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A new report from the Republican National Committee concludes that election laws were changed illegally in key states ahead of the November election under the guise of protecting voters from the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that helped Joe Biden win the presidency.
“The pandemic brought chaos and comprehensive changes to voting processes beginning in the spring primaries and lasting through the post-election process,” said the 23-page report from the RNC’s Committee on Election Integrity, which was set up by party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
“Democrats, including some public officials, used the pandemic as a pretense to achieve long-sought policy goals, such as expanded mail voting and the elimination of key safeguards, specifically for absentee voting, such as witness and ID requirements,” added the report provided to the Washington Examiner.
The efforts were primarily focused on voting processes in principal areas where state voting laws were disregarded, but not on county-by-county claims of vote fraud.
Battered by criticism following the election in which President Donald Trump was defeated and the GOP lost control of the Senate (though the party picked up seats in the House) McDaniel immediately established the new election integrity unit aimed at challenging voting schemes in the future as well as advise states on how to protect their balloting processes.
“The RNC established an election integrity committee to examine how Democrats attack election integrity — and more importantly, to lay out a blueprint for protecting our elections from the far-left,” she told the Examiner.
“Republicans believe in making it easier to vote and harder to cheat, and we’re building a historic election integrity operation to do just that,” she added, praising Chairman Joe Gruters and Co-Chairwoman Ashley MacLeay.
Per the Examiner, here are some of the report’s highlights:
- Democratic leaders leveraged the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to water down election integrity safeguards by ramming through last-minute changes to the election process.
- Many changes were enacted by courts that disregarded long-standing laws, by Democratic governors who abused their emergency powers, and by officials such as secretaries of state who ignored state laws duly passed by their legislatures.
- Some public officials used the pandemic as a pretense to expand mail voting and eliminate key absentee voting safeguards such as witness and ID requirements. Policies such as automatically mailing ballots to all voters and waiving ballot delivery deadlines also led to chaos and decreased confidence in our elections.
The panel also noted that hundreds of millions of private dollars were dumped into the elections process by liberals like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The RNC also said that a “year-round election integrity operation” will be created to include “hiring in-state election integrity directors, monitoring state and county-level election processes to ensure laws are being followed, training thousands of poll watchers to observe all steps in the elections process, and continuing to engage in lawsuits that protect and promote election integrity.”
The panel made several recommendations including:
— Update voter registration rolls.
— Eliminate same-day and automatic voter registration.
— Enact ID requirements for all voting methods.
— Only use voting systems that produce a paper record of a voter’s selections.
— Get rid of all ballot harvesting.
— Prohibit the infusion of third-party or private money into elections.