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Sun May 24, 2020, 10:49 PM

Republicans Sue California Governor Gavin Newsom, Claim Vote-by-Mail Order Is 'Illegal Power Grab'

Source: Newsweek


BY CHRISTINA ZHAO ON 5/24/20 AT 10:39 PM EDT

The Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and California Republican Party have filed a lawsuit challenging California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom's recent executive order to mail every registered voter an absentee ballot ahead of the November election.

Newsom this month encouraged all voters in the state to cast their ballots by mail to avoid exposure to coronavirus. The move was met with strong opposition by President Donald Trump and members of the GOP. They claim that the order invites fraud and raises concerns that Democrats could use the ballots to swing races to benefit their party.

The lawsuit, filed Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, argues that Newsom "issued an executive order purporting to rewrite the entire election code for the November 2020 election cycle."

"This brazen power grab," the complaint continues, "was not authorized by state law and violates both the Elections Clause and Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/republicans-sue-california-governor-gavin-newsom-claim-vote-mail-order-illegal-power-grab-1506282?piano_t=1

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Reply Republicans Sue California Governor Gavin Newsom, Claim Vote-by-Mail Order Is 'Illegal Power Grab' (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 24 OP
elleng May 24 #1
LogicFirst May 24 #2
LastLiberal in PalmSprings May 25 #25
LovingA2andMI May 24 #3
cstanleytech May 24 #4
jls4561 May 24 #5
Retrograde May 25 #21
Dream Girl May 24 #6
AtheistCrusader May 25 #12
pecosbob May 25 #7
Grokenstein May 25 #8
Kablooie May 25 #9
Brainfodder May 25 #10
tirebiter May 25 #11
Vinca May 25 #13
zanana1 May 25 #14
paleotn May 25 #15
Fortinbras Armstrong May 25 #16
W T F May 25 #17
Bengus81 May 25 #18
DeminPennswoods May 25 #19
BlueIdaho May 25 #20
CrispyQ May 25 #22
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 25 #23
W T F May 25 #24
Linda Ed May 25 #26

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 10:53 PM

1. Watch repugs LOSE!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 10:54 PM

2. Republicans know all about power grabs.

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Response to LogicFirst (Reply #2)

Mon May 25, 2020, 06:50 PM

25. Mitch McConnell comes to mind.

Denying President Obama his constitutional right to appoint a Supreme Court justice being his most egregious act.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 10:55 PM

3. Going....

Nowhere fast in California.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 10:59 PM

4. Yes, making it so people can vote in an election is a power grab because they

clearly should not be allowed to exercise their right to have a say in who represents them.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:52 PM

5. Idiots. Ever California sample ballot has a form on the back asking if you would

like an absentee ballot. Because I enjoy going to the polls (and for some reason I really like getting that "I Voted" sticker), I have only used this options one in lo, these many year. So we usually have an extra step if we want to vote by mail. So Gavin Newsom decided that he would save Californians an extra three minutes and just send out the absentee ballots. So this is a "brazen power grab" because people are being robbed of the extra three minutes it took to get an absentee ballot before there was a plague?

November is a long time away in this time warp we live in now, but I will probably vote by mail in the fall. I will do what I always do, read the voter guide (it's pretty dense in California), puzzle over the math on the propositions, ask my neighbors with kids what they think about the school board candidates, and mark the ballot. Instead of taking my sample ballot to the polls, I'll stick the ballot in the envelope and mail it in.

I don't understand states that do not have the option of vote by mail. These seem to be the same states that are "consolidating" polling places, but I bet there is no "consolidation" in the (dare I say white) suburban districts. I expect tRump to slip up in some word salad around October and declare "ONLY I CAN RIG IT" in reference to the election.

So, yeah, I am outraged about this lawsuit. I hope that the judge dismisses it as the nuisance suit it clearly is, and that the RNC et al, pays court costs and a big honking fine for annoying us good people of California.

