GOP Groups Sue Democrat Gov. Newsom: Vote-by-Mail Order is ‘Brazen Power Grab'
Complaint Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
Democratic Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, is being sued by the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, and California Republican Party for his recent executive order to send issue mail-in ballots to all registered voters.
Newsom, along with the state's Secretary of State Alex Padilla, is being accused of an "illegal power grab" that invites potential fraud.
This move has caused concerns that ballots sent to people who are deceased will be filled out and submitted anyway unless voter rolls are inspected and cleaned.
Democrats are being accused of tempting to use these ballots improperly, to swing races in their favor.
The complaint, filed Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, read:
"In a direct usurpation of the legislature's authority, Governor Newsom issued an executive order purporting to rewrite the entire election code for the November 2020 election cycle."
"This brazen power grab was not authorized by state law and violated both the Elections Clause and Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution."
The lawsuit claimed Newsom's order "has created a recipe for disaster" and "it invites fraud."
Republicans argued that Newsom power over determining where and if in-person voting will take place will lead to "arbitrary and disparate treatment of individual voters," and will violate the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
The complaint notes that mailed ballots could be intercepted by the wrong parties if they are wrongly sent to the incorrect addresses, or if recipients lived in large residential buildings.
Republicans also argue that voters could be susceptible to pressure from others when voting outside of the voting booth.
The complaint sought an injunction against the order's enforcement, deeming it unlawful.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement:
"Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Governor Newsom’s executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections."
"Newsom's illegal power grab is a recipe for disaster that would destroy the confidence Californians deserve to have in the security of their vote."
Newsom admitted last month that the coronavirus outbreak was an “opportunity” to push progressive policies in his state and across the United States.
As Neon Nettle reported over the weekend, Newsom is also being sued by former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Judicial Watch for his mail-in order.
“It is unknown to what degree COVID-19 will pose a threat to public health in November,” mail-in ballots must be sent to everyone — but in-person voting must also be provided.
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Newsom on behalf of Issa.
The suit argues, California’s Voter’s Choice Act of 2016 provides county governments to control the choice about whether to engage in an all-mail system of voting.
Earleir this month, President Donald Trump warned against "very dangerous" mail-in voting.
"Voting by mail is very dangerous because people can grab them; people can take that proxy, sign a name," Trump said.
"They can do all sorts of things, especially harvesting," the president added.