GOP Has A Plan For That: How To Steal More Elections

H/T Scissorhead Skinny-D

As some wit famously said of Nixon, he was so crooked he needed a cork screw to put on his trousers. The GOP has taken that lesson to heart:

The plan, as outlined by a Republican National Committee staffer in Michigan, includes utilizing rules designed to provide political balance among poll workers to install party-trained volunteers prepared to challenge voters at Democratic-majority polling places, developing a website to connect those workers to local lawyers and establishing a network of party-friendly district attorneys who could intervene to block vote counts at certain precincts. “Being a poll worker, you just have so many more rights and things you can do to stop something than [as] a poll challenger,” said Matthew Seifried, the RNC’s election integrity director for Michigan, stressing the importance of obtaining official designations as poll workers in a meeting with GOP activists in Wayne County last Nov. 6. It is one of a series of recordings of GOP meetings between summer of 2021 and May of this year obtained by POLITICO.

Backing up those front-line workers, “it’s going to be an army,” Seifried promised at an Oct. 5 training session. “We’re going to have more lawyers than we’ve ever recruited, because let’s be honest, that’s where it’s going to be fought, right?” Seifried also said the RNC will hold “workshops” and equip poll workers with a hotline and website developed by Zendesk, a software support company used by online retailers, which will allow them to live-chat with party attorneys on Election Day. In a May 2022 training session, he said he’d achieved a goal set last winter: More than 5,600 individuals had signed up to be poll workers and, several days ago, he submitted an initial list of more than 850 names to the Detroit clerk.

That’s not a plan to contest elections, that’s a plan to prevent elections.

Here’s the crystalline summation of the plan and why we should be worried:

“This is completely unprecedented in the history of American elections that a political party would be working at this granular level to put a network together,” said Nick Penniman, founder and CEO of Issue One, an election watchdog group. “It looks like now the Trump forces are going directly after the legal system itself and that should concern everyone.”

Our pals over at Electoral-Vote have devoted a segment of their morning email thingie to this story:

Friendly poll workers and friendly lawyers who can advise them on the phone are only front line. The next level is the Amistad Project, a self-described election “integrity” group that has worked with Rudy Giuliani in the past. Their focus is recruiting friendly local district attorneys who can intervene on Election Day. A D.A. could threaten an election supervisor with prison for doing something the D.A. didn’t like, even though it might be legal. The threat alone could dissuade the election supervisor from doing it even if the supervisor knew the election law better than the D.A. One area that is certain to be targeted is making sure that plenty of Republican-friendly poll workers are chosen, even in areas with hardly any Republican voters. State law often requires some kind of balance between the parties and the D.A. might have a different idea of what this means in a heavily Democratic area than the local election supervisor.

Nick Penniman, CEO of the election watchdog group Issue One, is concerned that partisan poll workers could simply initiate a legal conflict at the polling place that might cause a friendly judge to later invalidate all the votes from that precinct. Penniman is worried that if there is enough confusion at enough precincts, the state legislature might decide to just ignore the election results as tainted and appoint its own slate of electors that a friendly Congress might just accept. As it often is, we have asymmetric warfare here. The DNC also helps recruit poll workers, but it doesn’t have an elaborate training program that helps them prevent people from voting in heavily Republican areas.

As Joseph Stalin once said: “It’s not who votes that count. It’s who counts the votes.”

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7 Responses to GOP Has A Plan For That: How To Steal More Elections

  1. Robert Mcneilly says:

    Unlike NY and Tammany hall . Or Chicago.
    Not saying it’s right.

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  2. roket says:

    If they are successful in banning absentee voting we’re screwed. In the dark.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. annieasksyou says:

    Scary as hell. I work hard at remaining optimistic, but man–this one, though not surprising, is a kick in the gut. Guess we all have to become Election Marshals.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Stony Pillow says:

    “Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning.” –Hunter S. Thompson

    Liked by 2 people

  5. w3ski4me says:

    Damn, the threats to Democracy just keep on coming. So sure of their inability to impress the voters, they plan to subvert the vote itself? They are a criminal enterprise and nothing more.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Abu Scooter says:

    At this point, it would behoove the Forces of Good (read: us) to stop flattering the GOP by calling it a political party. “Criminal enterprise” is better, but contains one ten-dollar word too many. We need to start calling the Republican Party exactly what is, in three easy words.

    Repeat after me: The GOP is now the Axis of Gangs.

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  7. Reblogged this on Scottie's Playtime and commented:

    This is something that more people need to be aware of, as far too many people are too busy right now to understand how badly their right to vote is being eroded and flat out stolen away. The second part of this is to make votes not in Republicans favor simply no longer count, to make them invalid. Republicans have endorsed the idea that they alone have the right to be in elected office, they have the right to rule. No Democrat win in an election is valid as Democrats do not have the right to hold office. This is the Republicans openly saying they reject democracy and the voice of the people in favor of a one party rule such as China has. Instead of the Republicans listening to the will of the people the Republicans in office will force the people to do / live as the office holder demands they do. Hugs

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