The Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed a new lawsuit in Pennsylvania seeking more security and transparency in absentee voting procedures.
The RNC has sued Bucks County as part of an effort to improve security and uniformity throughout Pennsylvania regarding counting absentee ballots. Several counties in the state have strongly resisted efforts at reform.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that the lawsuit was filed because “Pennslyvainans deserved transparent elections. She added that current practices of refusing to provide information about how absentee ballots are secured and counted are unacceptable. McDaniel added that the legal action shows that the RNC is working to hold Democrats responsible to citizens around the country, whether minor counties hiding information or New York City allowing non-citizens to vote.
The new case filed in state court in Bucks County seeks to order the county to provide information already requested by the RNC through formal statutory procedures. The RNC asked for documents and data that are public records under the law, and the county has denied the requests.
The RNC is seeking documentation of all communications the county had with the state Bureau of Elections regarding the processing and counting of absentee ballots during the 2020 election. The requests also seek documents regarding the training of poll workers and elections officials and procedures used to reject ballots or allow voters to cure defects.
The lawsuit alleges that the county first sought extensions of the deadline set out in the open records statute to respond to the RNC. Later, the county formally denied the requests altogether. The RNC appealed according to the statute to the state Office of Open Records, which also denied the requests. That denial led to the lawsuit.
RNC officials said several Pennsylvania counties in 2020 used differing processes to process absentee ballots. Some counties allowed voters to cure defective ballots while others did not, and Republicans believe the disparity significantly hurt their chances in several races.
The RNC said that its overall mission is to demand uniformity across the state for transparency in handling absentee ballots. Lawsuits like Bucks County can provide the documentation needed for more comprehensive litigation regarding statewide processes.
Republicans will do well to campaign during this year’s midterm election season on election security issues, especially in the “purple” states where relatively small numbers of votes can swing an election to a Democratic candidate.