Those responsible for delivering mail-in ballots just endorsed Joe Biden for President. Let that sink in. (Op-ed)

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The Democrats are desperate to implement mail-in balloting for the November general election.

They are so adamant about it that anyone with working brain cells should be able to interpret that as they know mail-in voting would help them. If there was any belief it would benefit the president or Republicans, they would be opposed to it.

Now, Breitbart News is reporting that those who would be an integral part of the process have endorsed Joe Biden for president.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) endorsed Biden after they had previously endorsed Bernie Sanders in the primaries.

The union said it was a “stark choice” and quoted its president when making the announcement earlier this month:

“The Executive Board fully recognizes and respects that our fellow members hold a wide array of political views and that their choices in this election will be a matter of personal conscience. However, the contrast in this presidential race is clear for postal workers,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“Donald Trump’s policies have made it abundantly clear that he is serious threat to our decent postal jobs, our unions and to the right of the people to a public Postal Service. Joe Biden has committed to support the Postal Service and its dedicated postal workers. Our union will continue to help build the movement to defend the public Postal Service and win a more just society.”

Republicans have been concerned about possible manipulation of a mail-in voting scheme, and their concerns may be valid. Several stories have recently surfaced about postal employees’ attempts to influence elections utilizing their positions in the mail chain.

For example, this past week a letter carrier in Fort Bend County, Texas allegedly threw a box of sheriff’s campaign mailers into a dumpster.

According to WFLA, a business owner observed the incident on surveillance video. It showed the postal worker exit a vehicle carrying a large box, then approach a trash container behind a gate, come out empty-handed and then drive away. Shortly afterward, a stack of campaign fliers for Sheriff Troy Nehls was found in the trash container.

“A federal employee, taking this and throwing it in a dumpster,” he said. “Not a good day, not a good day for America. And we really don’t know, has this mail carrier done it before?”

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Meanwhile last month, a letter carrier thought he would “play a joke” and change partisan preference on five ballot applications from Democrat to Republican, according to the Federal Times.

The man, Thomas Cooper was accused of altering the requests after he picked them up from would be voters.

This past April, a number of ballots sent by the village of Fox Point, Wisconsin went undelivered by the Postal Service.

“The ballots are not stamped undeliverable or anything. They just never got mailed, said village manager Scott Botcher to PBS Wisconsin.

Last year, the Republican party in Pima County, Arizona accused postal workers of tossing mail-in ballots because partisan information was printed on the outside of the envelope.

“The U.S. mail personnel knew what a person’s registration was when they were delivering the mail, and Democrat mail letter carriers tossed those ballots in the garbage, said David Eppiheimer to Arizona Public Media.

The USPS denied the allegations.

Further back in 2016, a mail worker in Berkeley, California was alleged to have dumped nearly 100 ballot guides into a recycling bin.

However, KNTV thought there was more to it:

“[Scott] Wheeler pulled the guides out of the bin before the recycling truck arrived, brought them to his apartment and called authorities. HE says this incident, coupled with another voting snafu the previous week when he was deactivated as a voter because U.S.P.S. thought he no longer lived there, signifies a problem with either the post officer of the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.”

At the time, the news station was told by the registrar for Alameda County that another voter had been suspended “because we received postcard from post office saying they were no longer living there.”

There are a number of possible fraud incidents involving the post office, or postal employees. In yet another case, the Wisconsin Republican Party sent a mailing out on behalf of two candidates and a postal employee was suspected of throwing away political fliers. He was fired.

Rickey Krueger was convicted after being arrested for throwing 879 fliers into the trash.

He “denied political motives,” according to the Green Bay Press Gazette, and instead said the reason he threw out the fliers was due to a “sore shoulder.” He further said that he “felt overwhelmed by the number of mailings.”

We have all heard the saying: “When someone is showing you their right hand, watch out what they’re holding in the left.”

With this mail-in voter scheme, the Democrats are showing you “safety and security” due to the coronavirus in their right hand, while in their left hand they’re holding voter fraud. And with willing accomplices in the postal union, which just endorsed their candidate, it’s easy to see what the Democrats are really up to.

