President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have teamed up for a $10 million legal battle against Democrat-backed lawsuits on voting rights and a combined Election Day setup, Politico reports.
The RNC and the Michigan Republican Party have joined to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Priorities USA, one of many suits the super PAC has filed in the state, over a set of laws that put limits on how organizers can help voters submit absentee ballots and make it a misdemeanor to provide transportation to polling places except when the voters are "physically unable to walk."
The Trump campaign and the RNC will also join to train thousands of lawyers and tens of thousands of volunteers, who will be sent to battleground states to prepare for early voting, Election Day, and for any possible recounts.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement that Democrats are "trying to rig the game with frivolous lawsuits that do nothing but create electoral chaos, waste taxpayer money, and distract election officials in an attempt to advance the Democrats' voter suppression myth because they know they can't beat President Trump at the ballot box."
State and national Democratic Party committees and several left-leaning groups have begun spending millions in past months to combat voter ID requirements, registration purges, and rules about matching signatures and ballot order.
Priorities USA chairman Guy Cecil said it is "shameful and un-American for the RNC to spend millions of dollars disenfranchising voters across the country."
He added in a statement, "We will not stop fighting voter suppression efforts until every barrier to the ballot box in our most vulnerable communities is torn down. We would rather spend our resources on voter registration and education but this fight was brought to us and we will fight it."
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