This story originally appeared in Common dreams on November 7, 2022. It is shared here under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).
Republicans at the national and state levels are engaged in a coordinated legal effort to disqualify thousands of absentee and mailed ballots in key states on the battlefield ahead of Election Day, a massive voter suppression campaign that will – if successful – affect the results of could affect close races.
In states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, right-wing organizations and Republican groups animated by former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” have filed lawsuits to throw ballots on technical grounds, potentially stripping thousands of voters from voting for not having a date on the outermost date. list. envelope of a ballot paper or other minor errors.
In addition, Republicans in Pennsylvania indicted in a failed attempt to prevent provinces from informing voters about technical errors on their ballots.
Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with GOP groups make a statement that in and absent ballot papers without a correct date on the outer envelope cannot be counted. Voting rights organizations are: fight backand Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said in a pronunciation Sunday that “no voter should be denied the right to vote simply because they made a small mistake filling out their ballot.”
“This was not a controversial concept in our country or our commonwealth until recently, with the rise of the Big Lie and attempts to spread misinformation and misinformation in the days leading up to the general election,” Wolf added. “I urge provinces to continue to ensure that every vote counts.”
In Georgia, home to a razor-sharp US Senate race that could rule over control of the upper chamber, right-wing parties have challenged the eligibility of tens of thousands of individual voters, using a GOP-drafted law that allows state residents to apply. . unlimited number of challenges.
Republican groups in several states, including Arizona, Michigan and Nevada, have also lawsuits filed aimed at demanding the nomination of more Republican polling stations.
“They’re looking for every advantage they can get, and they’ve calculated that this is one way to win more seats,” Sylvia Albert, voting and election director for democracy watchdog group Common Cause, said. told The Washington Postwho reported Monday that “the potential for chaos is especially high in Pennsylvania, where the legal battle is underway and could affect or delay the outcome in some of the state’s tightest races.”
Albert further noted that “research has shown that absentee ballots are more likely to be thrown out if they are voted on by young people and people of color, who are generally not seen as the Republican base.”
More than 40 million Votes have been cast so far before Election Day, but Republican candidates and former President Donald Trump have cast unfounded doubts about mail votes and urged their supporters to cast their votes in person on Nov. 8.
“If enough voters are discouraged from voting early,” says the Associated Press recently noted“It could lead to long lines on Election Day and reduce the processing of those late-arrived ballots. Those votes probably wouldn’t be counted until the next day or later.”
Legal battles could further delay the vote counting, meaning it… can take weeks to determine the final election results in each state.
Citing data from Democracy Docket, Bloomberg reported Monday that “more lawsuits have been filed this year than in all of 2020 by Democrats and Republicans challenging everything from who can vote to where the ballots are collected and checked.”
“At least 157 lawsuits have been filed by partisans so far, with more likely to follow after Election Day,” the paper said. “In 2020, there were about 150, including dozens of failed attempts by Republicans to undo President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump.”
While voting rights groups have filed lawsuits to preserve the franchise and extend access to ballotsRepublican legal challenges are designed to do the opposite in the name of “election integrity.”
“This isn’t about stopping fraud,” Clifford Levine, a Pittsburgh-based election attorney for Democrats, told the After. “It’s about discounting ballots. There’s just no question.”