Influenced and emboldened by supporters of the Trump/Pence administration, state legislators have been seeking ways to either overturn the 2020 presidential election results or create state mechanisms to overturn future election results. As such, thirteen state legislatures passed laws in 2021 to shift election authority to more partisan actors, criminalize local election officials for doing their job, interfere with local election boards of their choosing, or shift emergency powers from the governor to themselves if the results are not to their liking.
For example, Florida and Arizona passed legislation that transfers certification duties from the secretary of state to the attorney general if there are legal challenges to the election results. Kansas and Texas passed legislation rescinding the authority of the secretary of state and local authorities to adjust the mail-in ballot dates or drop-off locations to make voting easier. Legislators in Georgia, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have filed legislation to audit the 2020 elections. In Wisconsin, Republican members of the State Assembly are using public funds to force public officials to sit for closed door meetings or face criminal penalties, all in the effort to negate the 2020 election.