Republican voters in Nevada on Tuesday chose Jim Marchant, a former state legislator who continues to baselessly deny the 2020 presidential election was legitimate, as the party\u0026#039;s nominee for Nevada\u0026#039;s top election official.\r\n\r\nMarchant has said he ran for secretary of state at the urging of Juan O. Savin, a QAnon influencer, and that if he had been in office in 2020 he would have refused to certify the presidential election results.\r\n\r\n\u0022Marchant doesn\u0026#039;t want to institute substantive improvements so much as he wants to make it harder for Nevadans to vote and harder for people like him to lose.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs a candidate, Marchant is pushing for a shift to hand-counting election ballots and decertifying voting machines that were used in 2020. Election experts warn hand-counting votes would open up the tallying process to far more errors. Marchant has also called for the elimination of voting-by-mail and early voting.\r\n\r\nAhead of the primary election, a column in The Nevada Independent called on voters to reject the \u0022conspiracy theorist\u0022 running for one of the state\u0026#039;s most powerful positions.\r\n\r\n\u0022Marchant doesn\u0026#039;t want to institute substantive improvements so much as he wants to make it harder for Nevadans to vote and harder for people like him to lose,\u0022 wrote Hyla Winters, a former Republican. \u0022There\u0026#039;s a word for this: rigging.\u0022\r\n\r\nMarchant also ran for Congress in 2020 and, like former President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s, claimed that his loss was fraudulent. He eventually lost a lawsuit challenging the election, which he lost by 16,000 votes.\r\n\r\nIn a debate during the primary, Marchant told the audience that the state\u0026#039;s and country\u0026#039;s entire election systems are illegitimate, asserting, \u0022Your vote hasn\u0026#039;t counted for decades. You haven\u0026#039;t elected anybody.\u0022\r\n\r\nMarchant is the fourth so-called \u0022America First\u0022 candidate to win a Republican primary; the slate of candidates includes supporters of QAnon and people who deny that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.\r\n\r\n\u0022Election deniers are on the verge of winning offices that run elections,\u0022 tweeted New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo.