California Gov. Gavin Newsom slammed recall challenger Larry Elder for sowing mistrust about California's recall election when Elder called on his supporters to report election fraud ahead of September 14, Politico reported.
On his campaign site, Elder added a "report election incident" link that leads to StopCAFraud.com, an anonymously registered website apparently created on August 27th that allows people to submit tips about ballot fraud.
"It's just an extension of the Big Lie and 'Stop the Steal,'" Newsom told reporters while voting with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom at the California State Archives in Sacramento on Friday. "We're four days out, the election hasn't even happened, and now they're all claiming election fraud. I think it's important to highlight that."
The Sacramento Bee reported that Elder also threatened a lawsuit to challenge the election results. The election is set for Tuesday.
"We have a voter integrity board all set up - most of these are lawyers," Elder said Wednesday, according to CNN. "So, when people hear things, they contact us. We're going to file lawsuits in a timely fashion."
Newsom told The Bee that "there is a thread within the Republican Party that, if they don't get what they want, they are willing to assault the core tenets of an election in ways that have far-reaching consequences. It's very, very damaging and baseless, absolutely baseless."