LANSING, MI –The State of Michigan has already seen its fair share of voting mishaps, and the general election is still weeks away.
A Michigan court decision that will extend the deadline for postmarked mail-in ballots to be received up to 14 days after Election Day will also allow ballots to be submitted by 3rd parties, a practice called “ballot harvesting," during a specific period. https://t.co/eIyqUjONJl
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 18, 2020
Ballot harvesting is something that leads to felony charges in the majority of the country and for good reason. It is when someone you do not know comes and picks up your ballot from your house and pinky swears that it will not be tampered with and will be turned in properly.
Recently, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that ballot harvesting can take place from October 30th from 5:01pm until 8pm on November 3rd. In addition, she also ruled that mail-in ballots which are postmarked on November 2nd, the day before the general election, must still be counted whenever they may be received.
“This court enjoins MCL 168.932(f) in this election from 5:00 p.m. Friday October 30, 2020 until the close of the polls on November 3, 2020, in so far as it limits the class of persons who may render an absent voter assistance.
“As a result, a voter casting an absent voter ballot in the November 2020 general election may select any individual the voter chooses to render assistance in returning an absent voter ballot, but only for the limited time period when assistance from the clerk is not required.”
In Michigan, those with disabilities or in need of any assistance in voting may ask a clerk for that assistance up until 5pm the Friday before an election. However, the judge in this case found that was too much of a burden and unconstitutional due to the pandemic and other reasons. Stephens wrote:
“[I]n ordinary times, the statute likely poses no constitutional issue. These are not, however, ordinary times. As noted, there are documented instances in this case of absentee voters who received their absent voter ballot shortly before the August 2020 election, despite a timely request for such a ballot.
“As noted, a voter is only guaranteed to receive help from the clerk if the voter makes a request before 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.
The very real risk of receiving an absent voter ballot in an untimely fashion increases the risk that voters who are otherwise without a statutorily enumerated person to help return their ballot will not be able to take advantage of the fail-safe option of receiving assistance from the clerk.
“One can think of residents in an assisted living facility, the access to which has been extremely limited during the pandemic, who might fall into this category. Additionally, prospective absentee voters who simply wish to take their time weighing which candidates to vote for run the risk of missing out on the clerk-supplied assistance.
“Such individuals might be hesitant, or unable, to receive assistance from family members or household members due to health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Or the health risks inherent with COVID-19 might prevent such a voter from returning a ballot in-person.
“Therefore, and under the current circumstances, the Court is convinced that the time deadline imposed on the fail-safe option of seeking assistance from the clerk risks leaving too many voters without the opportunity of receiving assistance in returning their ballots.”
As far as ballot harvesting goes, some people, specifically democrats who have made a nationwide push for the matter, think this is a great idea. After all, disabled people or those fearing being infected by the pandemic do not need to leave their house, or simply walk to their mail box.
Problem is anyone who takes your ballot does not really need to turn it in or not change your vote. After all, who is going to know if some person takes your ballot and simply throws it away? You assume that the person abided by the law, but there are far from any guarantees.
There have been several examples of fraud when it comes to ballot harvesting, some of which happened in New Jersey.
There, several people were arrested for collecting people’s ballots and allegedly changing the vote to ensure the right person in their mind won a city council seat.
The other issue, extending the deadline for which mail-in ballots count, will undoubtedly cause a delay in reporting the winners of the election in the state of Michigan. After all, the US Post Office recommends sending your vote in at least a week or two prior to the election to make sure it reaches election officials on time.
Breaking news: A Michigan judge said the state must accept ballots that arrive within 14 days of the election as long as they are postmarked by November 2. This will likely mean thousands more ballots will count in a state decided by 10,000 votes in 2016. https://t.co/3uUqfIsrRt
— Sam Levine (@srl) September 18, 2020
Then you’ve got what just happened in Georgia:
ATLANTA, GA –For the past few months, democratic leaders and the mainstream media have told everyone who will listen that voting by mail is perfectly safe.
