Mapping the Movement: Election Denialists Recruit Veterans and Threaten 2024 Election
Since 2020, the election denial movement has been working to build a grassroots network to infiltrate local democratic institutions. Installing election deniers in positions of influence threatens the accuracy of the 2024 election and democracy in the United States.
The election denial movement’s recruiting efforts center on disinformation that claims pervasive voter fraud has delegitimized the electoral system; their call to action is for “patriotic” citizens to stop it.
The movement specifically recruits veterans to exploit their social capital, legitimacy, and networks. Through these veterans, the movement mainstreams election denialism.