The 2022 Election Litigation Season Has Begun. Welcome To Hell!

ballot box vote votingNow’s the winter of our discontent, as we transition from the pre-election shenanigans into full blown lawfare as Republicans search to forged out as many ballots as potential and forged any Democratic wins as illegitimately tainted by fraud.

The primary aim is supported by a federal judiciary and a Supreme Court docket stacked with Trump/Leonard Leo appointees, plus elected state judges who do their half to toe the occasion line. And the second effort is undergirded by three straight years of soaking the Republican voters with a firehouse of lies about Chinese thermostats, Dominion voting machines, Italian space lasers, 2000 Mules, and rogue algorithms infecting the software program.

Any software glitch or momentary discrepancy on a county’s election web site will probably be instantly weaponized by the identical individuals who ruined two harmless ladies’s lives by pretending that a ginger mint passed from a mom to to her daughter in the course of the tabulation was a thumb drive stuffed with fraudulent ballots. By Thursday, if Democrats don’t get completely worn out, Peter Navarro and the remainder of the loon squad will crank up their abacuses to “show” to us that it’s mathematically unattainable for Democrats to have over-performed within the absentee ballots.

And, because the Washington Post and CNN report, the litigation is already underway, with Republicans submitting fits to disqualify in any other case legitimate ballots as a result of voters failed to finish some trivial administrative element — one among which was most likely imposed within the title of electoral “safety” with the true function of tripping up the unwary voter and permitting her to be disenfranchised.

Final week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court docket agreed with the Republican National Committee that ballots which didn’t have the date written on the outer envelope couldn’t be counted. Irrespective of that the ballots have been obtained lengthy earlier than election day and thus the date of mailing is fully irrelevant. In Wisconsin, a state courtroom has banned election clerks from permitting voters to restore ballots when the witness signature is lacking or faulty. And in Michigan, a state decide simply tossed a go well with filed by the candidate for secretary of state searching for to toss out absentee ballots in closely Democratic Detroit on a wide range of theories regarding the failure to current ID — one thing which isn’t required by legislation.

“Such hurt to the residents of town of Detroit, and by extension the residents of the state of Michigan, isn’t solely unprecedented, it’s insupportable,” Wayne County Circuit Court docket Choose Timothy Kenny wrote. “The concept the Court docket would single out one group within the state to be handled adversely when Plaintiffs have supplied no proof in help of their allegation merely can’t be allowed to happen.”

None of those fits is remotely linked to disqualifying unlawful voters or fraudulent ballots. The one function is to lower the variety of ballots counted as a result of elevated turnout virtually at all times favors Democrats. And whereas it’s solely the preseason, the left-leaning media platform Democracy Docket stories that upwards of 120 instances have been filed already, with the latest entrance being challenges to the partisan make-up of ballot employees. Ought to ballots be tossed out as a result of some precinct in Pittsburgh can’t rustle up an equal variety of Republicans and Democrats to work on election day? You may depend on Republicans to argue it in courtroom — after which to level to it as proof of fraud if and once they lose.

The wheels are effectively and actually off, now, youngsters. However nonetheless … ya gotta vote. What else are you able to do, proper?

Avalanche of early lawsuits could pave way for disputes over Tuesday’s election results [CNN]
Republicans sue to disqualify thousands of mail ballots in swing states [WaPo]

Liz Dye lives in Baltimore the place she writes about legislation and politics.