Johnson County GOP and others defend local election system as sheriff conducts investigation

Johnson County voting

The Johnson County Republican Party on Tuesday issued a statement refuting claims of alleged irregularities in the 2020 and 2021 election cycles and contradicting claims made by Sheriff Calvin Hayden that an increase in Democratic voter registration in recent years was suspicious. File image.

Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden’s announcement that he has tasked a cybersecurity specialist from his office to check into citizen claims of election irregularities drew swift responses from both sides of the political aisle Tuesday, including from the Johnson County Republican Party.

In a statement Tuesday, the county GOP distanced itself from Hayden’s recent remarks about the election process and expressed trust that the county election office ran secure and fair elections in 2020 and 2021.