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Lara Trump’s new RNC plan is sparking backlash

Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), was criticized on social media on Sunday after she shared the Republican Party’s plans to prevent Nevada from counting ballots after Election Day.

On Friday, the RNC, along with Donald Trump’s campaign, the Nevada Republican Party and a Nevada voter, filed a federal lawsuit against election officials in the battleground state who sought to stop counting mail-in ballots that came after were received on election day, to stop. Under current Nevada law, ballots received up to four days after Election Day can be counted if they are postmarked before the end of that day.

While appearing on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures with Maria BartimoLara Trump was asked, “What are you doing now regarding suing Nevada?”

“You can’t have the ballots counted, Maria, after the election is over and right now that’s one of many lawsuits that we have going on in this country to make sure that exactly that happens,” she told Bartimo. “That we have free, fair and transparent elections. So in Nevada … we say we want Election Day to be the last day for ballots to be counted.”

Lara Trump is married to the former president’s second eldest son, Eric Trump. She was elected co-chair of the RNC in March after being endorsed by her father-in-law, who is also the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The move led to criticism of Trump’s grip on the Republican Party.

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Lara Trump is seen on stage as former President Donald Trump speaks in Columbia, South Carolina on February 24. Lara Trump received backlash on social media after sharing the Republican Party’s plans to prevent Nevada…

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MeidasTouch, a liberal news network, mocked Lara Trump’s plan on X, formerly Twitter, writing Sunday morning: “Or you can count all the votes.”

Former tennis star Andy Roddick, a Trump critic, wrote: “I have a super weird counter………. An election can’t be over until the votes are counted. So….”

“These are extremely stupid people. If the military and veterans organizations do their job, they will sue Trump and the RNC for disenfranchising military voters who cast absentee ballots overseas and across the country… under the law,” Fred Wellman, a U.S. Army veteran which hosts the About democracy podcast on MeidasTouch, posted.

Bradley P. Moss, a national security attorney, wrote simply: “The stupid. It hurts.”

Newsweek contacted the RNC via an online form and the Nevada Secretary of State for comment.

What the lawsuit says

In a press release from the RNC on Friday announcing the lawsuit, Chairman Michael Whatley said: “Nevada’s ballot receipt deadline clearly violates federal law and undermines election integrity in the state. Ballots received days after Election Day should not be counted – the RNC and our partners are suing. to secure fair elections, support Nevada voters, and oppose unlawful schemes.”

The lawsuit alleges that Nevada election laws conflict with federal laws that establish “a uniform, national day” for conducting elections by counting mail-in ballots received up to four days after Election Day and assuming that ballots will be received up to three days later. day are postmarked on or before Election Day.

“The result of Nevada’s violation of federal law is that timely, valid ballots are diluted by early, invalid ballots, violating the rights of candidates, campaigns, and voters under federal law,” the lawsuit argues.

Meanwhile, Democratic Nevada Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar said in a statement: “I hope the RNC puts as much time and energy into educating voters on how to participate in elections as it does into suing the state of Nevada. “

According to the commission’s recent press release, the RNC is currently active in 83 “fair election” lawsuits in 25 states.