RNC launched 73 election lawsuits in 20 states: ‘most contentious’ election cycle
The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed 73 lawsuits over election integrity issues in 20 states during the 2022 midterm election cycle, an increase from 2020 that has already secured GOP victories in the states. from the battlefield this year.
The scope of the legal challenges ranges from the rights of poll watchers to observe the counting of votes to the illegal counting of improperly marked absentee ballots.
This aggressive legal approach is an effort to fulfill RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel’s vision of making this round the « most contentious » in the RNC, according to an RNC spokesperson. The strategy includes offensive lawsuits, such as suing Democratic secretaries of state and challenging Democratic-friendly election laws, and defensive actions that include intervening in lawsuits brought by the Biden administration in Republican states.
The strategy comes two years after a cycle that left some Republicans wanting a bigger push to curb state election activity and a presidential election result that prompted former President Trump to file dozens of lawsuits. A GOP group hailed the move to take aggressive legal action to ensure that states are not allowed to extend their election rules beyond what is provided by state law.
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« After the shortcomings of the last election, a proactive and preventative legal strategy is essential to the electoral integrity that voters deserve in 2022, 2024 and beyond, » said Michael Bars, executive director of the Election Transparency Initiative, at Fox News Digital. He added that « significant progress » has been made over the past two years to « restore voter confidence in fair and secure elections ».
The lawsuits are the result of a « multi-million dollar investment in building an electoral integrity operations infrastructure that leverages its legal, policy, data and communications resources, » according to the gatekeeper. -RNC spokesperson Gates McGavick.
In Vermont and New York, for example, the RNC has sued to strike down election laws that would allow non-US citizens to vote. In June, he successfully argued in the New York State Supreme Court to strike down a law that would have added at least 900,000 noncitizens to voter rolls.
On Oct. 16, the RNC filed a lawsuit after Pennsylvania’s decision to dodge state law and a Supreme Court ruling saying it would count undated mail-in ballots.
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Also this month, the RNC won two legal challenges in a bid to ensure poll workers represent both political parties equally, forcing Nevada and Arizona to produce data on poll workers.
And just last week, the RNC won a legal challenge against Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State, who imposed illegal restrictions on ballot candidates, who are appointees to challenge the eligibility of voters.
« Jocelyn Benson not only ignored Michigan election law by issuing these guidelines, but also violated the rights of political parties and ballot candidates to fully ensure transparency and promote confidence that Michigan’s elections take place in a fair and legal manner, » McDaniel said in a statement.
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As November’s midterm elections approach, McGavick told Fox News Digital that the infrastructure in place also puts the party in a position to fight legal battles that may arise from close races. But he said « the RNC’s aggressive pre-election litigation efforts in many states have been successful in ensuring the rules of the road are clear in advance. »