They say there is no election fraud and any claim of that is a lie from President Donald Trump and Republicans.
Yet, time and time again there are reports of exactly what we are told does not exist, voter fraud.
Recently, Law Enforcement Today has learned of yet another case, in Georgia.
BREAKING: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Tuesday that 1,000 Georgians voted twice in the state’s June 9 primary, a felony that he said will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law: https://t.co/3arrYkiAQl #gapol
— Mark Niesse (@markniesse) September 8, 2020
The State Election Board for Georgia has recently referred almost 100 cases of suspected fraud to the Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger. Some of these reports include received votes from people who have been deceased.
On September 11th, Raffensperger’s office reported that the State Election Board processed a total of 98 cases in what they refer to as “voting administration and integrity issues.” Some of these cases span back as far as the 2014 midterm elections.
Chaired by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the board this week processed 98 outstanding cases involving various voting administration and integrity issues dating as far back as 2014. >> https://t.co/OxmcZRrxkM
— stephencrews (@stephencrews) September 14, 2020
The claim is that people were knowingly double-voting, voting on behalf of their children, and in some cases voting for people who are dead. Raffensperger said:
“Protecting the integrity of the vote is my highest priority as Georgia’s chief elections official. A fraudulent vote dilutes the power of those voters who follow the rules and undermines the fundamental democratic idea of one person, one vote. As Secretary of State, I will investigate any and all attempts to delegitimize elections in Georgia.”
Investigators who were working the suspect fraud noted a few different cases, one each in Putnam and Murray County. In these cases, it is alleged that the voter intentionally and knowingly voted twice in the 2016 general election.
The claim is that these two people somehow took advantage of worker errors or some type of glitches in the election system to vote twice. These two cases were referred to the Attorney General for possible prosecution.
Another example was in Twiggs County, also during the 2016 statewide general primary election. In this case, the allegation is one person illegally registered two children, who were convicted felons and unable to vote. Once they were registered, the woman requested absentee ballots for them and cast a vote for each on their behalf.
This woman then took the ballots, allegedly illegally signing the oath attesting that she was the person identified on the ballot. Once this was done, she allegedly cast both illegal absentee votes. This case was also referred for possible prosecution.
The State Election Board released a statement that read:
“Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 16 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no excuse absentee voting.
“Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record primary turnout in 2020, with over 1.1 million absentee by mail voters and over 1.2 million in-person voters utilizing Georgia’s new, secure, paper ballot voting system.”
This news from Georgia comes after Raffensperger reported to Breitbart news that 1,000 people allegedly voted twice in the June statewide primary election. According to Breitbart, out of the 1,000 illegally cast votes, 58% them voted for democrats. Raffensperger said:
“While the investigation is still ongoing, initial results show that of the partisan ballots at issue, approximately 58% were Democratic ballots.”
Raffensperger said that these double votes were done by people who had voted by mail-in ballot and then again in person at the polls. Although many of these people were stopped from voting a second time, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that election officials were unable to stop everyone.
“A double voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law…Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law. And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.”
Mail-in voting scheme: report shows that more than 550,000 mail-in ballots were rejected across America
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WASHINGTON DC – You would think that preserving the integrity of the election would be a top priority for everyone.
Your vote is important and it counts, unless it was on one of the more than 550,000 mail-in ballots that were rejected nationwide, so far, this primary season.
Even liberal groups like “Rock the Vote” are encouraging people to vote in person, rather than trusting the mail-in system.
Many questions are popping up about how to vote this year with COVID and the challenges facing USPS. Here are our top 5 tips for making sure your voice is heard on November 3rd! Share, save and spread. #RockTheVote pic.twitter.com/XnBC5iuPcu
— Rock the Vote (@RockTheVote) August 24, 2020
A report by NPR details the number of ballots rejected in the presidential primary by state. They go on to say that most are being rejected because the signature doesn’t match the signature on file or because it is missing all together.
