Archive for the ‘Early Voting’ Category

During a tour-de-force presentation this afternoon, Rudy Giuliani presented a lengthy list of evidence of systematic voter fraud encompassing multiple battleground states. The news conference was part scolding of the MSM for being totally incurious about the system that Democrats have allegedly put together, part presentation of signed affidavits from people with firsthand information from the vote-counting locations.

It’s especially disheartening that FNC wrote “His descriptions largely entailed recitations of allegations put forth in several lawsuits that the Trump campaign has filed. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the projected winner in the contest, but the Trump campaign is contesting those calls, raising concerns in several battleground states.” These weren’t “recitations of allegations put forth in several lawsuits.” Giuliani cited specific affidavits, which are sworn out under penalty of perjury. I expect that sloppiness from CNN or the NYTimes. I expect better from FNC because I’ve gotten better from FNC in the past.

Later in the article, the reporter contradicted himself:

[Giuliani] cited sworn affidavits from cases in Pennsylvania and Michigan from poll workers who spoke about instructions from supervisors. One affidavit said that workers in Pennsylvania were instructed to assign ballots without names to random people, resulting in thousands of people in Pittsburgh showing up to the polls to find that votes had been cast in their names.

Another affidavit said that a supervisor in Michigan instructed workers to change the dates on absentee ballots to show that they arrived earlier than they had. An affidavit also claimed that workers were told not to request photo identification from Michigan voters, even though state law requires it.

Giuliani also said that approximately 100,000 absentee ballots in Wisconsin should have been deemed invalid because there were no applications for them. President-elect Joe Biden leads President Trump in that state by roughly 20,000 votes. “If you count the lawful votes, Trump won Wisconsin,” Giuliani said.

These aren’t allegations. They’re eyewitness testimony from people who witnessed the law not being followed.

It’s time that the MSM paid attention to these details. Saying that the Trump campaign hasn’t collected evidence of wrongdoing is BS. It’s a fabrication on steroids. This isn’t acceptable in a developed nation. If the judiciary sanctions this level of fraud, we might as well disband the judiciary because our system of checks and balances will have disappeared.

Last night, Sean Hannity talked about a number of things that need changing before the 2022 midterm elections. I’ve been talking about changing election laws for months so I’d better throw in my 2 cents worth. One thing that’s important to change is the last date that early voting/mail-in/absentee ballots can be submitted. I’d love a change to end early voting but that isn’t likely with Democrats controlling enough governorships or state legislative bodies to prevent that outcome.

If the words ‘early voting’ mean anything, then the last day of early voting shouldn’t be the day before Election Day. The only reason to have it that late is to create a chaotic system. If you want an orderly system, you have to end early voting 7-10 days before Election Day. Further, you allow the counting and inspection of early voting/absentee/mail-in ballots a week before Election Day.

To ensure accountability with mail-in, early and absentee ballots, ballots and envelopes should have a barcode printed on it. Day of Election, aka DOE, ballots shouldn’t have a barcode on them. That way, we could separate DOE ballots from mail-in, early and absentee ballots.

As usual, Kim Strassel’s article highlights the problems she found:

Yet the beauty of ballot harvesting is that it is nearly impossible to prove fraud. How many harvesters offered to deliver votes, only to throw away inconvenient ones? How many voters were pushed or cajoled, or even paid—or had a ballot filled and returned for them without their knowledge? And this is before questions of what other mischief went on amid millions of mailed ballots (which went to wrong addresses or deceased people) and reduced voter verification rules. As the Heritage Foundation’s election expert Hans von Spakovsky has explained, mail-in voting is the “single worst form of election possible” because “it moves the entire election beyond the oversight of election officials.”

