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Democratic Governors Veto GOP Election Integrity Bills As RNC and Trump Ramp Up Poll Monitoring

by Richard A Reagan

Democratic governors in key states have vetoed several GOP-led bills aimed at tightening election procedures. [Source]

These vetoes come amid allegations, investigations, and actual convictions of election fraud. 

This contentious atmosphere sets the stage for an aggressive initiative by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and former President Donald Trump to deploy over 100,000 volunteers to monitor polls in upcoming elections.

In recent months, governors from Arizona, North Carolina, and Wisconsin have rejected bills passed by Republican-majority legislatures, sparking a significant debate on the balance between securing elections and ensuring voter accessibility.

For instance, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs vetoed legislation including House Bill 2612, which was introduced after a local councilwoman in San Luis was convicted of ballot abuse. Despite her guilty plea and the subsequent probation and fine, Hobbs described the bill as “unnecessary.”

The vetoed bill aimed to prohibit individuals convicted of ballot abuse from holding elected office, a move that proponents argued was essential to maintaining the sanctity of electoral processes. “This bill is unnecessary,” Governor Hobbs stated.

Similarly, in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers vetoed two bills that would have imposed stricter rules on absentee voting in nursing homes, citing concerns over disenfranchisement and potential voter intimidation. “I cannot support legislation that could enable voter intimidation and interference,” Evers wrote.

In contrast to these Democratic vetoes, the Republican party, spearheaded by Trump and the RNC, is ramping up efforts to ensure what they describe as “election integrity.

Announcing a massive deployment of volunteers, Trump stressed the significance of having trustworthy individuals oversee the electoral process. “Having the right people to count the ballots is just as important as turning out voters on Election Day,” Trump stated in a press release.

Lara Trump, RNC chairwoman, echoed this sentiment, outlining the comprehensive scale of the initiative: “Every ballot. Every precinct. Every processing center. Every county. Every battleground state. We will be there.”

The project plans to position attorneys and trained volunteers across key polling and counting locations to monitor the proceedings and report any discrepancies.

This initiative follows pervasive claims by Trump and his allies regarding alleged irregularities in the 2020 elections, claims that have fueled legislative action across various states.

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