Many ballots are also rejected because they arrive too late. Add that to the outright malfeasance by some postal workers and the entire vote by mail scheme becomes a recipe for certain disaster.
The beleaguered U.S. Postal service reported a net loss of $8.8 billion for fiscal year 2019 and is now requesting a $75 billion dollar bail out. We’ve seen reports of mail being dumped in alleys and dumpsters abound. A report from CBS Local Chicago in February of 2020 was one of many incidents reported.
Chelsea Johnson, a victim of the Chicago mail dump, said she might not have ever heard from her niece at army basic training.
“How dare someone throw our important mail in the garbage can,” asked Johnson. “She was struggling. And she needed me. For two weeks, I was supposed to be on my knees praying for her.”
So she and her husband gathered some of the other tax documents, checks, letters. With this being a federal crime, they called 911.
“For the past week, we didn’t get mail three times! Three times we did not receive mail,” Johnson said.
Postal workers dumping mail out of sheer laziness or for more nefarious reasons is nothing new.
A US Postal worker was just caught on video throwing a stack of my campaign mailers in a dumpster. Some patriots nearby heard a noise when she tossed them in & went to investigate. They found a stack of them and called me. No wonder people are skeptical of mail in voting. pic.twitter.com/I28SBydg2N
— Sheriff Troy Nehls (@SheriffTNehls) June 26, 2020
While all of this is going on the post office is actively trying to hide the problems and begging for relief from their mismanagement in the form of a “Covid” relief grant.
1/ A postal workers' union leader in San Antonio said today that the agency sought to hide evidence of problems when a congressman visited a facility this week. https://t.co/WTMCwl4oWQ
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 21, 2020
But, to be sure, the issue goes way beyond the post office. Over half a million mail in ballots that were rejected had to first make it to their intended place of purpose prior to being rejected. While some of the ones rejected for being late could be attributed to the post office, most were likely just sent in too late to get there.
So, what’s the solution? Well, according to democrats, states need to extend the mail-in ballot deadlines. They also want the witness and notary requirements waived.
In fact, they are in court in more than half of the states in the country to accomplish just that. In some states, they have already won.
#ICYMI: Last week, we won a victory at #SCOTUS to protect #RhodeIsland voters from an unnecessary witness requirement. Requiring voters to find a witness to vote absentee is antithetical to social distancing. We must protect public health and democracy.https://t.co/QDkZPASa95
— Campaign Legal Center (@CampaignLegal) August 19, 2020
It is important to understand this. Democrats’ solutions to some of the voting issues are as follows: Lower the voting age to 16. Do not require identification. Allow people to vote by mail without verifying their identity. Allow people who are residents, but not citizens to vote, heck California wants to allow people here illegally to hold elected office.
Oh, and about those 550,000 ballots that were rejected, Democrats wants people to have a do-over. That’s right. If you filled out your ballot wrong, the whole process should be held up so you can fix it, according to the NPR report cited earlier.
One would think that a party so concerned with the possibility of Russia putting fake ads on social media might be more worried about integrity in the election process. Additionally, the party of academia should really know how to fill out a ballot.
Many of the people crying and protesting probably aren’t old enough to remember the great Florida recount of 2020 and the battle of the hanging chads.
Those ballots were cast in person and still there was doubt and a big mess that threw the country into turmoil for five weeks, ending with a Supreme Court decision. Adding unvetted mail-in ballots that may or may not get to the polling place is a recipe for certain disaster.
Recently, in New Hampshire, the Dartmouth College Democrats sent emails to out-of-state students encouraging them to vote absentee in New Hampshire. Granite Grok posted the text of the email on their site. So, if Biff from California messes up his New Hampshire ballot, should we hold up the count till he fixes it?
Frankly, Donald Trump Jr. is right. If you can loot in person, you can vote in person.
Furthermore, you should WANT to vote in person. If you want your vote to count, be there. It might be the most important thing you do this year.
Postmaster General explains riots are slowing down mail delivery. But hey… mail-in voting, right? (Op-ed)
As per the usual, Democrats are trying to deny facts, and paint President Trump as the villain, this time with mail-in-voting.
