8 GOP States Ban Biden’s DOJ From Deploying Federal Election Monitors

SANDY SPRING, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 27: Volunteers help voters fill out and cast their ballots at the early voting location in the ballroom of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Station on October 27, 2022 in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Including the site in Sandy Spring, Montgomery County opened 14 early voting sites on Thursday that will remain open through November 3. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Florida and Missouri refused requests from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to place federal election monitors inside polling locations during the 2022 elections, arguing doing so would be tantamount to federal voter intimidation. The Federalist inquired with other Republican-led states whether they would take a similar stance should the DOJ make the same requests — but not all appeared willing to stand up to Biden’s weaponized agency.

The DOJ announced in 2022 it would send election monitors to 64 jurisdictions across the nation to monitor alleged voter intimidation and threats. Several Florida counties were included in the DOJ’s list, but Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis refused DOJ election monitors to enter polling sites in South Florida, arguing DOJ’s involvement would be “counterproductive” and “potentially undermine confidence in the election.”

“Florida statutes list the people who ‘may enter any polling room or polling place,’” Chief Counsel for the Florida Department of State Brad McVay wrote in a letter. The Department of State is overseen by DeSantis. “Department of Justice personnel are not included on the list.”

The DOJ “couldn’t provide a reason to be [at the polling places], nor any statutory authority for them to be there,” Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd stated in a letter, according to Politico.

Missouri took a similar stance in 2022, arguing the DOJ’s presence was akin to bullying local election authorities. State authorities suggested the DOJ should instead contact the secretary of state’s office to discuss any election issues.

Ahead of November, The Federalist inquired with states that have a Republican governor whether they would take a similar stance should the DOJ request to place poll monitors in election sites.

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