The fight over turning the 2020 election into the biggest expansion of mail-in voting in American history is heating up in California where the Republican National Committee, the California Republican Party, and the National Republican Congressional Committee have joined forces to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom and Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Accusing the Democrats of an “illegal power grab,” the Republican groups say this is an attempt to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to foster widespread voter fraud.
From Fox News:
Newsom’s order, aimed at allowing voters to avoid exposure to coronavirus, will send ballots to all registered voters including inactive voters. This has led to concerns that ballots sent to people who have moved or died will end up being filled out and submitted anyway unless voter rolls are inspected and cleaned out before ballots are mailed. Many Republicans have expressed concern that Democrats could try using these ballots improperly, to swing races in their favor.
“In a direct usurpation of the legislature’s authority, Governor Newsom issued an executive order purporting to rewrite the entire election code for the November 2020 election cycle,” read the complaint, filed Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. “This brazen power grab was not authorized by state law and violates both the Elections Clause and Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution.”
In the lawsuit, the opposing groups note that initiating a massive mail-in voting scheme could result in third-parties getting their hands on thousands of ballots. Indeed, we just saw an example of that this past week when South Carolina ballots wound up in Maryland. Imagine that happening, over and over again, without the adequate controls in place to stop it or catch it in time. Imagine that, combined with nefarious groups and individuals who are actively looking for opportunities to defraud the election. It could turn the election into a criminal free-for-all.
The groups say Newsom “has created a recipe for disaster” by ordering ballots to every registered voter.
“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,” said the RNC’s Ronna McDaniel. “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.”
Whenever there is an attempt to “open up the voting” and dispense with the careful security controls that we have over our sacred election process, there is inevitably a Democrat on the other side of the initiative.
When are Americans going to start wondering why, exactly, that is always the case?