Republicans Sue to Stop Newsom’s ‘Brazen Power Grab’ Over California Elections
Republicans Sue to Stop Newsom’s ‘Brazen Power Grab’ Over California Elections BY TYLER O’NEIL for PJ Media
On Sunday, the Republican National Committee (RNC), the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and the California Republican Party sued Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) for using the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic as an excuse for a “brazen power grab” over the state’s election system. While this seems merely political — Republicans suing a Democrat — the lawsuit makes a strong case.
Newsom’s executive order would enable fraud and abuse. Furthermore, it came at a time when the state was already in the process of lifting lockdowns and reopening the economy, suggesting that this move is political rather than a necessary response to the pandemic.
“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. This brazen power grab was not authorized by state law and violates both the Elections Clause and Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Governor’s Order is invalid and must be enjoined,” the lawsuit states.
“Moreover, in his haste, the Governor created a system that will violate eligible citizens’ right to vote. By ordering that vote-by-mail ballots be automatically sent to every registered voter—including inactive voters, voters with invalid registrations, voters who have moved, voters who have died, and voters who don’t want a ballot—he has created a recipe for disaster. No State that regularly conducts statewide all-mail elections automatically mails ballots to inactive voters because it invites fraud, coercion, theft, and otherwise illegitimate voting,” the lawsuit argues. “Fraudulent and invalid votes dilute the votes of honest citizens and deprive them of their right to vote in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The lawsuit demands that a U.S. District Court declare Newsom’s order unconstitutional and issue an injunction prohibiting the governor from implementing his system to have Californians vote by mail.