By: Victoria Marshall
A Wake County judge ruled Thursday in favor of the Republican National Committee (RNC) against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) and its unlawful restrictions on partisan poll watchers.
Back in September, the RNC and the North Carolina GOP sued the NCBOE for its illegal regulations restricting party observers. Such restrictions prevent the GOP from replacing “at-large” election observers at any time, requiring observers to serve at least four hours at a polling location before a new volunteer could take their place.
Attorneys for the RNC said such a regulation was “unfair” since it would stop them from replacing observers with party lawyers, who might be called to investigate election-related concerns. According to the RNC, the restrictions conflict with state statutes.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier agreed, granting the RNC its preliminary injunction against the NCSBE, and thereby blocking the rule that prevented party observers from coming and going to different poll locations throughout Election Day.
“This legal victory protects the rights of poll watchers and underscores the Republican Party’s commitment to free, fair, and transparent elections in the Tar Heel State,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a press release.
This isn’t the only time the RNC has challenged unlawful restrictions against poll watchers. In Michigan, the group filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for issuing last-minute guidance restricting the rights of poll challengers and thereby subverting the authority of Michigan’s Republican-majority legislature.
Increasing restrictions on poll watchers is just another tactic the left uses to decrease citizen oversight of the administration of local elections and rig them in Democrats’ favor. This is why corporate media outlets have mounted a nonstop propaganda campaign characterizing GOP poll watchers as “election deniers,” hoping to stop concerned citizens from volunteering at their local polling places.
While the North Carolina GOP won its challenge against the rules for party observers, it did lose its bid to limit the deadline for counting mail-in ballots to only three days after the election. Because the third day this year falls on a holiday, Veterans Day, the NCSBE is extending the deadline to the following Monday, Nov. 14.
Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.
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