Election integrity legislation should be the first priority of every GOP legislator or governor in 2021. Legislators and governors should insist that accountability be their state’s highest priority. If possible, wipe away the agreements that courts reached with Democrat politicians:

Using the virus as an excuse, Democratic and liberal groups brought scores of lawsuits to force states to adopt its provisions. Many Democratic politicians and courts happily agreed. States mailed out ballots to everyone. Judges disregarded statutory deadlines for receipt of votes. They scrapped absentee-ballot witness requirements. States set up curbside voting and drop-off boxes. They signed off on ballot harvesting.

Challenging these courts’ rulings is the essential first step. Get federal courts involved as often as possible. That’s why President Trump nominated all those conservative judges and Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell got them confirmed. Put them to work.

These are just the first few suggestions. They aren’t the only things that need fixing to implement election security. This project requires vigilance, activism and educating/persuading people. Let’s get this system fixed.

After hearing about the shenanigans involving Jerry Relph’s state senate race, its’ safe to say that it’s time to fix Minnesota’s early and absentee voting systems. I’ve been warning about the imperfections (that’s polite for ‘horrific flaws’) in the system for months now. First, early voting shouldn’t be neverending.

This year, Minnesotans started voting early on Sept. 18th, almost 2 weeks before the first debate. Early voting ended the day before Election Day. That’s over 6 weeks of voting. That’s far too long. If this is early voting, why does it last until the day before the election? The answer is that Democrats want to catch as many voters as possible. I don’t. My highest priority is to give everyone a reasonable amount of time to vote. If people don’t vote within a 2 week window, then it’s apparent that voting isn’t a priority for them. If it isn’t their priority, then it shouldn’t be our priority either.

Next in terms of changes, early voting shouldn’t start until after the first presidential debate. Historically, the first presidential debate (going back to 2004) has been held between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. It’s perfectly reasonable to start early voting on the Monday closest to Oct. 10. Further, to avoid Election Day confusion, ending early voting on the Saturday closest to Oct. 25 is thoroughly reasonable. That gives people more than 2 weeks to vote early. If they don’t vote early within that 2 week period, they can vote on Election Day. If that still isn’t enough, then that’s the person’s problem, not society’s.

Third, it’s apparent that most states don’t do a good job of updating their Statewide Voter Registration System, aka SVRS. This must become a priority for elections to be free of corruption. Today in Nevada, Ric Grenell talked about 23,000+ ballots that were sent out to a) people who don’t live in Nevada anymore, b) dead people and c) people that’ve move within Nevada:

I know a little about this from my past career. At Fingerhut, we used to run something called NCOA, aka National Change Of Address. There’s no reason why county offices in charge of the SVRS shouldn’t get a monthly report of people who moved to another state, people who died and people recently convicted of a felony. The person in charge of updating the SVRS must be required to make all updates within a week. Also, the legislative auditor’s office should be required to audit this new office 4 times a year.

After his Super Tuesday victories, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden insisted that he was riding a wave of “Joementum.” At the time, Biden was riding wave of momentum. At the time, Biden said “People are talking about a revolution. We started a movement.”

In the final days of this election, virtually no momentum is visible regarding the Biden campaign. Democrats are worried, especially in Florida:

Democrats are concerned about lower enthusiasm among Latino voters in the final days of the 2020 campaign, warning it could cause the party and its presidential nominee Joe Biden to come up short in key states on Election Day.

Latino voters make up large portions of the electorate in a number of crucial states, including two top battlegrounds, Arizona and Florida, as well as Texas, where Biden’s campaign is mounting a late push, and Nevada, where President Donald Trump is seeking to broaden his own map.

That’s what nomentum looks like. I don’t know what these pundits were talking about:

I know what this looks like:

That’s what Trump momentum 2 days out from the election looks like. With a huge anticipated wave of GOP voters expected in the battleground states, things are looking good for Team Trump.

If we’re going to have early voting, which seems inevitable, we need to implement major structural changes to guarantee election integrity. Here’s my list of features to this election system:

  1. Early voting can’t start before the first debate.
  2. To guarantee no confusion, all mail-in ballots must be post-marked before the final Friday before the election.
  3. Limit early voting to 3 weeks total.
  4. Eliminate ballot-harvesting.
  5. Eliminate unsolicited ballot mail-out.
  6. Highlight the risks of mail ballots.

