RNC files new Georgia lawsuit, demands access for GOP poll watchers during Senate runoffs in January
The Republican National Committee filed a new lawsuit Tuesday in Georgia to ensure that election laws are “properly followed” during the state’s two January 5 runoff elections for the U.S. Senate, specifically demanding access for Republican poll watchers and more restrictions surrounding the use of ballot drop boxes, Fox News reports exclusively.
This comes after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the state’s 2020 presidential election results for a third time on Monday after multiple recounts, confirming President-elect Joe Biden‘s narrow victory in the Peach State. President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election as his team and his supporters continue to launch dozens of lawsuits in multiple states challenging the election results.
The RNC lawsuit requests the enforcement of “two vital facets of the Georgia Election Code governing the rights of duly appointed poll watchers and statutory safeguards attending the use of ballot ‘drop boxes’ as a method of absentee voting.”
During the general election on November 3 and the ensuing recounts in Georgia, the RNC claimed that “the legal right of political party committees to appoint poll watchers to observe the process was abridged in numerous polling and tabulation locations” across the swing state. Republicans have made similar claims about poll watchers in other swing states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“Upon information and belief, the same or substantially similar unlawful practices will resume in connection with the imminent January 5, 2021 runoff election,” the lawsuit alleges.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News, “While we continue to fight multiple cases of election irregularities from the general election, we also must fight to ensure they never happen again.”
“Election laws need to be properly followed so Americans can have confidence in the results,” she added.
Additionally, McDaniel told Fox News that the lawsuit “seeks to force Georgia election officials to simply follow the laws on their books as they pertain to poll watchers and drop boxes.”
“We will never stop fighting to ensure free and fair elections in our country,” McDaniel added.
The filing noted that the state’s election officials are “statutorily required to ensure that county and municipal superintendents and registrars are properly and lawfully instructed on the rights of poll watchers and do not implement policies or procedures that impair their ability to fully and meaningfully observe the election process.”
Furthermore, the lawsuit demands that the state clarify rules set by the Georgia State Election Board to make sure that drop boxes are properly secured and monitored, arguing that laws relating to those drop boxes were not properly followed during the general election, Brooke Singman of Fox News writes.
The RNC also claimed that the State Election Board back in April promoted the “Drop Box Rule,” which authorizes the county registrars to “establish one or more drop box locations as a means for absentee by mail electors to deliver their ballots to the county registrars,” according to Singman’s Fox News report.
“The Drop Box Rule further mandates continuous video recording surveillance of every drop box location,” the lawsuit said, with the RNC also arguing that they are “entitled to access or view video surveillance of drop box locations in real time, or as near real time as practicable.”
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