The Republican National Committee (RNC) and Republican Party of Arizona (RPAZ) have filed two lawsuits against Maricopa County, Arizona for failing to meet basic standards of election transparency and adding unnecessarily burdensome requirements for poll workers just 34 days ahead of midterm elections.
“After several weeks of negotiations, Maricopa County left us no choice but to sue because Arizonans who want to be poll workers shouldn’t be shut out of the process. With midterms just 34 days away, Arizonans deserve basic transparency about how their elections will be conducted. This legal offensive is the latest step in Republicans’ ongoing efforts to promote free, fair, and transparent elections in Arizona.” – RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and RPAZ Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward
On October 4th, and October 5th, 2022, the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and the Republican Party of Arizona (“RPAZ”) filed two lawsuits against Maricopa County.
On September 9th, the RNC sent demand letters
to Maricopa County requesting answers about the county’s failure to hire an equal number of Republican and Democrat poll workers and creating extraordinarily stringent requirements for volunteers hoping to become poll workers.
The county refused to cooperate with our request for transparency and gave our Republican coalition no option but to sue.
The first lawsuit
challenges Maricopa County’s lack of transparency and its refusal to turn over public records regarding their statutory duty to ensure that both parties have equal representation in the number of poll workers.
The second lawsuit
challenges the burdensome requirements Maricopa County has placed on election workers. These requirements have resulted in an unequal amount of Republican election workers in previous elections.
These are just the latest in several recent actions the RNC and RPAZ have taken to ensure the integrity of the state’s elections:
July 2021: RNC and RPAZ help secure victory at U.S. Supreme Court in Brnovich v. DNC
upholding Arizona’s ban on ballot harvesting.
RNC and RPAZ intervened to successfully defend against challenge to state laws that ensure only eligible voters are automatically mailed ballots and to preserve election day curing deadline for mail ballots without signatures.
Intervening to defend several challenges to new Arizona law that verifies citizenship for those registering to vote.
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