The North Carolina Republican Party has formed a committee to address what they are calling “election integrity” in next year's election.

The 16-member “Election Integrity Committee” was set to launch following the state GOP convention this past weekend, where former President Donald Trump was the keynote speaker.

According to the state party Chairman Michael Whatley, the committee is needed “to ensure the 2022 elections in North Carolina remain fair and transparent.”  

The News & Observer reports the committee will be chaired by former state senator Buck Newton and will include other GOP officials, lawyers, and political consultants.

The group will make recommendations to the state and county election boards, as well as recruit poll observers and volunteers.

Bobbie Richardson chairs the North Carolina Democratic Party. Richardson released a statement saying that the GOP is “operating in voter fraud hysteria, propping up election integrity as an excuse to continue pushing bills that restrict voting.”

Richardson says that state Democrats plan to respond by strengthening their Voter Protection program, an effort to combat voter suppression and increase voter registration efforts.

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