The effort comes as campaigns prepare to vote amid a pandemic with legal battles already underway and President Donald Trump makes baseless allegations of fraud in order to sow doubt ahead of elections fall.
“We can and will be able to hold free and fair elections in November and we are putting in place an unprecedented voter protection effort with thousands of lawyers and volunteers across the country to ensure that the vote goes smoothly. “said Dana Remus, campaign manager. the attorney general said.
The Biden campaign’s voter protection effort is led by Remus and former White House lawyer Bob Bauer, who has joined the campaign full-time as a senior adviser, a campaign official said. Bauer was also general counsel for the Obama-Biden campaigns in 2008 and 2012.
“Despite empty threats and constant disinformation from Donald Trump and his Republican allies, election officials across the country are working tirelessly to hold free and fair elections, and we have an extraordinary national team in place to ensure that every eligible voter be able to exercise their right to vote and have their vote counted, ”said Bauer.
The program includes thousands of lawyers and field volunteers who focus on voter protection work across the country.
Remus also oversees a “special litigation” unit, which includes former attorneys general Donald Verrilli and Walter Dellinger, the official said. Hundreds of lawyers will be involved in this effort, including a team from the Perkins Coie law firm led by Marc Elias, which focuses on issues of voter access and state-by-state counting.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder serves as a sort of liaison between the campaign and outside groups working on voting rights issues, the official said.
The increased efforts to protect voters in the Biden campaign, which were first reported by The New York Times
, focus on providing assistance to electoral jurisdictions as they prepare to vote during a pandemic; voter education on in-person and postal voting; fight against the suppression of voters; and develop programs to identify and combat foreign interference and disinformation from foreign and domestic sources.
The push comes as the campaign navigates how voting will play out during a pandemic, with states bracing for unprecedented numbers of voters voting remotely in the coming weeks. Many voting experts and political strategists are also bracing for the possibility of delayed results on election night.
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After voting early in person on Monday before the Delaware primary, Biden was asked if he was confident about the November election and if all votes would be counted.
“I am confident Trump will try not to make this happen, but I am confident the American public will insist,” Biden said.
Trump has baselessly claimed that there was widespread voter fraud in the US election. He spoke out against postal voting and recently asked his supporters to monitor polling stations because he baselessly claimed Democrats would attempt to commit fraud. Trump’s campaign team has also started asking local officials in swing states about the vote count.
The president also asked voters in North Carolina to vote twice – by mail and in person – to ensure their initial vote was counted, although Americans could only vote once per election.
Ben Ginsberg, a prominent Republican electoral lawyer, recently wrote an op-ed slamming Trump’s allegations of widespread electoral fraud, saying that “the lack of evidence makes these allegations unsustainable.”