Soon after Gov Sununu signed into law a new voter integrity measure aimed at better verification of voters who cast ballots without required documentation, (SB418), a lawsuit challenge was filed by the Elias Law Group. For those of you who may want a refresher on the Elias Law Group, or its founder Marc Elias, please see the articles below.
In other news: The one verification the Secretary of State currently performs after an election to identify unverified voters and refer those individuals to the Attorney General for further investigation is the Domicile Affidavit Report. It is important to note that the Nov 2020 verification report has been long overdue, and has yet to be completed. Last week I spoke to Mr. Bud Fitch, SoS Legal Counsel, about this report, and Mr. Fitch stated that he does not know when the report will be finished.
Information regarding Marc Elias and the Elias Law Group:
1. “The new law will not affect the 2022 primary or general election – it will take effect Jan. 1, 2023. But the law is already being challenged in court. Hours after Sununu signed the bill, a number of progressive organizations and individuals led by the Washington-based Elias Law Group filed a lawsuit in Hillsborough District Court against the bill, arguing the bill will hamper the right to vote and that it violates state constitutional requirement that town election officials report election results within five days of the election.”
2. “The Elias Law Group is the law firm of Marc Elias, the former long-standing leader of the political law practice at Perkins Coie, a major law firm that serves Democratic politicians. In August 2021, Elias left Perkins Coie with ten partners and three counsels to establish the Elias Law Group to focus on “electing Democrats, supporting voting rights, and helping progressives make change.” While Perkis Coie is based in Seattle, the Ellis Law Group is based in Washington, D.C.”
3. “….Sussmann’s former firm, Perkins Coie, has deep Democratic connections. Sussmann represented the Democratic National Committee in connection with a Russian government hack of its email servers. A then-partner at the firm, Marc Elias, brokered a deal with the Fusion GPS research firm to study Trump’s business ties to Russia….”
4. “…The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sanctionedPerkins Coie election lawyer Marc Elias and other firm attorneys March 12 for violating ethical rules in a voting case, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans v. Hughs.”
5. “…A federal appeals court shot down the bid of Democratic lawyer and discredited dossier funder Marc Elias to wriggle out of sanctions for misleading the court. The former Perkins Coie lawyer, best known for funding British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier while he worked as Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer in 2016, was punishedby a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in March. The reprimand came for his deceptive behavior in a battle against a Republican-backed Texas law banning straight-ticket voting.”
6. “Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, infamous for funding British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier, gave grand jury testimony as part of special counsel John Durham’sinvestigation into the origins of the flawed Trump-Russia investigation.
The revelation was made in a Tuesday court filing by Durham’s team in the case against Elias’s former Perkins Coie law firm colleague Michael Sussmann, who was indicted last year. Durham said in the filing that the special counsel team “maintains an active, ongoing criminal investigation of the defendant’s conduct and other matters.”