The Republican Party has recruited more than 45,000 poll watchers and workers who are stationed in key battleground states ahead of the November midterm elections.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that the RNC was focused on creating the space in which November’s midterm elections could be “free, fair, and transparent. This bipartisan poll observation is meant to help safeguard the elections and it is a move that many pollsters have said they would like to see.
She also added that GOP lawmakers wanted to ensure that confidence in the American election process would be restored, which is partly why they have recruited 12,000 more poll watchers and workers since July.
According to the report published the RNC has invested in 17 states along with election integrity directors and 35 in-state election integrity councils. These moves are a response to the unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential elections. No evidence has ever been found to support these claims.
For weeks now Republicans have been leading the polls and many were expecting a landslide win. This was also supported by the historical evidence that the ruling party tends to lose their first midterm elections. However, in the last few months, U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval rates and overall popularity have begun increasing.
In part, this is because of the lowering of gas prices, and the relief provided to cover some of the high cost of living. Last month Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s leader and a key figure behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was announced to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan.
Many are also supporting the Democrats in light of the recent Supreme Court decision to overrule Roe v. Wade.