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RNC vows to play offense with 'most litigious' election cycle yet – launches 73 lawsuits in 20 states

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RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

During the 2022 midterm election cycle, the Republican National Committee has already launched 73 lawsuits on election integrity issues in 20 states. On Monday, an RNC spokesperson told Fox News that Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel plans to make this election cycle the "most litigious."

The aggressive legal approach aims to challenge Democratic secretaries of state and election laws that disproportionately favor the Democratic candidates. The RNC also plans to intervene in cases brought against Republican states by the Biden administration.

The political committee is proactively protecting the rights of poll watchers to monitor vote counting and challenging the illegal counting of mismarked ballots.

The RNC filed a lawsuit against New York and Vermont for attempting to pass a law that would allow 900,000 non-citizens to vote in upcoming elections. In June, the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of the committee, and the voting law was stopped.

The committee also successfully blocked Pennsylvania from counting absentee ballots without dates, which went against state law and a Supreme Court ruling.

Michigan Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson lost a legal battle against the RNC last week after she imposed illegal restrictions on poll challengers.

"Jocelyn Benson not only disregarded Michigan election law in issuing this guidance, she also violated the rights of political parties and poll challengers to fully ensure transparency and promote confidence that Michigan elections are run fairly and lawfully," McDaniel said in a statement.

RNC spokesperson Gates McGavick stated that the lawsuits resulted from a "multimillion-dollar investment into building an election integrity operations infrastructure that draws on its legal, political, data and communications resources."

McGavick said the committee is also prepared to fight legal battles that may result from close races in November's midterm elections. He noted that the RNC's "aggressive pre-election litigation efforts in many states have been successful in ensuring the rules of the road are clear ahead of time."

Election Transparency Initiative executive director Michael Bars told Fox News Digital, "After the shortcomings of the last election, a proactive and pre-emptive legal strategy is critical to the election integrity voters deserve in 2022, 2024, and beyond."

Bars applauded the RNC for listening to the voters and making "significant strides" within the last two years to "restore voters' faith in fair and secure elections."

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