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PATERSON, NJ- The President has been warning about it… and many are denying it’s “a thing”.  So welcome to the latest example of voter fraud.

United States President Donald Trump issued a warning concerning mail in voting being a way to introduce voter fraud if expanded.  He recently tweeted:

“RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!” 

Attorney General William Barr told Fox News that voting by mail “absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud.”

Barr stated:

“Right now, a foreign country could print up tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots, and it’d be very hard for us to detect which was the right and which was the wrong ballot. So, I think it can — it can upset and undercut the confidence in the integrity of our elections. If anything, we should tighten them up right now.” 

These reports were taken as a conspiracy theory, something that cannot happen in the United States. 

One ‘expert,’ Lawrence Norden, who is he director for the Election Reform Program for the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York School of Law, stated that his belief that this type of voter fraud was “nonsense.”    

Yet, in Paterson, New Jersey, elections were held strictly through mail in ballots due to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

As a result, it is suspected that fraud was done and made easier due to people being forced to use mail in ballots.  Perhaps not a foreign entity, but, fraud, nonetheless.  Two of the people charged in the case are the winners of the election. 

The four men arrested Thursday in the alleged voter fraud scheme in Pateron. Left to right from top left: Shelim Khalique, Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-elect Alex Mendez, and Abu Kazyen. (Courtesy: New Jersey Attorney General's Office)
The four men arrested Thursday in the alleged voter fraud scheme in Pateron. Left to right from top left: Shelim Khalique, Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-elect Alex Mendez, and Abu Kazyen. (Courtesy: New Jersey Attorney General’s Office)

Four people were charged with voter mail fraud, among them were Councilman Michael Jackson and Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez. 

The criminal investigation started when the United States Postal Inspection Service reported hundreds of mail-in ballots being in the mailbox in the area which is something out of the ordinary if mailed normally. 

It is alleged that all four persons involved in this scheme unlawfully collected the ballots, potentially changed the votes, and turned them into the post office. 

Councilman-Elect Mendez has been charged with second-degree election fraud amongst five other crimes. 

It is alleged that Mendez handled one or more applications which he knew or should have known “false, fictitious, or fraudulent, in that he knew the person for whom the application was procured was not eligible to vote in the election district identified on the application,” according to authorities.

According to New Jersey State Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal:

“Today’s charges send a clear message: if you try to tamper with an election in New Jersey, we will find you and we will hold you accountable.  We will not allow a small number of criminals to undermine the public’s confidence in our democratic process.” 

The charges against all of those involved come from a state investigation into the elections in Paterson.  The investigation into this election was known by some in the political realm after there were allegations, apparently for good reason, of fraud during the vote by mail process. 

Investigators advise that this criminal case is still ongoing. 

There are other candidates in this election which have accused others of stealing their votes or implying in some manner that fraud has happened which has caused them to lose the election.  It is unclear if any others in this probe will be criminally charged. 

It turns out that President Trump’s concern of voter fraud, at least in this instance, may be correct.  It did not take much for those involved to, at minimum, take the ballots from those who were participating in the election.  Whether the votes were actually changed or not, that is up to a jury to decide. 

Mail-in voting seems to always guarantee one thing: missing or undeliverable ballots.

According to reports detailed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the last four election cycles from 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 has seen over 28 million mail-in ballots go missing in one way or another.

When looking at 2012, there was slightly over 33 million ballots sent out via mail. Of those shot out, over 3.7 million of them came back as “Status Unknown” according to the 2012 report.

That’s not including the over 425,000 that came back as “Undeliverable.” Every one of those ballots that goes missing or undelivered can be exploited for fraudulent voting.

A million missing ballots is a million opportunities for foul play.

So, one would be hardly surprised that 2014 carried some of the same kind of shenanigans, just with higher “Status Unknown” mail-in ballots. Over 8 million ballots were listed as “Status Unknown,” with over 600,000 ballots being listed as “Undeliverable.”

We reported before on the fiasco that was mail-in voting between 2016 and 2018, which was what brought us up to this near-thirty-million sum of mail-in ballots gone missing. Here’s the 2016 and 2018 details we mentioned earlier in April:

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.

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.”

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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.

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.

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