The Federal government continues to weaponize the Department of Justice to achieve objectives it has about election laws that it is unable to pass in the Congress. Case in point, on June 25, 2021, a Friday the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Georgia over the state’s recently passed Election Integrity Act. Somehow Attorney General Merrick Garland feels it violates the federal Voting Rights Act. As he stated that this will be “the first of many steps we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote.”
Garland also stated: “We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access and where we see violations of federal law, we will not hesitate to act”. Things the Feds don’t like, the Georgia law mandated a Georgia driver’s license or a state issued or state approved ID in order to vote by absentee ballot by mail. Other provisions include signature matching and limited use of ballot drop-boxes. [Click here for the ruling]
THE SUPREME COURT
While the Democrats in HR1 and S1 pushed to legalize ballot harvesting the Supreme Court has ruled that Arizona’s ballot harvesting ban is legal. The Court also held that ballots cast in the wrong precinct may be discarded. [Click here for the ruling]
Elsewhere, attempts to intimidate those who have questioned voter integrity are being threatened with criminal charges. Let’s take a look at what is going on in Michigan.
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT
On the Federal level, federal judge Linda Parker in Detroit is considering whether to order financial penalties or other sanctions against some former Trump lawyers who signed onto a lawsuit challenging Michigan election results. Governor Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson want the state to receive at least $11,000 in legal fees and to face disciplinary hearings in their respective states. Attorney Stefanie Lambert Junttila feels there is plenty of evidence to support the law suit.
MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL & AND SENATE REPUBLICANS
And if that is not enough in Michigan, the Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel state on July 8 that she, with the assistance from Michigan State Police will probe people who allegedly made false claims. Nessel decided to launch the probes on a request from Republicans in the Michigan Senate. Senate Republicans stated on page 19 of the Senate Report on the November 2020 Election in Michigan, “The Committee recommends the attorney general consider investigating those who have been utilizing misleading and false information about Antrim County to raise money or publicity for their own ends.” [Click here to view the Report on the November 2020 Election in Michigan]
ARIZONA SECRETARY OF STATE
And in Arizona the Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, wants the Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, a Republican to investigate whether former President Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward may have violated state law that makes it a felony to knowing interfere in any manner with an election officer.
And speaking of Rudy Giuliani, the New York Supreme Court suspended his law license for what it described as false statements following the Nov 3 election. [Click here to view the motion]