President Trump has been outspoken on his concern that mail-in-voting is not accurate, can come with a variety of flaws, and is vulnerable to mail fraud.
However, Democrats, whether they truly believe it or just want to continue the trend of denouncing everything the President says, disagree, and say that mail-in-voting is flawless and an accurate form of voting.
Democrats have been pushing the agenda of mail-in-voting, claiming it is unsafe to vote in person due to COVID-19, despite the fact that experts have said voting in person, while adhering to the same guidelines as every other public activity, poses no greater risk.
Taking out all of the typical reasons the mail-in-voting system could go awry, the country is now facing raging riots and violence in cities all across the U.S., which is adding to the trouble the post offices are facing.
The country burns because of the liberal DEMORATS. DemoRATS wanted Trump out of their burning cities. ALL DEMORAT cities!! For more chaos, help them win the election. Like the mailbox scandal, Russia collusion, fake IMPEACHMENT, protests which infected thousands. DemoRAT problems
— CBeck (@CBeck91267728) August 22, 2020
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers on August 24th, that the riots raging across the U.S. cities are putting postal workers lives at risk, in addition to causing mail delivery delays.
“Any kind of rioting does produce delays with any type of public service,”
It is convenient that the cities experiencing the violent riots are run by Democrats, who refuse to acknowledge there is a problem.
When referring to the riots, DeJoy exclaimed:
“Yes, it would slow down the mail,”
He added that the violence taking place in the cities “absolutely” endangers the safety of the person delivering the mail.
Democrats have also accused President Trump of removing mailboxes in an effort to “sabotage” the mail-in-voting process. However, the Postmaster General commented on this, and had a slightly different reason, stating:
“There are … [certain] procedures that we have for situations — for public unrest that we deploy [for] a variety of different things up to and including getting our collection boxes out of there when it happens,”
Saw a video of protesters in Portland trying to burn the Courthouse.
In the video you could also see someone throwing fire 🔥 inside of mailbox and most likely burning the mail that was in there.
Y’all go ahead and mail your ballot.
— Rickodemus 🇺🇸 (@SwithnMesson38) August 20, 2020
So once again, blaming the President for something that he has nothing to do with, while in fact the Democrats are the ones who are inadvertently to blame for allowing the riots to rage in their cities.
Republican Garry Palmer provided pictures depicting a post office “burned-out” by rioters in Minneapolis, and explained:
“This is a picture of the burned-out post office in Minneapolis, okay? There was mail in that post office that was lost. There may have been prescription drugs that were lost. There may have been Social Security checks in that office that were lost.
“It is a fact that not only is the mail delivery delayed when you have anarchists laying siege to cities all over the country, it endangers postal workers, delivery people. It may have endangered people’s lives who were not able to get their medicine because it burned up in the Minneapolis post office. That’s not funny.”
According to Breibart, the Postmaster General explained that removing mailboxes from low traffic areas and mail sorting machines when there was a decline in mail volume was part of a long-standing policy that preceded the Trump administration.
Not one Democrat asked about the potential risk riots pose to USPS personnel and mail delivery
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Here is more on the debacle that is the mail-in-voting process.
In this country, mail-in voting is supposed to be an accurate and acceptable way to vote. However, a recent experiment carried out by a local new station, had a very different result.
Although voting by mail seems as easy as mailing a letter, it might not be that simple. The timelines and protocols vary from state to state in regards to sending and receiving mail in ballots. According to CBSNews, in 2016, more than 73,000 out of 33 million mail-in ballots arrived too late to be counted.
Give the national situation with the coronavirus, mail-in voting is expected to be the preferred form of voting this year. Given that, “CBS This Morning” created an experiment, sending out 100 mock ballots, simulating 100 voters in locations across Philadelphia. This experiment was designed to see how long one should allow themselves, to ensure their vote counts.
