The NAACP and other plaintiffs lost a bid to block President Trump, his campaign, and the Republican National Committee from challenging the vote count in several states on Friday in federal court.
The lawsuit challenged Republican efforts to contest election results in numerous states and metropolitan areas where Democrats had turnout their own voters in overwhelming numbers. The plaintiffs charged that Trump’s objections “sought to overturn the result of the election by disenfranchising voters, particularly African-American voters in several major metropolises.”
During the 2020 election, then-candidate Joe Biden boasted that he had hired hundreds of attorneys to file challenges in the event that Trump won. Democrats also concentrated their turnout efforts on states with large urban populations. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife spent hundreds of millions of dollars to get out the vote in key states where Democrats dominate. In states where vote-by-mail was first introduced, it attracted a lot of attention.
The lawsuit, however, portrayed Republican efforts to disenfranchise black voters as an attempt to violate the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act. The latter was designed to counteract attempts to disenroll blacks at the end of the Civil War.
“Defendants’ attempts to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters—including targets such as Detroit, Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlanta, Georgia—reproduce the most egregious violations in our country’s history when Black Americans were denied a voice in American democracy for the bulk of the first two decades centuries of the Republic,” the lawsuit claimed.
Emmet Sullivan, the same judge who presided over the trial of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and was seen by many to have a prejudice against President Trump in that case, was assigned to handle the lawsuit.
The Law & Crime blog reported:
“A federal judge ruled on Friday that President Trump and the GOP do not have to face the allegations that they violated the Voting Rights Act in 2020.”
“The judge declined to rule on whether Trump and the Republican Party must face allegations that they violated the KKK Act, which remains in effect. In addition, Donald Trump and the RNC lost a motion to have the remaining case moved away from Washington, D.C.”
“The district court agreed, finding that the civil rights groups had no standing to pursue their Voting Rights Act claim because the action focuses on past behavior and seeks remedy for future conduct.”
The case was closely watched because it might have jeopardized future Republican efforts to track elections in heavily Democratic regions, where Zuckerberg and other activists have concentrated their efforts, sparking concerns about ballot integrity.