A Republican-led effort to manage exit polling in several key battleground states faces lawsuits from Democratic groups in nearly every state alleging voter intimidation, but those suits are losing “big league.”
Trump supporters created a group called “Stop The Steal” that aims to maintain an accurate exit poll of every key state in the election. The group instructs its volunteers not to approach voters on their way to the polls, favoring a simple three question survey after the fact instead.
“They’re turning the court into an arm of their PR effort,” an unnamed GOP staffer told Politico about the suits. “It reinforces the narrative they’ve worked on for years that Republicans are racists.”
Democrats did win an injunction in Ohio ordering the group to stand down, but the group won a special appeal Sunday. The case is set to go before the Supreme Court, although the matter will most likely not see a decision before election day.
“These lawsuits were big on nasty hot-button words like ‘conspiracy’ and the Ku Klux Klan Act but bereft of actual substance,” lead attorney for the Arizona Republican Party Timothy La Sota told Politico. “Their goal was to use a lot of nasty words and sort of hope that that would carry them.”
Stop the Steal plans to have volunteers in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, but there are currently open suits against the group’s efforts in Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
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