PHILADELPHIA, PA– Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing to see.
Officials finally admitted that a laptop and memory sticks used to program voting machines were stolen from a city warehouse in East Falls Pennsylvania.
Some argue that the concern among officials is that President Trump would notice the story and use it to highlight further concerns on the integrity of elections in Philadelphia.
Some would almost hope that a theft of this type might indicate some kind of hanky-panky in Philadelphia. For their part, the Philadelphia Inquirer is doing their best to negate the idea that anything could go wrong with voting in their state.
According to them, President Trump’s concerns amount to “false claims and conspiracy theories.” They feel so strongly about this that they cast the president as a liar five times in their article on the stolen election materials.
The article stated that President Trump made false statements on Twitter, and that and evidence that Republican poll watchers were turned away from early voting sites is thin.
The Inquirer admits the poll watchers were turned away, but then tries to deny it by redefining “early voting sites” as different from “polling places” that poll watchers normally have access to.
In other words, the Inquirer strongly implies the president is a liar on the basis of a semantic difference between the terms “early voting” and “voting”, where the operative word is “voting.”
If votes are cast, poll watchers can expect to be granted access. If they aren’t, it is fair to say that they weren’t without being accused of lying to the public.
And what is all this talk of Trump about anyway? In the middle of frequent asides about President Trump, the Inquirer article tells us that the stolen devices are actually kind of important.
According to the city officials in the article, the flash drives are used to program the voting machines. The integrity of these devices is so important that each is coded so that they can only be used in one machine with a matching code.
If it is inserted into any other machine, it prompts an error that shuts the machine down and requires an investigation to determine if it has been compromised.
Each of the machines is sealed and numbered after they’ve been set up, yet several of the machines in the Philadelphia storage facility had the wrong seal numbers. Maybe it’s nothing, an honest mistake.
Just to be sure though, those machines “will be thoroughly examined, wiped, and tested,” according to Nick Custodio, deputy to city commissioner Lisa Deeley.
Officials advised they have also remotely deactivated the stolen laptop so that it cannot be used. Left unsaid is whether it could have done any damage before it was deactivated.
If all else fails, the city has physical ballots that can be recounted by hand if needed, according to Wanda Murren, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The Inquirer article has three main points. The first is that extremely sensitive equipment used in voting machines has been stolen.
Secondly, it’s nothing to worry about because officials have everything under control.
Third, President Trump is a liar, so you can’t trust him.
A fourth faint echo of a point is, “please trust us instead.”
The question is: “should we?”
In the article describing Trump as a liar, they contradict themselves, thus exposing the fact that he didn’t lie, nor did he make false statements. One could quibble about legalistic or semantic definitions, but in the end, Trump was right.
More voter fraud??https://t.co/qOi8PYERHM
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) October 1, 2020
This happens every time anyone says that the president has lied or made false statements about voter fraud. They say it doesn’t happen, therefore President Trump is lying when he says it does happen.
Trump responds by mentioning real cases of prosecuted voter fraud or suspicious circumstances, such as discarded military votes , all votes for Trump.
One could argue that when mail-in voter fraud is found, it tends to prove Trump’s claim that mail-in voter fraud actually occurs. That would go against the Inquirer’s point that when the president talks about genuine examples of voter fraud, he is lying about the existence of voter fraud.
City officials are urging anyone with information on the stolen laptop and voting machine memory sticks to contact the Philadelphia police at 215-686-TIPS.
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WASHINGTON DC – Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been very critical about the act of ballot harvesting for some time, even going as far as to share a video online on September 18th where she pushed for legislation banning the act of ballot harvesting.
But when the recent video series released by Project Veritas came out that alleged a cash-for-votes scheme in Minneapolis was playing out, Rep. Gabbard said that this report further cemented why ballot harvesting needs to go:
“Project Veritas offers further evidence of the need to ban ballot harvesting. It’s not a partisan issue. It’s been abused to help both R & D candidates, including in North Carolina & California. Please help by telling your congressional rep to pass our bipartisan bill HR8285.”
With the released of the Project Veritas videos alleging an illegal form of ballot harvesting, which includes paying voters money in exchange for their ballots, the Minneapolis Police Department noted that they’re currently investigating the claims:
“ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER FRAUD BEING EVALUATED. The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting. We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements. No further information is available at this time on this.”
As for bill HR8285 that Rep. Gabbard makes mention of in the Twitter post, the contents and rational for the bill is further explained in the video that accompanied said post.
In the video, Rep. Gabbard notes that the election is ever-looming, and that it’s “critical to remember” that the integrity of the upcoming election requires that the people “have faith” that their vote is actually going toward their preferred candidate.
She then pivots to the one practice that is still widespread that can hinder the very integrity of our national election, namely, ballot harvesting:
“Right now, there are still many states in our country that allow for something called ballot harvesting. This is a system that allows for third parties to collect and deliver ballots for other people, potentially large numbers of people.”
Rep. Gabbard explains that this chain of custody that gets inserted into the voting process carries with it enormous liability concerns on whether someone’s vote actually makes it to the ballot:
“Unfortunately, ballot harvesting has allowed for fraud and abuse to occur by those who could tamper with or discard ballots to try to sway an election for or against a certain candidate or party.”
Considering the ongoing pandemic affecting the country, Rep. Gabbard points out that there’s likely going to be an increased number of mail-in ballots which could then translate into the increased presence of ballot harvesters:
“Now, our vote is our voice. So whether in the midst of a pandemic, as we are now, where mail-in voting is likely to drastically increase, or even in a normal election, no one, no one should get in between a voter and the ballot box.”
She further notes that while some states have banned the practice of ballot harvesting, there are still numerous other states that allow the practice to go on uninhibited.
Rep. Gabbard says that ballot harvesting “allows for abuse from third parties collecting and mishandling ballots,” which she stated has posed problems in recent elections.
That’s when Rep. Gabbard detailed her newly introduced legislation:
“Now to protect the integrity of our vote in our elections, I’ve introduced legislation called the Election Fraud Prevention Act with my friend Representative Rodney Davis. Our bipartisan bill protects the chain of custody for every one of our ballots by prohibiting funding from going to states that allow this practice of ballot harvesting to occur.”
According to her proposal, by removing funding for states that allow this sort of act to transpire, Rep. Gabbard says that it will serve as a means to address and ban the practice within a state.
Currently, Rep. Gabbard says that she’s urging “leaders in Congress” to act on the legislation quickly to reintroduce integrity within the election process.