The RNC and the Trump campaign are aggressively fighting back against the Democrats’ assault on the integrity of our elections. All across the country, Democrats are trying to use coronavirus and the courts to legalize ballot harvesting, implement a nationwide mail-in ballot system, and eliminate nearly every safeguard in our elections.
Voters are on our side. Nearly two-thirds (62%) say there is fraud in U.S. elections, and that fraud would concern them under Democrats’ nationwide mail-in ballot system. Americans overwhelmingly approve of the safeguards Democrats are suing to eliminate like signature matching (84%), voter identification (80%), and a ballot receipt deadline of election day (83%). Voters also oppose (67%) allowing campaign workers to collect mail-in ballots, a practice known as ballot harvesting.
Americans deserve to have confidence in their elections, and we will not stand idly by while Democrats try to sue their way to victory in November.
CHAIRWOMAN RONNA MCDANIEL, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
Where We’re Fighting
Sending activists to strangers’ homes to collect ballots not only jeopardizes people’s health in this time of social-distancing, but it also threatens the security of ballots.
Democrats want ballots automatically mailed to “inactive” voters, including those who have moved or even passed away. Doing so is unnecessary, costly, and increases the chance for fraud and corrupt ballot harvesting. None of the five states that conduct all-mail elections send ballots to inactive voters. Washington, for example, requires voters to provide some identifying information in the return envelope. Democrats are arguing against these commonsense measures.
Democrats’ plans to upend our elections are unrealistic. States with widespread mail-in voting took years to roll out the process, not mere months. “You can’t just flip a switch and go from real low absentee ballots to 100 percent vote-by-mail,” according to Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. It took Washington 5 years to switch to all mail-in ballots.
A nationwide mail-in ballot system disenfranchises voters by limiting their options, but the vast majority of voters (77%) want the security of the voting booth and the privacy it affords.
Safeguards like signature matching and photo identification must be preserved and enhanced. They secure the principle of one person, one vote, which in turn protects free and fair elections.
Receiving ballots after election day allows losing candidates to “go find” enough late votes to change the outcome. Moreover, any system that allows late-arriving ballots is ripe for weeks of prolonged litigation, which undermines the confidence and legitimacy of the election.
States should maintain primary responsibility for their voting laws. Americans overwhelmingly oppose (67%) Democrats attempt to nationalize our elections through a one-size-fits-all approach. Democrats couldn’t even count votes in Iowa, and now they suddenly believe they can redesign the entire U.S. election system in a matter of a few months.
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Defend Your Ballot
In Arizona, we won a victory when the district court denied plaintiff’s request to rewrite the state’s election law by requiring an extension of the state’s Election Day ballot delivery deadline. In Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee, the Supreme Court granted cert, guaranteeing that ballot harvesting will remain unlawful in Arizona for the 2020 elections.
The 9th Circuit stayed an Arizona district court ruling, maintaining the State’s Election Day deadline to cure ballots missing signatures in Arizona Democratic Party v. Hobbs.
In Mi Familia Vota v. Hobbs, 20-cv-01903 (D. Ariz.), the 9th Circuit refused to extend the State’s registration deadline, which protects the integrity of the voter registration process in Arizona.
In California, the RNC, Trump Campaign, and California Republican Party quickly and effectively challenged an unconstitutional California law targeting Republican voters that would have required President Trump to release his tax returns in order to participate in the state’s primary. Two separate courts noted that the law violated the U.S. Constitution on multiple grounds, exceeded the state’s authority, and also violated the California State Constitution which guarantees voters the right to choose freely from nationally recognized candidates. This stunt by Democrats to deny millions of Californians the ability to vote for President Trump was unconstitutional, desperate, and a real attempt at voter suppression. Also, in response to our litigation, Governor Newsom was forced to admit he exempted campaign operatives from his stay-at-home order and would allow them to engage in ballot harvesting, regardless of risks to public health.
In Colorado, the RNC filed an amicus brief cited by Supreme Court in unanimous holding that a state may enforce an elector’s pledge to support their party’s nominee and cast vote according to State popular vote.
In Florida, the Republican Party defended a longstanding state law that placed President Trump and Republicans at the top of the ballot. Democrats attempted to roll back the law and were dealt a major blow in the courts. We won another huge victory in Nielsen v. DeSantis. A Clinton-appointed judge denied Democrat attorneys’ motion for a preliminary injunction in a radical lawsuit they brought to try to count ballots that arrive after Election Day and prohibit the state’s ban on ballot harvesting. Democrats have since dropped their radical case, scoring another win for Republicans and election integrity.
In Georgia we secured another victory in a ruling by the 11th Circuit Court. New Georgia Project v. Raffensperger the court upheld the state's Election Day receipt deadline, reasoning that federal judges should not second-guess and interfere with a State’s reasonable, nondiscriminatory election rules.
In Iowa, we won at trial court and Iowa State Supreme Court on challenge to Iowa county auditors’ pre-filling in voters’ personal information on absentee applications mailed to county voters and in defending the Secretary of State’s Directive that prohibits this action. Victory protected voter privacy and ensured the integrity of the absentee application process in Iowa.
