Idaho Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck announced Thursday the state plans to bill MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for the cost of auditing three counties to disprove allegations of election fraud, the Idaho Statesman reports.
Why it matters: Houck’s remarks come days after the audit concluded, reporting a 0.1% margin of error across the three counties.
Lindell previously alleged that presidential election results across 44 counties were “electronically manipulated” to favor Biden, per the Statesman. The office said that totaling the expenses and sending the bill would take at least another two weeks.
What they’re saying: “Why not try and get Lindell to reimburse the state for having to refute his false claim?” Houck told the Statesman.
“While our team is always looking for possible vulnerabilities, this allegation was patently without merit from the first look,” he added. “It takes hard work to build confidence in a state’s elections system, and careless accusations like this can cause tremendous harm. Doing nothing and saying nothing would have been like conceding its truth.”