(USA Features) The Republican National Committee is threatening legal action against Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, for allegedly ignoring a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case the state brought to shore up election integrity.
The RNC’s threat comes after Hobbs proposed new rule for Arizona elections that appear to contradict the recent Brnovich v. DNC ruling by the high court upholding a state law banning ballot harvesting, along with a policy of tossing out votes that were cast by people in precincts were they don’t live, Breitbart News reported Tuesday.
In a statement, RNC head Ronna McDaniel cited a 2021 Draft Elections Procedures Manual proposed by Hobbs which the organization says “authorizes counties to improperly count votes cast in the wrong precinct for certain races,” in violation of the Supreme Court order.
“According to media reports, your office justifies this radical change on the theory that it was merely the prior-existing EPM, not state statute, that has prevented OOP ballots from being counted. But that interpretation is legally incorrect and transparently runs afoul of the series of rulings that recently culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee,” the RNC’s demand letter to Hobbs says, the outlet reported.
“Accordingly, the RNC urges you to remove the offending provisions from the EPM draft you ultimately submit to the Governor and Attorney General by October 31, 2021,” the RNC wrote, adding that the organization will pursue legal action if Hobbs does not strike the offending provision.
“We strongly urge you to revert back the OOP-related portions of the draft EPM prior to submitting the Manual to the Governor and Attorney General. If you fail to do so, the RNC is committed to taking all possible actions to ensure the rule of law is upheld,” the RNC noted further.
“The RNC is working to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in Arizona,” McDaniel said.
“Our huge victory in the Brnovich vs. DNC ruling proves that our common-sense policies are the right ones for Arizonans — and as the election integrity fight continues, we’re staying legally involved every step of the way,” she told Breitbart News.
“We look forward to continuing to beat Democrats as they baselessly attempt to undermine election integrity in Arizona,” she added.
In addition, the RNC is taking action to ensure the state and counties are complying with laws requiring states to clean their voter rolls, “requesting information on the practices and maintenance regarding the state’s voter registration lists” from Hobbs, whom the RNC said has been “uncooperative,” the outlet added.