RNC vows 'we will be there' with army of poll watchers

RNC vows 'we will be there' with army of poll watchers

RNC vows 'we will be there' with army of poll watchers

Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee have announced a joint plan for boots on the ground – 100,000 of them if they meet their goal – in an effort to protect the integrity of the 2024 elections.

In a press release last week, the committee said it intends to hire hundreds of additional staff and recruit thousands of volunteers to help monitor voting and vote counting.

“Every ballot, every precinct, every processing center, every country, every battleground state. We will be there,” co-chair Lara Trump said in the release.

According to the RNC website, 75% of Americans – including 60% of black voters and 60% of Democrats – supporter voter ID requirements.

Sixty-eight percent of voters believe state legislatures should decide voting rules and regulations for their states, not the federal government.

Americans by a 33-point margin believe that voting in their state is “easy” and want to see election emphasis on a process that is “fair and free of voter fraud.”

The committee says there are five primary areas where it will guarantee coverage with “aggressive” attorneys at the ready: Logic and accuracy machine testing; early voting; election day voting; mail-in ballot processing; and post-election efforts through canvass, audits and recounts.

“When you have different precincts doing the counting that is a level of security, but when we see these big voting centers where counting is centralized, that’s where it becomes murkier," Christina Bobb, senior counsel for election integrity at the RNC, said on Washington Watch Monday.

"It’s harder to see because you have a couple of people doing counting in a backroom for the entire county," she further stated. "It’s much easier to cheat when it’s all centralized." 

Bobb told show host Joseph Backholm the biggest concerns in 2020 came from “big, centralized vote-counting facilities” in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Detroit.

All of those cities, famous as Democrat strongholds, are also infamous for allegations of rampant voter fraud.

Democrats complain about 'election deniers' 

Democrats have long been considered election cheaters by many Republicans, an allegation that took off like a rocket ship after the 2020 presidential election.  

Reacting to an army of GOP poll watchers, Democrats say the GOP plan is an effort to “undermine our democracy and spread baseless lies about a rigged election.”

“Donald Trump knows he’s running a losing campaign, so he’s working with his handpicked team of election deniers at the RNC to lay the groundwork,” wrote Alex Floyd in a Democratic National Committee news release.

Others question whether the RNC will be able to hit its goal for volunteers.

“I don't recall a single presidential election in recent memory where there weren't promises of recruiting an army of thousands of poll watchers, and those have never materialized,” said David Becker of the Center for Election Innovation and Research.

Becker said every jurisdiction allows people to observe but not interfere.

Bobb said all GOP volunteers will be trained and that Election Day will feature a “hotline” where lawyers will be available to field calls from poll watchers who have questions.

Bobb says she welcomes Democrat volunteers to join Republican watchers.

“I hope so. I certainly hope both sides want election integrity. From 2020 we certainly saw there was no shortage of Democrats that had opinions and positions on the way things needed to be conducted in 2020. The concern for us is that Republicans were largely excluded. We saw Republicans kicked out. We saw pizza boxes and cardboard boxes being put up on the windows so people couldn’t see into what was going on,” she said.

RNC takes action in Wisconsin

Bobb said the RNC has filed two recent complaints in Wisconsin where officials in Madison and Milwaukee hired a disproportionate number of Democrat poll workers even though the state Republican party had submitted more than 250 names of people to work the elections.

“They had called less than 50 of them to actually be part of the process,” Bobb said.

Still, she hopes efforts at transparency will not be met with resistance.

“Hopefully this time around they will not be hostile, although we certainly saw some of that in 2020. There were a lot of disputes about what was going on because we could not see into what was taking place,” she said.