December 6, 2023

Washington D.C. – Today, all six individuals who allegedly falsely pledged Nevada’s electoral votes in an effort to sabotage elections following the 2020 election were indicted by a Nevada grand jury. Additionally, ten individuals who falsely posed as electors for former President Donald Trump in Wisconsin settled a civil lawsuit, admitting that their actions were part of an effort to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory. In response, All Voting is Local Executive Director Hannah Fried issued the following statement:

“The indictments brought against the alleged fake electors in Nevada, and the settlements reached in Wisconsin, serve as a stark reminder of the vigilance required to safeguard our democracy and the consequences resulting from not doing so. The right to vote and have that vote be counted must be protected and respected. Officials in positions of power over our elections should be trusted stewards and protectors of our democracy, and when they undermine the sanctity of our elections, they should be held accountable for their actions. That includes sitting election officials like Durward James Hindle III, the County Clerk and Treasurer for Storey County, NV, and Robert Spindell, the Wisconsin Election Commissioner, who are named in both cases. We are thrilled with today’s indictments and settlement, and we hope it sets the precedent for continued accountability of fake electors in the other five states.”

Wisconsin Background: The ten fake electors indicted in Wisconsin acknowledged Biden’s win, withdrew their false slate filings that reported Trump had won Wisconsin, and pledged not to serve as presidential electors in 2024 or any other election where Trump is on the ballot. In the settlement, the fake electors agreed to assist the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation into the attempts to subvert the 2020 election results. Notably, this settlement is the first instance of Trump electors retracting their filings in any of the seven battleground states. 

Nevada Background: In December 2020, in an alleged effort to sabotage the 2020 presidential election, six officials, including a party chair, party official, former state attorney general, and Senate candidate, met in Carson City and cast an alternate slate of electors for Trump. Afterward, it was reported that they eventually sent their electoral votes to D.C., hoping that members of Congress would certify their fake slate on January 6, 2021. All six were indicted today.