Most candidates for top election posts say no to hand counts


              FILE - From left, Rachel Hamm, former California Secretary of State candidate, Audrey Trujillo, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State, Kristina Karamo, candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, Mark Finchem, candidate for Arizona Secretary of State and Jim Marchant, candidate for Nevada Secretary of State, attend a conference promoting conspiracy theories about voting machines and discredited claims about the 2020 presidential election at a hotel in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 10, 2022. An AP survey shows the majority of candidates running this year for the state posts that oversee elections oppose the idea of hand counting ballots, a laborious and error-prone process that has gained favor among Republicans who have been inundated with unfounded voting machine conspiracy theories. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol, File)
            
              FILE - In this image from video, Nye County Clerk Mark Kampf, far left, in suit, swears in a group of residents who will hand count early ballots cast in the rural county about halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, Oct. 26, 2022, in Pahrump, Nev. An AP survey shows the majority of candidates running this year for the state posts that oversee elections oppose the idea of hand counting ballots, a laborious and error-prone process that has gained favor among Republicans who have been inundated with unfounded voting machine conspiracy theories. (AP Photo/Gabe Stern, File)
            
              FILE - Esmeralda County Commissioner Ralph Keyes, center, works on a hand recount of votes with others, June 24, 2022, in Goldfield, Nev.  An AP survey shows the majority of candidates running this year for the state posts that oversee elections oppose the idea of hand counting ballots, a laborious and error-prone process that has gained favor among Republicans who have been inundated with unfounded voting machine conspiracy theories.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File)