, what unites all Nevada Republicans is their commitment to ensure the Silver State has the safest and fairest elections in the country and the Nevada Republican Party will work day and night to turn this state into the model for election integrity," she said. "The Nevada Republican Party holds our elected officials to a high standard. As such, today the party sent a clear message that our officials must work for the people and we demand that our representatives at all levels of government uphold their Oath of Office."

Cegavske countered on Sunday morning with a statement.

"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."

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