Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak joined Democratic governors in 10 states who condemned threats against the integrity of the upcoming presidential election in a joint statement Wednesday, vowing that “democracy will be delivered” in the Nov. 3 election.
The statement came a day after the first presidential debate in Cleveland, where Republican President Donald Trump claimed there will be “fraud like you’ve never seen” urging his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully.”
“There is absolutely no excuse for promoting the intimidation or harassment of voters,” the Democratic governors’ statement said.
“Today, we affirm that all votes cast in the upcoming election will be counted and that democracy will be delivered in this election,” reads the statement. “That means all valid ballots cast in accordance with state and local laws must be counted, and that all states must properly appoint electors in accordance with the vote. We will not allow anyone to willfully corrupt the democratic process by delegitimizing the outcome or appointing fraudulent electors against the will of the voters.”
Democratic Govs. Jay Inslee of Washington, Kate Brown of Oregon, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gavin Newsom of California, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tim Walz of Minnesota, Ralph Northam of Virgina, John Carney of Delaware, and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico joined in the statement.
The governors described the statement as a response to “recent threats to the democratic process and reports of efforts to circumvent the election results.”
While the statement did not mention Trump by name, the president has repeatedly attacked mail-in voting in several states including Nevada, which he sued over its law to send absentee ballots to all active voters for the general election. That suit was dismissed by a federal judge as “speculative.”
During Tuesday’s debate, Fox News moderator Chris Wallace asked former Vice President Joe Biden and Trump to pledge not to declare victory in the upcoming election until the results are independently certified, citing potential delays in ballot counting due to a potential massive surge in absentee voting.
“I hope it’s going to be a fair election. If it’s a fair election, I am 100 percent on board,” said Trump. “But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can’t go along with that.”
Biden responded that Trump’s claims were an attempt to try and manipulate people into doubting the legitimacy of the results.
“Our nation has held presidential elections and upheld the results throughout our history, even in times of great peril,” reads the governor’s statement. “We did it during the Civil War and both World Wars, and we can do it during a pandemic.
“And if the outcome of this election means the end of a presidency, he must leave office — period.”