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RNC Co-Chair Lara Trump Announces New Election Integrity Lawsuit In Battleground State

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Republican National Committee co-chair Lara Trump said on Sunday that the organization had filed yet another lawsuit in a battleground state to shore up election integrity after winning a huge decision in another key state last month.

In an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Trump said the RNC filed a suit against Nevada to prevent officials there from counting mail-in ballots past election day.

“What are you doing with regards to suing Nevada right now?” Bartiromo asked.

“You cannot have ballots counted, Maria, after elections are over. And, right now, that is one of the many lawsuits we have out across this country to ensure that just that happens, that we have a free, fair, and transparent election,” Trump began. “So, in Nevada, as you pointed out, we are saying we want, on Election Day, that to be the last day that mail-in ballots can be counted.

“And we have been very successful in a lot of lawsuits. A couple of weeks ago, we won a big lawsuit in the state of Pennsylvania,” she continued. “They wanted to take off dates from mail-in ballots, of course, the Democrats, in an effort to make it easier to cheat. We pushed back on that. We won. And that set a precedent for the entire country.

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“So whether it’s Nevada, whether it’s Pennsylvania, or whether it’s in New York City, where we actually just had a big win, they were trying to encourage 800,000 noncitizens to vote. We had a bipartisan effort led by the RNC. We won there. They are not going to be able to do that,” Trump added.

“And we are doing those things all across the country because we can’t be reactive. We have to be proactive. We have to look at this well ahead of Election Day and the election season that we now have in this country. We’re doing everything from the RNC to ensure that that happens,” she said.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled last week in a major voting case that will affect Pennsylvania’s procedures for processing absentee ballots. By a resounding 9 to 4 vote, the court rejected an en banc review of a previous ruling that maintained the validity of the date requirement for absentee voting.

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The decision upholds the rejection of absentee ballots submitted after the deadline, which is a significant win for supporters of strict election laws.

“Pennsylvania, like all other states, has devised a web of rules that qualified voters must follow to cast a ballot that will be counted. Mail-in and absentee voters, for their part, must sign and date the declaration printed on the return envelope containing their mail ballot,” Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Ambro wrote.

“The date requirement, it turns out, serves little apparent purpose. It is not used to confirm the timely receipt of the ballot or to determine when the voter completed it. But the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that dating the envelope is mandatory, and undated or misdated ballots are invalid under its state law and must be set aside,” Ambro added.

“The provision does not apply to rules, like the date requirement, that govern how a qualified voter must cast his ballot for it to be counted,” the court wrote. “Accordingly, we reverse the District Court’s decision and remand for further consideration of the pending equal protection claim.”

In short, the ruling means that absentee and mail-in ballots missing a signature and date will not be counted.

Meanwhile, Lara Trump said during an interview late last month that her organization has been ramping up in preparation for the coming election cycle to heavily monitor key polling centers, beginning with early voting in many parts of the country and remaining vigilant up to and through the November election.

She told Newsmax TV host Eric Bolling that the RNC has 100,000 poll workers prepared to “count how many ballots come in and how many ballots come out of every single polling location.” And she said the organization was prepared to take on, legally, anyone believed to be “cheating.”

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