Why Republicans Are Now Getting Heavy on Election Integrity Issues

Why Republicans haven’t fought the electoral integrity battle more effectively earlier is a little baffling. The 2020 race was the first presidential election in which the Republican National Committee could play any role in Election Day proceedings since Ronald Reagan’s first successful run in 1980. For nearly 40 years, the Democratic National Committee enjoyed a massive procedural advantage over its Republican counterpart: the RNC was prohibited by law from assisting in vote-observation efforts or almost any vote-related litigation.

Democrats accused Republicans of voter intimidation in the 1981 New Jersey gubernatorial election. The case was settled, and both sides entered into a court-ordered consent decree limiting Republican participation in any vote-observation campaign. But Dickinson DeBevoise, the Jimmy Carter-appointed judge who oversaw the deal, never let them go beyond it, repeatedly revising and strengthening it at the request of Democrats.

Debevoise has only been a judge for 15 years, but he has been on the senior bench for 21 years, a form of semi-retirement that enables judges to serve in a limited capacity. Debevoise literally died in 2015 for Republicans to get out of the consent decree. After his death, a new judge appointed by President Obama was assigned to the case and the deal was allowed to expire at the end of 2018.

This is from Molly Hemingway, “If the Republicans win on Tuesday, thanks to the Electoral Integrity Movement,” FederalistNovember 4, 2022.

I consider myself someone who pays a lot of attention to US political issues, but I had no idea that the Republican National Committee has been barred from engaging in polling for nearly 40 years. This is a huge disadvantage.

Another quote:

The RNC has been involved in 73 election integrity cases in 20 states for the midterms, with plans to expand. They won a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to limit the rights of poll challengers; Maricopa County, Arizona, got poll workers to share key information about partisan breakdowns; won a Open record cases against Mercer County, New Jersey, for refusing to share election administration information; won a lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections to limit poll watchers’ rights; and reached a favorable settlement against Clark County, Nevada, in which the county agreed to share information about its bias breakdown with poll workers on a rolling basis.

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