Republicans File Lawsuit in Attempt to Stop Gov. Newsom's Mail-in Ballot Plan

Republicans File Lawsuit in Attempt to Stop Gov. Newsom’s Mail-in Ballot Plan

The Republican Party is taking California Gov. Gavin Newsom to court over plans to send all voters mail-in ballots for the general election.

The Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and California Republican Party filed a lawsuit Sunday against Newsom and Secretary of State Alex Padilla in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

The Republicans allege Newsom’s decision to provide voters with mail-in ballots is unconstitutional and could lead to voter fraud.

In their complaint, the groups called the Democrat governor’s action an illegal “usurpation of the legislature’s authority.”

“This brazen power grab was not authorized by state law and violates both the Elections Clause and Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution,” the complaint states.

The lawsuit challenges a May 8 order that Newsom signed stating that every registered California voter would be sent a mail-in ballot because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

“Elections and the right to vote are foundational to our democracy,” Newsom said in a statement. “No Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote.”

“Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Governor Newsom’s executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement Sunday.

“Expanding vote-by-mail during a pandemic is not a partisan issue – it’s a moral imperative to protect voting rights and public safety. Vote-by-mail has been used safely and effectively in red, blue and purple states for years,” California’s secretary of state said in a tweet in response to RNC lawsuit. “This lawsuit is just another part of Trump’s political smear campaign against voting by mail. We will not let this virus be exploited for voter suppression.”

President Donald Trump, who is opposed to vote-by-mail-measures, tweeted on Sunday that the election will be “rigged” if everyone receives a mail-in ballot.

The RNC lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal challenges that Newsom faces.

Last week, former Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., joined Judicial Watch and two others in a lawsuit similar to the RNC’s against Newsom’s executive order on mail-in ballots.

“We’re on firm legal ground. Vote-by-mail is not novel in the state of California,” Newsom told USA Today.

via newsmax

2 comments

  1. biden will have to answer for ukraine as it should be . he is not innocent just because he says he is let the evidence play out. this should happen now ukraine has said he did do thngs that he should not have done.

  2. People who think mail in votes protect the right to vote are either naive or plain “stupid” (all in caps). Until there is a voter ID assigned to each and every “legal USA citizen” mail in votes are nothing more than the democrats desire to stuff the ballot box. Here is a suggestion for those in favor of voter ID’s. Assign a Federal voter ID number, much like a SSN to each and every legal USA citizen [this can be given at birth at the same time the SSN is assigned]. The voter ID does not become active until the citizen reaches his/her 18th birthday. Online voting, mail in voting, and voting at the polls can be accomplished with little or no effort at with a voter ID and there should be no whining that they person can not make it to the polls to vote. Further a voter can check to see that his / her vote was cast appropriately by checking it on line by logging in to a federally created vote result site. But we all know Democrats want to accountability when it comes to pure Legal USA Citizens voting they just want to continue to stuff ballot box or have a mountain of mail in votes discovered days weeks after another party has won the district, state, etc, vote.

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