GOP Lawsuits Target Voting Rules in Nearly Half of U.S. States Ahead of 2024 Election

The RNC is filing voting-related lawsuits in nearly half the states, raising concerns about the legitimacy of the 2024 election. Democrats warn this strategy could undermine voter confidence and access.

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GOP Lawsuits Target Voting Rules in Nearly Half of U.S. States Ahead of 2024 Election

GOP Lawsuits Target Voting Rules in Nearly Half of U.S. States Ahead of 2024 Election

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed voting-related lawsuits in nearly half the states, targeting voter rolls, mailed balloting, and poll watcher policies. Democrats say this strategy is designed to raise doubts about the legitimacy of the November 2024 election and potentially delay certification of the results.

The RNC's legal team has been involved in more than 80 lawsuits in 23 states, with plans to recruit and train tens of thousands of poll observers and work with thousands of attorneys to monitor vote counting in battleground states. "This legal maneuvering is one of the organization's main priorities this year," said RNC senior adviser Danielle Alvarez.

Democrats and legal experts have warned that the lawsuits could overwhelm election officials and undermine voter confidence in the election results. The Democratic National Committee is building a robust voter protection operation to counter the GOP's efforts to restrict access to the polls.

Why this matters: The RNC's litigation strategy has become a fixture of the party's political and electoral efforts, with lawsuits targeting voter ID rules, mail ballots, and voter roll maintenance. The outcome of these legal battles could have significant implications for voter access and the perceived legitimacy of the 2024 election results.

The RNC's actions are seen as a continuation of the legal strategy employed after the 2020 election, with the party now making it a priority to engage in election-related litigation year-round. Recent lawsuits have been filed in Michigan and Nevada, with the RNC also involved in cases in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Mississippi.

"The RNC has been actively deploying an army of lawyers to make it harder for Americans' ballots to be counted," said a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee. The RNC claims these lawsuits are necessary to ensure the integrity of the election process, while critics argue they are based on unsubstantiated claims and could lead to the purging of legitimate voters.

Key Takeaways

  • RNC files voting-related lawsuits in nearly half the states, targeting voter rolls, mail ballots, poll watchers.
  • RNC plans to recruit and train tens of thousands of poll observers and work with attorneys to monitor vote counting.
  • Democrats warn lawsuits could overwhelm election officials and undermine voter confidence in election results.
  • RNC's litigation strategy is seen as a continuation of the legal strategy employed after the 2020 election.
  • RNC claims lawsuits are necessary to ensure election integrity, while critics argue they are based on unsubstantiated claims.