RNC Co-Chair Lara Trump Makes Monumental Election Announcement

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In an interview earlier this week, Lara Trump, the co-chair of the Republican National Committee, stated that her organization has been intensifying its efforts to closely monitor important polling places in anticipation of the upcoming election cycle. This includes starting early voting in many areas of the nation and continuing to be watchful all the way up to and through the November election.

“We all know 2020 wasn’t on the up and up,” said the former president’s daughter-in-law on Tuesday during an interview with Newsmax TV anchor Eric Bolling. She did not say exactly what she meant, but reports before the 2020 election suggested that certain polling places had issues, including when workers broke windows at a Detroit location.

Courts, however, determined that none of the numerous claims and legal challenges made after the 2020 election were legitimate.

Lara Trump, in any case, was talking about making sure the Republican National Committee (RNC) had adequate poll observers and lawyers on hand in case something went wrong, just like the DNC did. She further informed Bolling that the RNC was engaged in similar activities in numerous instances across the nation and had recently prevailed in a significant election integrity dispute in Pennsylvania.

She said to Bolling, for example, that the RNC is ready with 100,000 poll workers to “count the number of ballots that come in and the number of ballots that come out of every single polling location.” She added that the group was ready to prosecute anyone it thought to be “cheating.”

“We need to make clear: if we catch you cheating — and we’re looking for you out there to cheat — we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law,” she added. “We need to ensure that people understand the severity of this, and they are not even tempted by the other side to do something nefarious.”

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This month, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a ruling that has the potential to profoundly impact the results of elections in Pennsylvania, a crucial swing state, and other battleground states. This decision is a huge victory for Republicans who have been pushing for voter integrity measures.

In the case of signature verification for mail-in voting in the “crucial” state, the court reversed a federal district court’s decision and found in favor of the Republican National Committee.

The dispute concerned whether mail-in ballots bearing an erroneous date or no date at all under the voter’s signature should be tallied, according to NPR.

Democrats claimed that the votes ought to be tallied because the Materiality Provision—described in Section (a)(2)(B) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—should be in effect.

If a “error or omission” on documentation “related to any application, registration, or other act requisite to voting” is “not material in determining whether [an] individual is qualified” to vote, the Materiality Provision forbids denial of the right to vote.

The Materiality Provision “only prohibits immaterial requirements affecting the qualification and registration of a voter,” not other, more specific requirements for casting a ballot, according to the RNC, which in response claimed that enforcing the date requirement on ballots “does not impinge on the right to vote,” as reported by The Daily Wire.

Democrats appointed all three of the judges on the appeals court; two of them concurred with Republicans, writing in part:

States have separate bodies of rules for separate stages of the voting process. One stage, voter qualification, deals with who votes. To register and thus be authorized to vote, applicants must follow prescribed steps and meet certain requirements. It’s like obtaining a license to drive. Another stage deals with how ballots are cast by those previously authorized to vote, which is governed by a different set of rules. To cast a ballot that is valid and will be counted, all qualified voters must abide by certain requirements, just like those authorized to drive must obey the State’s traffic laws like everyone else.

The Materiality Provision is an important federal overlay on state election requirements during the “who” stage: voter qualification. It prohibits States from denying an applicant the right to vote based on an error or omission in paperwork involving his application if that mistake is immaterial in determining whether he is qualified to vote. That is, it is triggered when conduct or laws restrict who may vote. But it leaves it to the States to decide how qualified voters must cast a valid ballot. Pennsylvania has made one such rule—the date requirement—mandatory. The federal Materiality Provision, in our view, does not interfere.

 

 

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