In another case, LULAC of Iowa v. Pate, the court denied the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary injunction and upheld the legislation prohibiting auditors from filling in incomplete information on absentee ballot request forms.
In Maine, a court denied Democrats’ attempt to block enforcement of the state’s ban on ballot harvesting, citing an interest to prevent voter fraud. The court also upheld the state’s signature verification requirement.
In Minnesota, we intervened to successfully defend against challenge to Minnesota’s ban on ballot harvesting and lawsuit seeking unsolicited mailing of live ballots to all registered voters. Also intervened to successfully defend Minnesota's ballot order statute against challenge by liberal activists, winning at the 8th Circuit.
In Nevada, we won a victory when a discrict court ruled Clark County officials violated the Nevada Open Meetings law when it enacted sweeping changes to the primary election. The Court ordered the county officials to turn over all documents and recordings related to the decision. This victory will have a strong deterrent effect should other officials around the country attempt to make backroom deals with Democrats under the threat of litigation.
In New Hampshire, we defeated a radical lawsuit brought by Marc Elias. The court rejected all “4 Pillars” claims in the Democrat lawsuit, which sought to extend the ballot receipt deadline and lift the state's ban on ballot harvesting.
In New Mexico, the party intervened and successfully defended against a lawsuit trying to force the state to automatically mail ballots to all voters without requiring them to applying for one first.
In Ohio, a district court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction in League of Women Voters of Ohio v. LaRose and upheld the state’s signature verification procedure, an important ballot integrity safeguard. In another case, Ohio Democratic Party v. LaRose, the court ruled that the state is not required to accept absentee ballot applications by email.
We won in Ohio Democratic Party v. LaRose in Franklin County. There, the appellate court ruled that the Secretary of State’s Directive limiting the location of drop boxes to county boards of elections was lawful.
The 6th Circuit stayed a preliminary injunction in a left-wing lawsuit asking the court to micromanage Ohio Secretary of State’s directives on absentee ballot drop boxes, in ARPI v. LaRose.
In Pennsylvania, the RNC, NRCC, and Pennsylvania Republican Party in Disability Rights PA v. Boockvar. Plaintiffs, left-wing groups seeking to re-write Pennsylvania's election laws, asked the court to require Pennsylvania to count ballots delivered after Election Day. The court held that the left-wing Plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate that anyone would actually be harmed by Pennsylvania's existing vote-by-mail laws, which provide voters with 50 days in which to request and return a vote-by-mail or absentee ballot.
The RNC, NRCC, and Pennsylvania Republican Party also successfully defended against a requested injunction in Crossey v. Boockvar. Left-wing plaintiffs represented by Marc Elias and Perkins Coie asked the court to re-write Pennsylvania’s election laws to allow ballot harvesting, require the Commonwealth to count ballots delivered after Election Day, and gut signature match requirements. The court denied that request finding that the Plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed with their claims.
The United States Supreme Court reinstated South Carolina’s witness requirement for mail-in ballots in November’s election, effectively reversing an appeals court decision. This win follows Republicans’ victory in the lower courts in South Carolina, where Democrats lost in their attempts to extend the state’s Election Day delivery deadline and eliminate the state’s ban on ballot harvesting.
In Washington, the RNC filed an amicus brief cited by Supreme Court in unanimous holding that a state may enforce an elector’s pledge to support their party’s nominee and cast vote according to State popular vote.
In Wisconsin, the RNC won a big victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned an unprecedented lower court ruling that would have allowed ballots to be cast after Election Day in the state's April primary. A Federal Court of Appeals reinstated Wisconsin’s Election Day receipt deadline for November, and prevented the return of ballots through email, effectively reversing a lower court decision and striking down Democrat challenges to the state’s process.
The RNC also worked with the Wisconsin Republican Party to obtain a victory for election integrity at the state Supreme Court by thwarting rogue election officials’ illegal guidance regarding identification requirements for absentee voters.
Meet Marc Elias
When Democrats want to tilt elections in their favor outside the ballot box, who do they call? Marc Elias and Perkins Coie.
If you need a refresher, Perkins Coie is the Democratic law firm, paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign, that hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump in 2016. They failed, but still compiled a dossier full of foreign-solicited lies about Trump and Russia, which was leaked by Obama intelligence officials to try to sabotage the new president’s administration, sow doubt in his election victory, and invalidate the votes of 63 million Americans. Not the best track record on “integrity.”
It’s no wonder that Elias is taking the phrase “never let a crisis go to waste” to the heart during the coronavirus. From Wisconsin to Nevada, to California, Marc Elias and the Democrats are continuing to push their liberal agenda disguised as supposed “election reform.” But what they really are doing is watering down important election safeguards and increasing the opportunity for rampant fraud, abuse, and corruption.
THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO RIG THE ELECTION!
The Do Nothing Democrats know they can’t beat us at the ballot box, so they are waging an assault on the integrity of our elections.
We can’t let them get away with this - we must FIGHT BACK!
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