Republicans sue to block California from voting by mail in November

Carla Harmon
May 26, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom has been sued by the Republican National Committee and two other party organizations for his executive order calling for every registered voter in the state to receive a mail-in ballot for the November election.

The RNC's lawsuit challenges that step, marking a significant escalation in the legal battles between Republicans and Democrats that are now being waged in more than a dozen states.

In a statement, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel suggested the order was another way Democrats are using the pandemic as a ploy to implement their own partisan agenda.

'Newsom's illegal power grab is a recipe for disaster that would destroy the confidence Californians deserve to have in the security of their vote'.

The president's concerns appear to be shared by the Republican Party who are now suing California's Democratic state Governor Gavin Newsom.

The lawsuit accuses Newsom of a "brazen power grab" that would "violate eligible citizens' right to vote". It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history.

Newsom ended up signing the order to provide mail-in ballots over concern surrounding the coronavirus and the risk associated with large public gatherings as would be the case on polling day, come November. So-called conservatives that may also be known as right-wing pigs by much of the voter population in the US, that are having their voting rights suppressed by the brutal tactics of the Trump regime, and the neo-Nazi supporting GOP.

Judicial Watch, a conservative foundation "promoting transparency, accountability, & integrity in government" and an activist group that primarily targets Democrats has filed a similar complaint on behalf of Rep. Darrell Issa. It also claimed Issa's campaign costs would increase and it would force him to "reevaluate his electoral strategy", Politico and Courthouse News reported. The governor said the move would ensure the safety of Californians who may not be able to vote in-person due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"Ballot harvesting gives third parties who may be completely unknown to both the voter and election officials the opportunity to potentially tamper with absentee ballots", by pressuring them into giving them blank ballots, casting their votes a certain way, or "when a voter has voted for the "wrong" candidate, the harvester may surreptitiously change the vote, include additional votes to void the ballot, or simply dispose of the ballot rather than returning it", according to the suit.

Newsom clarified in a press conference that the executive order does not replace in-person voting.

Padilla said the lawsuit is "just another part of Trump's political smear campaign" against voting by mail.

Newsom issued the order on May 8, making California the first state in the nation to temporarily shift to all-mail voting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early this month, Newsom, a Democrat, issued the executive order, stating "no Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote". Vote-by-mail has been used safely and effectively in red, blue, and purple states for years.

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