Democratic Party Challenges Illinois Vote-Counting For Two Weeks After Election Day, Now Court Rules

(Republican Insider) – Conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch has announced that a federal court rejected a motion filed by the Democratic Party of Illinois to step in as a defendant in a lawsuit from the group that is currently challenging a state election law that allows mail-in ballots to be received for as long as two weeks after Election day.

According to a post from the watchdog group’s website, “The ruling and opinion come in the federal lawsuit Judicial Watch filed on behalf of Congressman Mike Bost and two other registered Illinois voters to prevent state election officials from extending Election Day for 14 days beyond the date established by federal law (Rep.Michael J. Bost, Laura Pollastrini, and Susan Sweeney v. The Illinois State Board of Elections and Bernadette Matthews (No. 1:22-cv-02754)).”

U.S. District Judge John F. Kness stated in the court’s opinion on the motion that the participation of the Democratic Party of Illinois would “delay this time-sensitive case.”

“[Democratic Party of Illinois] cannot meet its burden to show that its interests will not be adequately represented by the parties to the case. As a result, [Democratic Party of Illinois] is not entitled to intervene as of right. Separately, because allowing [Democratic Party of Illinois] to intervene would threaten to delay this time-sensitive case further, the Court, in its discretion, denies [Democratic Party of Illinois] motion seeking permission to intervene as a party under Rule 24(b). Accordingly, the Court denies DPI’s motion in its entirety,” Kness wrote.

The legal team that is representing the Democratic Party of Illinois is none other than Elias Law Group. The founding partner of the firm, Marc Elias, is the attorney who represented the Hillary Clinton campaign, which probably tells you everything you need to know about that particular individual and the firm he’s created.

Federal law asserts, Election Day is “the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every even numbered year.” The initial complaint says, “Despite Congress’ clear statement regarding a single national Election Day, Illinois has expanded Election Day by extending by 14 days the date for receipt and counting of vote-by-mail ballots.”

The conservative organization then notes that the current election law in the state of Illinois allows for vote-by-mail ballots to be received for up to 14 days “after the polls close on Election Day” which enables them to be counted as if they were cast and received the actual day of the election. Illinois law also provides that “[e]ven vote-by-mail ballots without postmarks shall be counted if received up to 14 calendar days after Election Day if the ballots are dated on or before Election Day.”

The lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch says, “The Board … advised that the number of ballots received after Election Day through November 17, 2020, could materially affect the unofficial election results.”

It goes on to add, “[Illinois’ own data indicates that] Illinois received 266,417 vote-by-mail ballots statewide during the period from November 3rd through November 17th. [M]ost of the 266,417 vote-by-mail ballots were received after Election Day, which would mean that as many as 4.4% of votes cast in 2020 were received after Election Day.”

Judicial Watch then makes the case that holding voting open for a whopping 14 days past Election Day is in violation of the constitutional rights of both candidates and voters.

The lawsuit reads, “By counting untimely and illegal ballots received after Election Day and diluting Plaintiffs’ timely cast and received ballots, Defendants, acting under color of Illinois law, have deprived and are depriving Plaintiffs of rights protected under the First Amendment and 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.”

“The Democratic Party failed to gum up this important lawsuit for election integrity,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton commented. “We are supposed to have an Election Day, not Election Weeks – or months. Illinois’ 14-day extension of Election Day beyond the date set by Congress is illegal, violates the civil rights of voters, and encourages fraud.”

“The Delaware Supreme Court recently struck down the state’s vote-by-mail and same-day voter registration statutes for violating the Delaware Constitution. In making its ruling, the court effectively concurs with the amicus curiae brief Judicial Watch submitted in the case, which argues the Delaware statute impermissibly expands those practices far beyond the limits set in the Delaware Constitution,” Judicial Watch reported.

In a different lawsuit filed by the watchdog group against the state of Illinois, a federal court handed down a decision in June 2021 stating that the lawsuit could proceed against the state’s officials for denying public access to the voter registration database.

“In February 2022, Judicial Watch settled its voter rolls clean-up lawsuit against North Carolina and two of its counties after North Carolina removed over 430,000 ineligible names from the voter rolls,” Judicial Watch said.

This is yet another win for election integrity, which should be a major concern for Americans regardless of political party. One of the cornerstones of a free republic is the ability to voice your opinion on how the country should be run. We do this through the act of voting, choosing candidates that line up with our values and principles. Election fraud silences the voice that we are given to choose our leadership, and by extension, the direction our nation is to take in the future.

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