If Joe Biden was hoping his party would take control of the Senate in the new year, he just got some devastating news.
Georgia Republicans are reportedly working hard to make sure Democrats can’t steal the Senate runoff elections that will take place in early January. According to Fox News, the Georgia GOP has recruited some 4,000 poll watchers as part of a plan to “ensure the runoff elections are safe and secure and that every legal vote is counted.”
“Georgia Republicans are building the largest and most aggressive ballot security operation in Georgia history,” David Shafer, the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, told Fox.
Ballot security in Georgia
According to Shafer, the Georgia GOP has “filed lawsuits to make sure that there are eyes on every part of the election process that is legally open to the public.”
In one such suit cited by Fox, the Republican National Committee (RNC) states that “the legal right of political party committees to appoint poll watchers to observe the process was abridged in numerous polling and tabulation locations.”
“Upon information and belief, the same or substantially similar unlawful practices will resume in connection with the imminent January 5, 2021 runoff election,” the RNC adds.
The GOP is thus asking the courts to clarify a number of election rules ahead of the runoffs, according to Fox’s report.
It’s almost game time
The Georgia GOP is also reportedly making sure that people who are ineligible to vote are not allowed to register, and that people are not moving to Georgia in order to be able to vote in the runoffs. The latter plan has been pushed by a number of high-profile Democrats, though many later retracted their statements, as Fox has reported separately.
Once all of these issues are settled, the nearly 4,000 Republican volunteers — a record number — will help to make sure that the voting process in Georgia proceeds as it should: according to the rules.
There’s just a little under a month to go until GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler (GA) faces off against Democrat Raphael Warnock, and incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue (GA) against Democrat Jon Ossoff, in the Jan. 5 runoff elections.
If Republicans win even one of these races, they will control the Senate in the next Congress. But if they lose both, and if President Donald Trump fails to convince the courts that widespread election fraud tainted the results of the White House race, Democrats may find themselves narrowly holding the upper chamber, with presumptive Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
With any luck, that nightmare scenario won’t ever become a reality.