Lara Trump’s Voting Remarks Trigger Major Backlash

( – With the 2024 election just months away and looking more and more like a repeat of 2020, all eyes will inevitably turn to the ballots. Former President Donald Trump falsely claimed he was the rightful winner of the last election and has insinuated that should he not win this year, it would be due to an unfair election. His daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, recently made comments about ballots that have sparked backlash.

Lara Trump’s Comments

On May 5, Lara Trump appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” where the two discussed the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) lawsuit against Nevada. The Silver State allows for the counting of mail-in ballots for four days after the election, as long as they are mailed by 11:59 p.m. on Election Day. The RNC, which Ms. Trump co-chairs, is suing to prevent this.

Ms. Trump said to Bartiromo that “you cannot have ballots counted … after elections are over” and that the committee is suing to ensure “a free, fair and transparent election.” The lawsuit claims that Nevada’s laws conflict with federal election laws that mandate “a uniform, national election day.” This is one of 83 active lawsuits in 25 states suing for a “fair election.”

The comments received backlash, with one person saying, “Or you can count all the votes.” Another called her “stupid.”

But Wait … There’s More

Ms. Trump also spoke about employing people who will be poll watchers, those “standing in polling locations,” and those “who can physically handle ballots” on November 5. She said that previously, there was a “moratorium for about 40 years on the RNC actually training people to work in these locations,” but since “the judge who implemented that passed away,” it was lifted.

These comments drew a lot of backlash and alarm from some election workers. Poll watchers are not allowed, by federal law, to touch the machinery or the ballots at any polling location, as Jerry Holland, who supervises elections in one Florida county, pointed out.

Last month, the former president’s campaign and the RNC announced that they were conducting a massive operation centered on “election integrity.” That operation involves the deployment of more than 100,000 attorneys and volunteers to the battleground states in an effort to “protect the vote and ensure a big win.” Trump himself said that “having the right people to count the ballots is just as important as turning out voters.”

While there’s nothing illegal about poll watching, it could become problematic if the people placed by the RNC try to intervene.

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