PA Republicans file lawsuit to allow out-of-county poll watchers
This is why this election must be a landslide. And it should be stain on the Republican Party that while they work to suppress the vote via voter ID, they are buying into the notion of a “rigged election.”
The Pennsylvania Republican Party filed a complaint late Friday night asking a federal court to allow out-of-county poll watchers to monitor voting stations on Election Day.
Filed on behalf of eight Keystone State voters, the suit alleges that state law restricting poll watchers to the county in which they’re registered violates the First Amendment and denies them their right to equal protection under the law.
Donald Trump has raised unfounded fears that the Nov. 8 election will be “rigged” by illegitimate ballots cast by undocumented immigrants, people voting multiple times, and “dead people.” All of them, he claims, will vote for Hillary Clinton.
He has called on his supporters to go “watch” voters in “certain areas” to ensure no fraud is committed, directing them to communities with large black populations like Philadelphia and Chicago.
Elections experts and secretaries of state have condemned his comments as dangerous and untrue, noting that voter fraud is extraordinarily rare. Invalid voter registrations are typically the result of outdated record-keeping rather than willful fraud.
Still, Republican Party of Pennsylvania GOP Communications Director Megan Sweeney told the Morning Call that the state party’s federal suit was simple “a commonsense remedy to ensure the fairest election possible.”