Governors Push Back Against Biden’s DOJ for Election Overreach

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- When Joe Biden’s hyper-partisan Justice Department announced they were sending federal poll watchers to Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back hard.

DeSantis and state election officials pointed to a Florida statute that lists the people who are permitted inside a polling place on election day, and the feds didn’t make the list.

This was a great example of a ballsy governor using a well-crafted state law and his bully pulpit to stop the feds from interfering with our rights. It should become a template for those seeking to counter any federal overreach, especially Biden’s war on our guns.

Biden’s DOJ wanted to place monitors in 64 jurisdictions in 24 states, which was a significant increase over the 2020 election, when the Justice Department sent staffers to just 44 jurisdictions.

“Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Division has regularly monitored elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country to protect the rights of voters,” the Justice Department announced in a statement. “The Civil Rights Division will also take complaints from the public nationwide regarding possible violations of the federal voting rights laws through its call center. The Civil Rights Division enforces the federal voting rights laws that protect the rights of all citizens to access the ballot.”

Biden’s DOJ wanted increased access, too. The DOJ monitored the 2020 election from outside the polling places. But this year Biden’s Justice Department wanted inside the buildings, which is why state officials blocked the federal request.

Florida wasn’t alone in rejecting the Justice Department’s sudden interest in increased monitoring. Missouri pushed back as well. Missouri state law allows local election officials to determine who is allowed to enter a polling place. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft voiced strong support for local officials, including the county clerk in Jefferson City who refused to allow DOJ access on election day.

“Under Missouri law, the local election authority is empowered to decide who, other than voters and poll workers, may be at polling locations. Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer has rightfully declined to allow this over-reach and the secretary of state’s office fully supports him,” Ashcroft wrote in a tweet.

Gun rights

The Justice Department’s latest attempt to infringe upon states’ rights and local control of elections pales when compared to its ongoing war against the Second Amendment.

Through its foot-soldiers in the ATF, Biden’s weaponized DOJ is revoking more Federal Firearm Licenses than ever before, changing the definitions and rules of firearms and firearm components in common usage, and targeting law-abiding citizens through unconstitutional “knock-and-talks.”

In other words, the ATF is closing one family-owned gun shop after another, could conceivably turn millions of Americans into felons overnight, and is violating the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights of countless homeowners through its warrantless home inspections, which are heavy on coercion and light on probable cause.

Surely these civil rights violations deserve some gubernatorial pushback and legislative cures as well, right?

United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reaffirmed in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that the Second Amendment “is not a second-class right.” Therefore, an ongoing pattern and practice of Second Amendment violations and other civil rights abuse by the federal government should merit a much stronger response than violations of state election laws.

The United States Department of Justice is violating our civil rights at the behest of the White House. Gun owners are sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens. We’d like some pushback too, please.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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Roland T. Gunner

Excellent article Lee! State level nullification of federal overreach may be the only peaceable solution left to us; but it requires state governors and legislatures with backbone and moral conviction. And TEETH! Just proclaiming “ayuh, we’re a 2A sanctuary state” will not cut it. It must be enforced, harshly, with severe penalties, or else the feds will ignore it. I can conceivably see them willing to target those of us who are on their radar or whom they know have many firearms, are enthusiasts, ore are politicall vocal. But if they know each warrant or each knock-and-talk will be met… Read more »

Orion

in rural texas counties, i believe local LEOs will stand firm. in the major blue cities/counties tho…. nope.

musicman44mag

and the problem is if you want it to work, everyone needs to be united. I think the blue counties which is usually the big cities and the infrastructure which is the state seat capital and government will work in conjunction with the feds against the people. Then you always have uncle joe with F15’s, drones and bombs to help them too if they can’t get their way.

swmft

we do need to ,audit voting lists and update them, send a letter to people it comes back undeliverable should give idea it is a fake registration, not at this address same ,dead cant remove dead people where is your respect ….went with Aretha

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swmft

and yes she and dr king had gun permits denied

Trussman

Good for these Governors. The elections are run by the states, not the feds. The feds should be kept a minimum of 100 ft from the entrance to a polling place. The only thing that they should be there for would be to insure that there is no discrimination taking place, with regards to people being allowed inside the building. As far as someone not being allowed to vote once inside, that is a state issue, with regards to qualifications to vote. ( proper ID, properly registered, residential status, etc. ) Everything the feds stick their fingers in, gets screwed… Read more »

Raconteur

Meanwhile in VA Districts 7 & 10:
“In Prince William County, one of Virginia’s most important electoral counties, at least two precincts had more ballots reported on the machine scanners’ tallies of ballots than were tabulated by election officers, according to a report by Electoral Process Education Corporation (EPEC), a nonprofit that performs election data analysis.

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 PressRelease_EPEC_11_14_2022_FINAL-2.pdf

A board of directors member of EPEC told Just the News on Monday that precincts P-612 and P-104 were the ones affected by the discrepant vote totals. P-612 is in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, and P-104 is in the 10th.”