WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Postal Service has been under scrutiny over the general election that ended in the first week of November.
Why? Because many of the ballots that were sent through the mail were significantly delayed and in some cases, possibly lost.
It lead to 2,000 ballots that were recently found being rushed to election offices in the states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Yeah… now they're rushing…
— tommy boy (@TomCroteau1966) November 6, 2020
The USPS was under a rush to get all of the ballots delivered before a November 6th deadline. They were also under a federal Judges order to conduct two sweeps of their facilities daily to ensure there were no ballots left unaccounted.
The order from the Federal Judge, Emmet Sullivan, was made after the USPS had announced that they had 300,000 votes that had been scanned into their facility.
But there was no record of them leaving or being delivered to their final destination.
The USPS was quick to point out that just because there was no tracking information available for those ballots, it did not mean that they were lost or not delivered.
Report: USPS Rushing to Deliver 2,000 Ballots in PA and NC https://t.co/4Yg4Gv57Ml
— Patricia Dickson (@Patrici15767099) November 6, 2020
North Carolina and Alaska are still waiting to call the winners for their states. Part of the reason for North Carolina may be because they are still waiting for additional ballots to be processed.
Ballots in Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Philadelphia were part of the over 2,000 ballots that were found in postal facilities in the two different states and sent to election officials when they were discovered.
Republicans have given repeated warnings over the course of the last few months that there would be issues with the mail in ballots. They also voiced concerns over the legitimacy of them.
President Trump and Republican supporters have voiced concerns that the ballots that are incoming could be fraudulent, and/or, accepted after voting was ended which would invalidate them by law.
It’s something that the House Freedom Caucus is also concerned about. They issued a statement which read in part:
“The integrity of our election is in grave jeopardy. Never before have vote counting officials shut down centers for no other reason than that the sitting President was winning. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, they shut out all GOP legally qualified election count observers.”
They also added:
“President Trump is working tirelessly to fight the massive levels of Democratic fraud and corruption which have now all but engulfed our once-sacred election process. May God continue to shed his grace on our wonderful nation, and may truth, decency, and democracy prevail in this time of widespread deceit. Count ever legal vote.”
Some of the issue that President Trump and the House Freedom Caucus are concerned over were reports that Pennsylvania had reported that they were no longer counting any votes on election night.
A report that was widely reported on as results continued coming in from other states and is disputed.
Per @NBCNews, vote counting in western Pennsylvania has stopped for the night, to resume at 10:00 AM
— Michael Craighton (@mjcraighton) November 4, 2020
According to USA Today, there was never a claim that was made that Pennsylvania election officials were suspending the vote count, although, if you tuned in to news stations during the election that is inaccurate.
However, they claim that the vote count never stopped, rather, officials in the state just released a statement that they would no longer be reporting on them throughout the night.
USA Today claims that the confusion started when Investigative Reporter Max M Marin reported on social media:
“No more mail ballot results tonight.”
He later deleted the post and then wrote:
“Philadelphia City Commissioners say there will be no additional update on mail ballot votes tonight. Ballot counting has NOT stopped. It goes on 24-7. ‘It’s just a reporting issue, it’s not a counting issue.’”
Philadelphia City Commissioners say there will be no additional update on mail ballot votes tonight.
Ballot counting has NOT stopped. It goes on 24-7.
“It’s just a reporting issue, it’s not a counting issue” pic.twitter.com/SFAyWaDpm3
— Max M. Marin (@MaxMMarin) November 4, 2020
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John James campaign accusing local officials of voter suppression and election interference in Michigan Senate race
November 5, 2020
DETROIT, MI- As Michigan continued to count ballots the day after Election Day, Republican John James’ Senate campaign accused local officials of impropriety, voter suppression, and election interference after incumbent Gary Peters picked up hundreds of thousands of votes overnight.
Fox News reported that James’ allegations came as chaos unfolded outside a vote tally room at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit where all mail-in absentee ballots were being collected. The chaos caused officials to place cardboard over the window in order to obstruct the public’s view as well as bar individuals from coming into the room.
Stuart Sandler, a consultant for James’ campaign, who also observed the count as a volunteer lawyer, told Fox News that they believe there were “a lot of irregularities” throughout the process that must be looked into. Sandler said in a statement:
“There were all kinds of chicanery, including ballots that came in reportedly in the middle of the night at 3:30 a.m. 35,000 ballots that were deceptively brought in.”
“There have been a lot of irregularities and lack of integrity. They’re not letting challengers in, they’re not letting them get food or water. When they do, they’re not letting them come back. There are all sorts of disruptions to the process.”
Up until the early mornings hours on Wednesday, November 4, James was holding a significant lead. Sandler has alleged that Mark Brewer, a former state Democratic chairman, organized the arrival of dozens of lawyers and activists to the TCF Center in order to “disrupt the process.” Sandler said:
“There’s a lack of integrity there. The people of Michigan made their choice and they’ve been trying to disrupt the process and we’re reviewing our options.”
However, Brewer insisted that the process of counting ballots has been the cleanest and most effective Detroit has ever had. He said in a statement to the Associated Press:
“This is the best absentee ballot counting operation that Detroit has ever had. They are counting ballots very efficiently, despite the obstructing tactics of the Republicans.”
Still, a source close to James’ campaign said:
“Poll challengers weren’t even able to get close enough to the ballot for the voter rolls to confirm that the ballots are credible, that people didn’t already vote.”
Previously, Michigan’s Secretary of State said she was expecting 2.5 million absentee ballots. However, by the morning of November 4th, a sourced alleged that that total increased to 5.6 million with the majority going up in places like Detroit.
Former State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, who is a registered poll watcher and was on the scene, told Fox News that what he witnessed was an “obfuscation and a complete lack of transparency.” He said in a statement:
“We’re being expressly denied the access to the ballot count area, at the most critical time. And you know, it’s very telling.”
“I can tell you right now, it’s not a free and fair election and I’ve been watching this for quite a while. So, get the word out, Democrats are attempting to steal the election and the best way to go off and fight back on this is to let people know what’s happening.”
The complaints from the James campaign follow the announcement from President Donald Trump’s campaign also alleging a lack of access to counting stations. Trump 2020 campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said in a statement:
“President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.”
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