Tammy Patrick, a former Arizona election official told “CBS This Morning”:
“We’re gonna see somewhere between probably 80 and 100 million voters receiving their ballot,”
CBSNews explained their process:
For the experiment, a P.O. box was set up to represent a local election office. A few days after the initial ballots were mailed, 100 more were sent.
The mock ballots used the same size envelope and same class of mail as real ballots, and even had mock votes folded in to approximate the weight. The biggest difference: real mail-in ballots have a logo that is meant to expedite them. “CBS This Morning” was unable to include those the trial.
When the P.O. box was checked a week after the initial ballots were mailed, most of them seemed to be missing.
When asked about the missing ballots, a postal worker said:
“I don’t see anything back there for you,”
When pressed, the postal worker said:
“That’s all I have back there right now.”
After asking for a manager and explaining the situation, amazingly the ballots were found.
The postal worker said:
“They had them somewhere else,”
Vote-by-mail experiment reveals potential problems within postal voting system ahead of November election https://t.co/s6hbkWEQ1Z
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 24, 2020
In addition to mis-sorted mail, there was another problem- missing ballots. Out of the 100 votes that were mailed out, only 97 had arrived successfully to the post office. This means, that about 3% of voters did not have their votes counted, which could be a make or break percentage when it comes to voting.
As the experiment continued, the second batch of ballots were counted four days after being mailed, and only about 21% had arrived at the post office.
According to Postal Service recommendations:
“voters should mail their return ballots at least one week prior to the due date.”
However, nearly half of all states still allow voters to request ballots less than a week before the election.
According to Tammy Patrick, many states’ mail-in voting policies simply do not take the postal system into account, considering nearly half of all states still allow ballot requests less than a week before the election.
“So states like Ohio, you can request your ballot on Saturday up until noon for Tuesday’s election,”
She went on to say:
“And that is the worst possible thing… you are setting up the voters with, and you’re setting them up to fail.”
— Conservative Tribune (@conserv_tribune) July 31, 2020
Some Americans say they are hesitant to trust the U.S. Postal Service, despite pandemic concerns.
When asked, mostly all who were interviewed said, they are worried or concerned about the efficiency of the US Mail system.
According to CBSNews, after nearly 15,000 votes arrived late in Philadelphia’s June primary, Deeley, who helps oversee elections, said voters are right to be wary.
“I can guarantee that I’m gonna get you your ballot, and if I get it back in time, it’s gonna be counted,”
“But I have no way of guaranteeing what happens in the postal service.”
The postmaster general declined “CBS This Morning’s” request for an interview, but in an emailed statement, the postal service said it was “committed to delivering election mail in a timely manner.”
You can read the US Postal Services full statement here.
More than 16 million mail-in ballots went missing between 2016 and 2018. Wonder why Democrats are pushing for mail-in voting?
Research shows that between the 2016 and 2018 elections, a healthy amount of mail-in ballots went missing in some way or another.
Over 16 million ballots to be precise, between the two election years.
When reviewing the 2018 midterm elections, approximately 42.4 million ballots were mailed out to registered voters. Out of all those mail-in ballots shot out to voters, about 1 million were “undeliverable,” over 430,000 were listed as “rejected,” and 10.5 million simply went missing.
This is why democrats want mail in voting. They make sure the people picking up the ballots are liberal democrat criminals. https://t.co/kc12aFiWxf
— Quibble (@quibbleframeup) April 11, 2020
Each and every time something like that transpires, it can be exploited.
Going back to the infamous 2016 election, roughly 41.6 million ballots were sent out to registered voters. In that instance, about 320,000 were “rejected,” over 568,000 mail-in ballots were described as “undeliverable,” and nearly 6 million ballots went missing overall.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation conducted the immense study pertaining to mail-in ballots, exposing the obvious flaws that exist on the smaller scale versus what’s being suggested by Democrats today.
J. Christian Adams, who serves as the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, stated the following about the findings:
“These represent 16 million opportunities for someone to cheat. Absentee ballot fraud is the most common; the most expensive to investigate; and can never be reversed after an election. The status quo was already bad for mail balloting. The proposed emergency fix is worse.”
