Biden’s Current Pick To Serve On The Federal Elections Commission Once Represented A Nonprofit In A Lawsuit That Made Voter Suppression Claims

It was reported by Fox that President Biden’s recent nominee to serve on the Federal Election Commission represented a Stacey Abrams-backed nonprofit in a lawsuit that made several unproven allegations of voter suppression.

Nominee Dara Lindenbaum also signed on to court papers alleging voting machines “switched” votes during the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. 

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The Senate Rules and Administration Committee held a confirmation hearing for Lindenbaum, a lawyer with the Washington firm of Sandler, Reiff, Lamb, Rosenstein & Birkenstock, to be a commissioner on the FEC. Days later, the Georgia trial for Fair Fight Action and Care in Action v. Raffensperger began in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. 

Lindenbaum’s name appears as the third signature on the original complaint in the lawsuit alleging voter suppression in the race that saw then-Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp defeat Abrams by 55,000 votes statewide in the governor’s race.

“One troubling problem — encountered by several voters — is that voting machines switched their votes from Leader Stacey Abrams to Secretary Kemp,” the 66-page complaint filed Nov. 27, 2018, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleges. 

ConservativeBrief went on to report that the suit identified two voters who alleged they voted for Abrams on the voting machine four times because the first three times the machine indicated a vote for Kemp.

In one instance, only after the voter’s “fourth attempt was she able to cast a ballot for Leader Abrams.” The complaint also alleged that another voting had “kept pressing Abrams and, by the fourth time, the machine finally corrected.”

“The plaintiffs narrowed the case in an amended complaint filed Dec. 3, 2020, to focus on allegations of poor training of poll workers and the data on voter registration lists.

The amended complaint omitted the prior allegations about voting machines,” Fox News reported.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, said of Lindenbaum: “The U.S. Senate must reject this nominee.”

“The FEC is supposed to be a neutral body that instills confidence in our elections,” Carr told Fox News in an interview. “She has spent the last four years making fake claims of voter suppression and pushing conspiracy theories. This has been a four-year fundraising effort for Fair Fight Action assisted by Ms. Lindenbaum.”

The state AG has also written a letter to U.S. senators urging them to reject Lindenbaum’s nomination.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) queried the nominee about the Georgia ballot-switching complaint during a confirmation hearing April 6.

“Do you think criticizing an election as stolen or otherwise invalid undermines the public faith in the democratic process?” Cruz asked.

“These matters, the election security matters, are outside the purview of the Federal Election Commission, which is solely focused on campaign finance issues and not the issues of election administration machines,” Lindenbaum said in response.

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