John Hult at South Dakota Searchlight has an article which came out today noting Secretary of State Monae Johnson is urging South Dakotans to trust election officials. After an election where she might not have exactly walked that walk herself.
The South Dakota brochure is tied to an educational push from the National Association of Secretaries of State dubbed #TrustedInfo2024. The national website says the campaign is meant to bolster the importance of state-level election officials as “trusted sources of election information during the 2024 election cycle and beyond.”
Johnson’s news release includes a nod to her role as that information source in South Dakota.
“My number one job as Chief Election Officer is to ensure that we conduct fair and accurate elections for the citizens of South Dakota,” the release says. “Our office will continue to focus our resources on the protection of our election systems and overall election security.”
In South Dakota, Johnson’s rise to the state’s top election post was fueled in part by promises to protect elections. Her campaign materials leaned into election integrity language, citing opposition to voter fraud, online voting and online voter registration, and she refused to affirm the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election when questioned by reporters.
It’s good to see that Secretary of State Johnson might be coming around to the realization that South Dakota isn’t exactly a hotbed of election fraud.
Now if she can only convince the people who literally ran her campaign & put her in office.