The logic presented by Adams is spot on. If the current system of mail-in ballots shows already creates easy exploits for voter fraud, expanding the system only expands the gaps and vulnerabilities.
Certain areas during the 2018 midterms were hit harder than other for missing ballots. For instance, various counties in California saw over 3 million missing ballots in 2018, with 1.4 million of those intended only for Los Angeles, California.
Also, Maricopa County, Arizona had over 400,000 missing ballots in 2018; as well as King County, Washington losing around 353,000 in 2018.
That a lot of room for fraud to occur.
We even have a recent example stemming from Wisconsin, where hundreds of absentee ballots simply went undelivered. Then, they were magically discovered after local voting deadlines had passed.
BIG problems with Mail-In Voting in Wisconsin this week 👇🏻
"Attention turned to missing absentee ballots Wednesday as state officials reported three tubs of them were discovered in a mail processing center…"https://t.co/IHXx7hpLuS
— Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) April 11, 2020
Republican Sen. Dan Feyen commented on the situation with missing absentee ballots in the state:
“I learned today that the (Wisconsin Elections Commission) received a call from a postal service worker informing them 3 large tubs of absentee ballots from Oshkosh and Appleton, were just located.”
Meagan Wolfe, an administrator for the WEC, said she was communicating with the U.S. Postal Service about what might have gone wrong. So far, she hasn’t gotten any suitable response to satisfy ongoing inquiries:
“We don’t have answers on that at this point.”
But sure, mail-in voting would be perfectly fine for the national election later this year.
When President Trump was recently pressed by CNN’s Jim Acosta to deliver proof that voter fraud was a thing, Trump hit him with some hard facts.
It’s no secret that Jim Acosta of CNN continually inserts himself as a sparring partner for President Trump, usually in a very disrespectful, showboating sort of manner.
Recently, Jim Acosta called out the Trump administration and re-election campaign over statements made concerning mail-in ballots and how they would serve to perpetuate voter fraud.
Acosta called the notion out as fake news.
Charlie Spiering of Brietbart reports that Acosta demanded (?) evidence of such voter fraud – and the Trump group appeared happy to oblige.
Left-wing CNN activist Jim Acosta pressed Trump about claims that he made about voter fraud
Acosta continued to press Trump for evidence on the issue
Trump then brought up how voter ID laws are needed to prevent voter fraud … that shut Acosta up pretty quick
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 8, 2020
During a White House press briefing, Acosta insisted that “all the experts say voter fraud is rare.” He continued:
“You’ve been talking about voter fraud since the beginning of this administration and where is the evidence of it?”
“I think there’s a lot of evidence, but we’ll provide you with some, okay?”
Trump then referenced nine people charged in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with “vote harvesting” mail-in ballots.
Another reference included a person from New York who was stealing and submitting absentee ballots.
— Wayne King (@TheWayneKing) April 8, 2020
A person is Pennsylvania was caught receiving at least 7 ballots in the mail at the same address. The campaign also referenced a report by the Heritage Foundation that documented more than 1,000 proven cases of voter fraud.
The campaign also told of an expert in the field who said that although voter fraud is rare, “the most common type of such fraud in the United States involves absentee ballots.”
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) April 10, 2020
Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement:
“Democrats and the mainstream media always scoff at claims of voter fraud, but then completely ignore evidence from across the country. The obvious reason is that Democrats are just fine with the possibility of voter fraud. And many in the media just see the world their way.”
The Trump campaign also cited a Judicial Watch action to purge millions of ineligible voters from the rolls, and a joint project between President George W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carter that concluded mail-in ballots were “the largest source of voter fraud.”
A White House source told Breitbart News in a statement:
“Outside those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts, there’s a clear consensus that universal mail-in voting would be vulnerable to fraud.”
“Those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts.”
That fully describes CNN in general, and especially Jim Acosta.
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