Following another disappointing election night for Republicans, questions have arisen regarding the Democrats’ supposedly non-partisan get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operations and their impact on election outcomes. President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting instructed federal agencies to utilize their personnel and resources to turn out the vote. However, critics argue that these efforts disproportionately target Democratic voting blocs, raising concerns about the fairness and integrity of the electoral process.
Targeted Voting Blocs and Criticisms
Biden’s executive order explicitly identified specific voting blocs, such as Black and Native American communities, Hispanic and Latino voters, civil rights and disability rights advocates, convicted felons, and federal government employees. Critics argue that these groups historically show strong support for Democrats, and by exclusively focusing on them, the Democrats may be using taxpayer-funded resources to boost their own political prospects. Critics of the GOTV efforts face accusations of voter suppression, but their concerns lie with the selective collection of ballots from specific Democratic-leaning groups.
Secrecy and Transparency Issues
The Biden administration has faced criticism for refusing to disclose the plans submitted by federal agencies regarding their involvement in the 2022, 2023, and forthcoming 2024 elections. The claim of executive privilege has been used to impede the release of these plans, leading to ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. Critics question why such plans are kept secret if they are as beneficial and important as claimed.
Abuse of Federal Agencies and Partisanship
The administration’s secrecy and targeting of Democratic constituencies are seen by critics as a violation of the 1939 Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activities to ensure nonpartisan administration of federal programs. By leveraging federal resources to promote partisan objectives and candidates, Biden is accused of weaponizing the entire federal government for political gains.
The Republican Challenge
Despite Biden’s underwater approval ratings on key issues, Republicans have struggled in recent election cycles. The article suggests that while the Biden administration effectively mobilizes low-propensity Democratic voters, Republicans lack a comparable infrastructure to turn out their own supporters. The GOP is urged to address this imbalance, support candidates who can appeal to voters, and develop a robust plan to counter the left’s dominance in election strategy.
Republicans face a significant challenge in understanding and countering the Biden administration’s election strategy. The article emphasizes the need for Republicans to develop their own infrastructure for mobilizing low-propensity voters and supporting candidates capable of appealing to voters’ concerns. To achieve electoral success, Republicans must prioritize both policy positions and effective voter outreach, ensuring they have a comprehensive plan to counter the Democrats’ GOTV operations.