Bullet point 1 is essential to informed voting. This weekend, we learned that Democrat Senate candidate Cal Cunningham “conducted a covert sexting relationship with the wife of an Army combat veteran.” How many of those voters wish that they could scrap their ballot and start over?

The next bullet point is essential, too. Society has a legitimate interest in election integrity. That’s actually part of Justice John Paul Stevens majority opinion in the Crawford v. Marion County opinion, which I quoted here:

While petitioners argue that the statute was actually motivated by partisan concerns and dispute both the significance of the State’s interests and the magnitude of any real threat to those interests, they do not question the legitimacy of the interests the State has identified. Each is unquestionably relevant to the State’s interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.

Next, eliminating ballot harvesting is essential to election integrity. BTW, I expect Democrats to object to eliminating ballot harvesting. That should indicate waht their intentions are. If Democrats oppose the elimination of ballot harvesting the next time they run for election. Tulsi Gabbards explains why eliminating ballot harvesting is essential:

This statement beautifully explains why eliminating ballot harvesting is essential.
Eliminating the unsolicited ballots mail-out will eliminate the mailing out of illegitimate ballots. I’m betting that the states have done a terrible job of keeping their states’ SVRS (Statewide Voter Registration System) updated. States that fight maintaining their SVRS should have their top election official arrested. Standing in the way of election integrity isn’t acceptable.

States should be required to explain the risks of mail-in ballots. Chief among them is the rejection rate due to forgetting to sign the ballot application, the application signature not matching voter registration signature or other defects.

If it’s safe to go grocery shopping, then it’s safe to vote in person. For those who have co-mobidities, they should have a fool-proof system that protects election integrity. Our citizens deserve nothing less. Finally, it isn’t essential to have early voting last from mid-September to Election Day. If voters can’t vote within a 3-week window, then it’s safe to say that voting isn’t a priority to them. If it isn’t a priority to them, it shouldn’t be a priority to society. Period. Full stop.

According to this website, Minnesota’s early voting “runs from Friday, September 18, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020.” Technically, ending early voting the day before Election Day is ending early. Tonight on Almanac, Joe Mansky, the former director of Ramsey County elections, was interviewed by Mary Lahammer. The most noteworthy thing Mansky said was “Minnesota is one of the states that can process and count ballots prior to Election Day. As a matter of fact, the legislature did election officials a big favor by authorizing earlier this year, election officials can count for 2 weeks prior to Election Day, which they’ll need given the number of ballots we’ll receive.”

Then Mansky added “The overwhelming majority of ballots will be counted by the time we get to 8:00 pm Election Night.” That’s great news for Republicans. If President Trump does well in Minnesota, there’s a strong possibility that they’ll be able to call Minnesota during Election Night coverage. Here’s the entire interview:

The definition of early is “in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.” Ending early voting the night before Election Day hardly fits the dictionary definition of early voting, especially when you factor in mail-in early voting. According to Mansky, ballots post-marked by Election Day still count even though the ballots wouldn’t get counted until (perhaps) a week after the election.

It’s time we defined what early voting means at the federal level. If we don’t do it there, then there’s a strong probability that we’ll finish with a hodge-podge of different definitions. I’m not opposed to different states having different dates. I’m opposed to having some states accept ballots post-marked on Election Day while other states stop accepting mail-in ballots a week before Election Day.

The goal would be to a) have all early voting ballots sent in before Election Day and b) have them counted before Election Day. I want to keep federal elections out of federal courts. The federal government has a responsibility to maintain election integrity. Having a system where mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day triggering a federal lawsuit (or a series of federal lawsuits) doesn’t maintain election integrity.

Finally, federalism doesn’t automatically mean that the states and municipalities do everything. It simply means that each level of government looks after that level’s interests.