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When it comes to undermining elections: If it’s legal, is it okay?

Matthew DePerno tried to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Michigan. He was granted access to voting machines used in the county, allowing a right-wing group to do a “forensic analysis” of the devices. That analysis, alleging intentional fraud, was itself thoroughly debunked in short order. In March 2021, he subpoenaed a number of county clerks in the state, arguing that in Michigan, as elsewhere, there had been an “algorithm used to regulate and shift votes in the 2020 elections” A judge rejected the effort as a ‘fishing expedition,” which is understating how ridiculous the whole thing was. By the end of last year, he had announced his candidacy for state attorney general

Matt DePerno is accused of trying to undermine confidence in the 2020 election results. He's accused of organizing a coordinated plan to gain access to voting tabulators in four counties. Ruben Navarrette: It's not clear whether he'll face any charges related to his alleged presence in those rooms. He says prosecution is more politically dangerous than indictment for conspiracy, but it's important to remember if it was legal, it was okay to try to overturn election results in a gray area where legality is unarticulated, he says. He adds that DeSantis' schedule reflects sentiment within his party that Republicans treat it as disagreement between friends, rather than disqualifying.