‘Proactive’ RNC launches ‘most litigious’ cycle with 73 lawsuits in 20 states to protect election integrity

With the fiasco that was the 2020 presidential election still felt by many as an open wound, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has taken an aggressive new approach to election integrity, launching 73 lawsuits in 20 states ahead of the all-important midterm elections, scoring several important victories in key battleground states.

Addressed in the legal challenges are such issues as the rights of poll watchers to properly monitor the counting of votes to the illegal counting of “mismarked” absentee ballots, Fox News Digital reports.

According to RNC spokesperson Gates McGavick, the lawsuits are the product of a “multimillion-dollar investment into building an election integrity operations infrastructure that draws on its legal, political, data and communications resources.”

Michael Bars, executive director of the Election Transparency Initiative, called the strategy “critical” to “restore voters’ faith in fair and secure elections.”

“After the shortcomings of the last election, a proactive and pre-emptive legal strategy is critical to the election integrity voters deserve in 2022, 2024 and beyond,” he said.

It’s all part of realizing RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s vision of the “most litigious” GOP election cycle, an RNC spokesperson noted.

And the RNC has seen some impressive results in such battleground states as Vermont, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and even New York.

In both Vermont and New York, the RNC challenged voting laws that granted non-U.S. citizens the right to vote.

In a June case that went all the way to the New York State Supreme Court, it succeeded in striking down a law that would have resulted in at least 900,000 non-citizens being added to voter rolls.

Following Pennsylvania’s decision to count undated absentee ballots — a move that violated both state law and a Supreme Court ruling — the RNC launched an October 16 lawsuit.

And in Nevada and Arizona, RNC lawsuits forced the states to produce poll-worker data to ensure both Republicans and Democrats were equally represented.

Poll workers were also the subject of a Michigan lawsuit filed and won last week.

The RNC challenged Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s Democrat secretary of state, “who imposed illegal restrictions on poll challengers, which are people appointed to challenge the eligibility of voters,” according to Fox News Digital.

According to McDaniel, “Jocelyn Benson not only disregarded Michigan election law in issuing this guidance, she also violated the rights of political parties and poll challengers to fully ensure transparency and promote confidence that Michigan elections are run fairly and lawfully.”

While McGavick assured Fox News that “aggressive pre-election litigation efforts in many states have been successful in ensuring the rules of the road are clear ahead of time,” he also acknowledged that, should there be the need, the infrastructure established by the RNC will allow the party to fight any legal battles that may come out of close races.

Said one Twitter user, it’s “nice to finally see the Repubs show some backbone and strength.”

“If you’re not on offense,” the user argued, “you’re on defense. Stay on offense to counter the libs.”

 

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