Red flags go up when DOJ announces poll watching fortification across 24 specified states

The “freest and fairest” narrative never truly passed the sniff test and now as the Department of Justice is being scrutinized for partisanship, they’ve announced a poll-watching plan that reeks of a banana republic.

One might think that after progressives spent two years promoting the idea that the 2020 presidential election was the pinnacle in conducting a vote that nothing different would need to occur for the 2022 midterm. Yet, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department announced Monday that representatives from the federal government would be dispatched to jurisdictions across the country, and they just so happened to be pivotal to the Democratic Party.

“Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” the DOJ release read, “the Civil Rights Division has regularly monitored elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country to protect the rights of voters.”

The Federalist’s CEO Sean Davis viewed the announcement with far less altruism when he wrote, “Biden’s corrupt Department of Justice just released the list of cities and counties in which it is going to try and rig elections for Democrats.”

His post included the 64 jurisdictions across 24 states specified as: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Notable counties from the list that surely were on the up and up in previous elections included: Maricopa County, AZ; Palm Beach County, FL; Philadelphia Country, PA; and the City of Milwaukee, WI.

“On Election Day, Civil Rights Division personnel will be available all day to receive complaints from the public related to possible violations of the federal voting rights law by a complaint form on the department’s website…or by telephone,” the release stated and added, “Monitors will include personnel from the Civil Rights Division and from U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. In addition, the division also deploys monitors from the Office of Personnel Management, where authorized by federal court order. Division personnel will also maintain contact with state and local election officials.”

Further highlighting that the move was not at all a partisan form of intimidation that could possibly lead to questionable outcomes was the celebration of the announcement from Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who tweeted “I get asked a lot what is new in 2022 that we didn’t have in 2020. This is one of the most significant additions: real support for protecting voters from the US DOJ. Grateful for their partnership in ensuring voters have confidence that they will be safe and their votes counted.”

As the list circulated, reactions noted the commonality of the jurisdictions with one individual pointing out, “In PA these are Democrat strongholds where its EXTREMELY CLOSE, so close they’re in danger of losing their normal shenanigans… sending in some extra ‘fortifications’ that in the least are there to intimidate & potentially arrest anyone willing to submit a sworn affidavit.”

However, not all state election officials were welcoming to the announcement as Cole County, Mo., clerk Steve Korsmeyer, a Republican, said he wouldn’t allow the Justice Department in if they show up at his polls according to Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.

Ashcroft shared an email with the Associated Press from Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Thomas that read in part, “Rest assured that we understand that you will be administering the election and we will try to minimize the time we spend at each site.”

Korsmeyer wasn’t satisfied with this and told the AP, “The DOJ won’t be allowed into our polling locations,” as he cited a state statute providing him the final say so.

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