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Several Republican-led states, including Florida and Missouri, have taken a firm stance against the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to station federal election monitors inside polling locations for the 2022 elections. Their argument centers on the belief that such monitoring could be interpreted as federal voter intimidation. However, not all Republican-led states have indicated a willingness to resist similar requests from the DOJ.

Florida, under Governor Ron DeSantis, refused entry to DOJ election monitors, citing concerns about their potential impact on voter confidence and the absence of legal authority for their presence as per state statutes. Similarly, Missouri rejected the DOJ’s involvement, suggesting that any election-related issues should be addressed through direct communication with the state’s election authorities.

Other Republican governors and officials expressed solidarity with Florida and Missouri’s positions. Alabama, Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, and Mississippi, among others, reaffirmed their commitment to upholding state election laws and ensuring fair and transparent elections without federal interference.

Critics argue that federal election monitoring is necessary to safeguard against voter intimidation and ensure the integrity of the electoral process. However, Republican-led states maintain that they are well-equipped to handle election administration without unconstitutional supervision by the federal government.

While some states indicated a willingness to consider DOJ requests on a case-by-case basis or pointed to existing state laws governing election observers, the overall sentiment among Republican-led states is one of skepticism towards federal intervention in state election affairs. This debate reflects broader tensions over the balance of federal and state authority in matters of electoral governance.