That said, I do hope Devin Nunes shows up to vote in person. I hope that his cow and his mom are in charge of the polls. I hope the polling place is in in a Donald porta-john tRump porta-john, and that there is no hand sanitizer or hand washing facilities available, as there were in my local polling pace in March. But in order to keep Devin safe, I hope he gets a giant dose of hydroxychloroquine and an injection of Clorox as he leaves the polls.

Yes, I am pretty angry - OK, I am very angry. However, I think back to the tRump tweet that just said "OBAMAGATE!" and I think back to the reply from Obama:

"VOTE!"

So I haven't lost hope. And yeah, I'll be there November 3rd, and I sure won't be voting for Donnie Tiny Hands.

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Response to jls4561 (Reply #5)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:03 PM

21. And several CA counties

already sent out mail-in ballots to all registered voters in the recent primary- including mine, Santa Clara, just shy of 2M people. In fact, California law currently (i.e., before Newsom's declaration) allows each county to opt for all mail elections. Maybe if Issa and Co. were more familiar with state election laws they could save everybody some time and money.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:58 PM

6. This says a lot about them. Presumably every one will be allowed to vote by mail regardless of

Political affiliation. So whatís the problem?

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #6)

Mon May 25, 2020, 07:17 AM

12. They don't like the demographics of absentee voters.

Meaning, it tends to help us, not them. Republicans almost always do better when turnout is low, and voting is difficult.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:34 AM

7. Not likely the SC would rule against States' right to run their elections

Not after recently striking down the Voting rights Act and repeatedly allowing states to knock voters off the roles at will.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 01:23 AM

8. It IS a power grab.

...in that it grabs power from the corrupt republicscum and gives it back to the voter. They can't have that!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 01:42 AM

9. They've learned from Trump. Always accuse your opposition of your own crimes.

And best if you do it before anyone accuses you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 02:31 AM

10. That's about as valid as someone suing them for SUCKING?

Why the effort to just waste funds?

These jerks are that dense, and will never change?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 04:10 AM

11. Republicans are a 3rd party in California

Decline to state has taken the place of Republicans.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 07:35 AM

13. A power grab by voters.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 07:44 AM

14. Don't Republicans get to vote by mail too?

How is that a power grab?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:55 AM

15. That's going precisely nowhere.

5 states conduct voting by mail, including Utah. Republicans are flailing around, impotent to stop what's coming. I suppose their terrified of losing what little power they posses in CA.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 09:32 AM

16. The Republicans know that their best chance of winning is by cheating.

They don't want to make it easier for people to vote. So, voter suppression, closing polling places, voter ID, and now this lawsuit.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 10:30 AM

17. I've been voting by mail in California for years, how is it "illegal"????

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 11:26 AM

18. Trump's insanity claims there are Democrats everywhere stalking mailboxes to steal ballots.....

Hokay...............

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 11:44 AM

19. If anyone would know about "illegal power grab"s,

it's today's GOP.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:01 PM

20. Power grab? From who - to whom?

This is a nuisance law suit and the GOP should be fined for wasting the courts time. No doubt they will find some crooked Trump appointee judge to bend over and take it in the ass - but in the end this will go nowhere.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:19 PM

22. When will the media tell these bozos that some states already have vote-by-mail?

For ALL elections!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #22)

Mon May 25, 2020, 03:53 PM

23. Yeah no shit

Washington and Oregon have been doing it for a few years now.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 05:02 PM

24. The only reason that they are against it is because it's going to interfere with their plans to.....

Steal the 2020 election. Iíve voted by mail in California for years. Thereís nothing illegal about it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:03 PM

26. #GOPCorruptionOverCountry

If a party or candidate wants to make it less safe for me to vote and force me to risk my life or the life of others to do so, they arenít getting my vote and they shouldnít get yours either. #TrumpDeathToll100K
#GOPCorruptionOverCountry

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