RNC Sues California Over Mail-In Ballot Measure

(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Things have finally come to a head in regard to mail-in-ballots.
Republicans groups including the Republican National Committee have sued the state of California to stop its efforts to distribute mail-in-ballots to all voters ahead of the November general election.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced earlier in May that the state would encourage all people to cast ballots by mail to avoid having to do so in-person while the coronavirus pandemic continues. Other states have announced expanded mail-in-ballot measures to combat the spread of the virus, but none have been as wide sweeping as California’s.
The RNC challenged that move by Newsom, and more similar suits are likely to come if other states try to institute similar measures.
In a statement, Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chairwoman, said:
“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. Newsom’s illegal power grab is a recipe for disaster that would destroy the confidence Californians deserve to have in the security of their vote.”
President Donald Trump has often railed against mail-in-ballots for the potential for voter fraud he says they present. In a tweet Sunday morning, Trump wrote:
“The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and ‘force’ people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!”
The RNC lawsuit argues California’s mail-in-ballot plan would lead to fraud because it plans to mail the ballots to inactive voters automatically, which “invites fraud, coercion, theft and otherwise legitimate voting.”
In a statement Sunday night, Newsom’s press secretary, Jesse Melgar, said:
“California will continue to defend Californians’ right to vote, including their right to vote by mail, and the right to hold an election that is safe, secure and accessible. Voters shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their right to vote.”
Earlier in May, when Newsome announced the plan, Alex Padilla, the Secretary of State, said:
“California will not force voters to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote. We are meeting our obligation to provide an accessible, secure and safe election this November. Sending every registered voter a ballot by mail is smart policy and absolutely the right thing to do during this COVID-19 pandemic.”
While it is hard to argue that additional steps will need to be taken this November to protect voters and keep them safe from the spread of coronavirus, the question is what is the best way to do that. The knee-jerk reaction by many is to allow people to vote from home, either by mail-in ballot of even online.
Security experts have warned against the huge security dangers of voting online, and similar concerns abound for archaic mail-in ballots. The key is finding the balance between forcing people to vote a certain way and giving them as much access as possible.