From RNC Communications
|For Immediate Release
|| Contact: Press Office
|Monday, November 1, 2004
"Right now, we have 10,000 lawyers out in the
battleground states on Election Day, and that number is growing by the
day." (Kerry Adviser Michael Whouley to the Associated Press, 10/20/04)
“If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet,
launch a ‘pre-emptive strike.’” (Kerry-Edwards Election Day
Manual, November 2004, page 54)
"Sen. John Kerry, bracing for a potential fight over election
results, will not hesitate to declare victory Nov. 2 and defend it,
advisers say. He also will be prepared to name a national security team
before knowing whether he's secured the presidency." (Ron
Fournier, "Kerry's Strategy For Nov. 3: Do Not Repeat Gore's Mistakes,"
The Associated Press, 10/20/04)
Director Jim Dyke
Election Day Chronology
Kerry-Edwards and Democrat Election
Washington, DC – RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke made the
following statement today:
After filing more than 40 lawsuits in 18 battleground states in recent
weeks, and in keeping with their Election Day playbook, Democrats are
prepared to execute an Election Day litigation strategy. As soon
as the polls open in the morning, their touted 10,000-plus lawyers will
systematically file litigation to change the rules in battleground
states across the nation and create a sense of chaos.
Before the day is out, Democrats will begin to argue that every
provisional ballot should be counted, regardless of the circumstances
or legality in which it was cast, thus allowing them to convert third
party registration fraud into voter fraud on behalf of John Kerry.
The Democrats’ Election Day litigation strategy has three primary
- Securing special rules and extensions
for the benefit of Democrats in predominately Democrat precincts.
- Eliminating traditional safeguards
against voter fraud, including I.D. requirements and voting in precinct.
- Creating a sense of chaos, with the
hope of casting a shadow of doubt over Election Day.
Tomorrow, we expect to see Democrat lawyers follow the Kerry-Edwards’
playbook and pursue the following plan to pre-emptively move the
election from polling places to courthouses:
- As the polls open Democrats will
prepare to file action to keep GOP poll monitors out of polls.
Republican poll monitors will be
stationed in precincts across the nation to ensure that all eligible
voters can participate without harassment or intimidation. These
volunteers will help to accomplish our goals of preventing eligible
voters from being disenfranchised, making sure the law is followed and
ensuring a transparent process with an accurate vote tabulation.
- As soon as the courts open, Democrats will
file suits alleging irregularities in the voting process.
As instructed in the Kerry-Edwards Election Day manual, lawyers in
battleground states will allege intimidation and various irregularities
in the voting process regardless of the evidence. This ploy will
build a case for subsequent motions to keep polls open later in
Democrat precincts. Claims may range from charges that certain polling
places did not open on time, that there are not enough ballots to meet
demand, or that election officials were ill equipped to handle voters’
questions. All are consistent with their Election Day playbook.
- By noon, we expect
to see litigation challenging state I.D. and voting requirements.
By noon, lawyers will take action to try to convert Democrats' pattern
of voter registration fraud into Election Day fraud by overturning
state or federal law. Democrats will claim intimidation
and seek to require that voters be allowed to cast a ballot
without showing proof of identification. They may also seek to allow
voting by those who are not legally registered to vote, such as felons.
- In the early afternoon, Democrats will
begin filing to keep the polls open.
These motions will seek to keep the
polls open later only in areas where they know Democrats have an
advantage. Legal action will often be coupled with phone banking to
ensure that the polls are flooded with last minute voters claiming
impending disenfranchisement. Other cases filed in the afternoon hours
will look to allow out of precinct voting, despite recent rulings by
state and federal courts that have stood on the side of 100 years of
- Before the day is out, Democrats will begin
to argue that every provisional ballot should be counted.
Before the day is out, Democrat lawyers will begin to argue that all
provisional ballots should be counted. Democrat lawyers have already
made this case – and lost – nine times in the past three months. By
once again arguing to count ballots that were not legally cast,
Democrats will be setting the stage to convert registration fraud into
vote fraud. Kerry surrogates have already begun to blur the line, with
Eric Holder recently boasting, "If every vote is allowed to be cast,
and if every vote is counted, John Kerry will be President within a day
of that election." (Fox News Sunday, 10/17/04) In one contested
national election where provisional ballots, which are presumptively
not lawful ballots, were cast, between 7-to-23% of them were found to
In each case, Democrats will seek out a last minute order from a
friendly judge. These 11th hour challenges to longstanding state laws
and statutes of bipartisan election legislation are attempts to change
the rules in ways that would make it easier to engage in systematic
vote fraud on Election Day.
If they are successful in keeping the polls open in Democrat precincts
and eliminating traditional safeguards against voter fraud, Democrat
lawyers will effectively and illegally give John Kerry the advantage.
In seeking to take the election to court, the Democrats will be
affirming that they are the party of trial lawyers. Their litigation
strategy will not only be doing a disservice to legitimate voters who
have cast their ballots in accordance with the law, but to the American
process of free and fair presidential elections.