Lawsuit alleging violation of KKK law by electoral integrity group

A federal judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit accusing a Colorado-based group of conducting a door-to-door campaign of intimidation against voters by sending armed “agents” to people’s homes to suspect them of fraud accused of voting.

US District Judge Philip A. Brimmer late last month denied a motion by attorneys for the US Election Integrity Plan (USEIP) to dismiss the lawsuit brought by three constituencies. The lawsuit alleges that USEIP’s attempts to trace votes it believes were cast illegally violated federal voting rights protections. The lawsuit is one of many being fought nationwide following allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

The Colorado Montana Wyoming State Area Conference of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Colorado and Mi Familia Vota filed a lawsuit against USEIP in March, alleging that the group violated the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act violated

After the 2020 election, individuals associated with USEIP started showing up with badges on the doorsteps of Colorado residents, identifying themselves with official-sounding groups like the Voter Integrity Committee, according to the lawsuit.

Unopened ballots in Colorado
A lawsuit against the US election integrity plan filed by three voting rights groups last month will lead to another legal battle. Unopened ballots await the signature verification process before being counted at the Denver Elections Division Building on November 3, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.
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The lawsuit states that USEIP encouraged armed members to accompany unarmed agents. Agents for the group have asked residents for their address, participation in the 2020 election, voting method and whether they cast a fraudulent ballot, according to the lawsuit.

“USEIP is complicit in voter intimidation through the planning, threats and actual deployment of armed agents knocking on doors throughout the state of Colorado,” the filing reads. “The actions of USEIP not only intimidate voters casting their votes in the November 2020 election, but also intimidate prospective voters and discourage both groups from exercising their constitutional right to vote.”

USEIP states on its website that it is an effort by Colorado election officials to cover up irregularities in the 2020 election. A report on the group’s website said it surveyed four counties in Colorado in 2021. She concluded that between 5 and 8 percent of voters in those counties were “affected by unexplained irregularities in Colorado’s electoral rolls and voting records.”

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has insisted the 2020 election is safe. Jason Dunn, Colorado’s US Attorney appointed by ex-President Donald Trump, is also confident the election was safe.

“Anyone who claims there is any doubt about the Colorado results is really not being honest with the public,” he told The Colorado Sun last year.

Portia Prescott, president of the regional NAACP, wrote in a statement that given America’s long history of racial discrimination, campaigning is “extremely threatening to Black Coloradans.”

The three constituencies have applied for an injunction against USEIP.

The attorney representing USEIP moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that the groups had no standing and could not prove harm. The groups argued that they needed to divert resources from their missions to respond to USEIP’s actions.

However, the judge ruled that the groups are entitled to advance their lawsuit.

news week has reached out to USEIP and the attorney representing the group for comment. Lawsuit alleging violation of KKK law by electoral integrity group

Rick Schindler

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