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 April 21, 2024

RNC And Trump Campaign Mobilize 100K Operatives For Poll Monitoring

In a significant move aimed at securing the electoral process, the Trump campaign alongside the Republican National Committee (RNC) has declared plans to deploy a vast number of "election integrity" operatives for the upcoming November elections.

The Washington Examiner reported that the strategic program plans to engage approximately 100,000 volunteers and attorneys to monitor polling stations and ensure adherence to election laws.

The overarching goal of this operation is to maintain the "sanctity" of the electoral process, as emphasized by the organizers.

The necessity to preserve election integrity stems from varying perceptions and concerns regarding the voting processes, which have been notably contentious in recent years.

Establishment Of An Elections Monitoring Hotline

The Trump campaign and RNC have outlined specific mechanisms to enhance this initiative. Central to this strategy is the formation of an "Election Integrity Hotline." This hotline will be set up in the State Republican War Rooms across all battleground states, serving as a crucial touchpoint for addressing and escalating election-related issues.

This hotline is intended to cater to both poll watchers and voters, providing expert advice on election laws and procedural conduct from trained lawyers. The professionals enlisted for this program will actively guide on how to manage and escalate any arising voting discrepancies or questions.

According to Donald Trump, "Having the right people to count the ballots is just as important as turning out voters on Election Day." This quote underscores the critical nature that the campaign places on the integrity and transparency of the vote-counting process.

Training Sessions and Legal Preparedness

In preparation for the election, the initiative includes extensive monthly training sessions. These workshops are designed to equip volunteers and lawyers with the necessary skills to monitor voting sites and tabulation centers effectively.

Further solidifying their readiness, Charlie Spies, RNC chief counsel, pointed out, “The Democrat tricks from 2020 won’t work this time. In 2024 we’re going to beat the Democrats at their own game and the RNC legal team will be working tirelessly to ensure that elections officials follow the rules in administering elections." Spies added that they would not hesitate to "aggressively take them to court” if rules were disregarded or altered unexpectedly.

This proactive legal strategy is part of a broader commitment to combat perceived voter fraud, with the RNC already engaging in 83 election integrity lawsuits across 25 states within this election cycle.

Skepticism And Criticism From Opponents

The initiative, however, has not been without its detractors. Some opponents from the Democrat side label it a potential voter suppression tactic rather than a protective measure. Justin Levitt, a former adviser in the Biden White House, criticized the campaign's emphasis on poll watching by questioning the necessity of monitoring for irregularities that, in his view, "are not going to happen."

Levitt's skepticism was palpable when he metaphorically asked, “Can you please show up and watch, wait for the UFO for 15 hours?” implying that the effort may be akin to waiting for an unlikely event.

Furthermore, there are doubts concerning the feasibility of recruiting the ambitious number of 100,000 volunteers and lawyers as planned by the RNC and Trump campaign.

Conclusion: A Comprehensive Approach To Election Sanctity

In conclusion, this expansive recruitment and training initiative by the Trump campaign and RNC aims to ensure the sanctity of voting through a structured approach involving poll watchers, legal experts, and dedicated hotlines. While it stands as a proactive move to safeguard electoral integrity, it faces criticism and doubts about its intentions and practical implementation. Moving forward, the effectiveness of this initiative will likely be a topic of keen observation and evaluation in the political landscape.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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