As many feared, the election has ended, but it isn’t over. Ballots are still being tallied, and races in Nevada and Pennsylvania remain up in the air. Even when finished, there will be angry disputes. The counts will go on, but even when done they’ll be litigated for months. Blame the Democrats’ vote-by-mail scheme for the election chaos.
Fed up with riots, demonstrations, nonstop name-calling and demonization of political opponents, Americans speak longingly of a clear result to our elections that would let us all get on with our lives.
It wasn’t to be in 2020. Costly, and no doubt lengthy, legal challenges await. It may yet even be discovered that there was massive electoral fraud.
For this, you can thank mail-in voting, which the Democrats pushed as part of their “make every vote count” campaign (not to mention, of course, the four-year hate-affair the unhinged left in the Democratic Party conducted with President Donald Trump).
As has been noted repeatedly, expanding mail-in voting under the pretense of making voting easier during the lockdown was always spurious. We saw just how deceitful that was this week when the Centers for Disease Control told those with COVID-19 to go ahead and vote in person – just be careful.
So much for: “We have to vote by mail to keep people safe.”
Of course, voting by mail is fraught with potential for fraud, something that has been demonstrated by numerous studies.
How big is the problem? The federal Election Assistance Commission found that, between 2012 and 2018, 28.3 million mail-in ballots went unaccounted for. That’s equal to missing roughly 20% of “all absentee ballots and ballots mailed to voters residing in states that do elections exclusively by mail,” a recent Real Clear Politics piece noted.
At the very minimum, this poses serious risks to election security. Add the likelihood that some of the ballots have no doubt been used to perpetrate fraud, and you have the makings of a crisis of confidence in our voting system.
Even the New York Times once admitted this. Back in 2012, as President Barack Obama squared off against Republican Mitt Romney, the Times reported that voter fraud with mail-in ballots “is vastly more prevalent than the in-person voting fraud that has attracted far more attention, election administrators say. In Florida, absentee-ballot scandals seem to arrive like clockwork around election time.”
That’s thousands of miles away from their current stance.
Earlier, in 2008, the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project recommended that, rather than expanding vote-by-mail, states should instead “restrict or abolish on-demand absentee voting in favor of in-person early voting.”
So what’s to stop the fraudsters? Nothing, really. Most poll locations no longer require identification. You have to have a driver’s license to fly, to drive and to buy alcohol. But not to vote.
Millions of non-citizens have acquired Social Security numbers allowing them to work here. Does anyone believe that a no-I.D. registration requirement would be an impediment to them voting?
As for those who claim election fraud is just another right-wing fantasy, sorry, not so.
A recent report by investigative reporter John Solomon of Just The News found that our election system is rife with cheating:
A review of court cases and recent indictments – including one this week in Philadelphia against a former congressman – finds there have been at least four dozen cases in criminal and civil court since the last presidential election in 2016 in which voter fraud has led to charges, convictions, lawsuits or plea deals.
The schemes have ranged from old fashion ballot box stuffing to absentee and mail-in ballot fraud.
Of course, those are only instances that have been discovered. Given what we know about lax federal enforcement of laws regarding voting, we can be sure the problem is much bigger.
Then there’s the problem of putting our election system into the less-than-capable hands of the U.S. Postal Service.
As we noted, a number of postal employees recently have been discovered throwing ballots out, including one charged with election fraud in West Virginia just last summer.
Here are a few other recent examples from the news highlighting the problem of vote-by-mail and other vote fraud:
- Biden’s Texas Political Director Implicated in Massive Mail-In Ballot Harvesting Scheme in Harris County
- Voter Fraud in Ilhan Omar’s (Minnesota) District
- Colorado Encourages Dead People, Non-Citizens To Vote
- AZ Poll Workers Gave Voters a Sharpie to Vote and Then Threw Out Their Ballots, Lawsuit Claims
And those were from just one week in late September. If there were GOP examples, we didn’t find them. If there are, they’re just as wrong. Mere differences of opinion about voting or opposition to outright fraud is called “voter suppression” by the left.
It’s time Americans admit that they’ve in fact been defrauded by the Democratic Party, which has systematically sought to undermine our voting laws by ignoring them. The linchpin of this effort has been vote-by-mail, which has delayed our election outcome, made the results less clear and reliable in the public’s eyes, and created a farcical air around one of our most sacred privileges: The vote.
This is nothing new. It goes back at least to 2000, when the Democrats found that they could make large accusations of fraud in legitimate elections and manipulate Democrat-appointed judges to invalidate Republican votes.
During the Obama years, of course, it died down. Barack Obama beat John McCain and Mitt Romney. Other than calling them both “fascists” and “Hitler,” voting shenanigans were minimized.
In 2016, they thought they got their dream opponent: Donald Trump. He was brash, bold, loud, in charge, unorthodox, at times crude, and freely aired his no-holds-barred opinions.
After he won the shocking 2016 election, Democrats saw he was not a clown but an authentic agent of political change, mostly conservative. They tried to take him down with a phony investigation for “Russian collusion.” They tried to impeach him. They let their extremist wing of Antifa and BLM adherents trash America’s major cities. They shut down the economy to fight a virus that’s not even close to as deadly as first predicted. They pushed to have voting by mail, the most fraud-prone voting method of all.
Now, we’ll have months of nightmarish lawsuits, sudden “discovery” of lots of questionable Democratic ballots, and more questionable vote counts, to ensure that Donald Trump doesn’t serve a second term. That’s the context for our current electoral chaos.
As with so many other rights these days — free speech, religious belief, the right to bear arms and to own and use property — our ability to vote for those who would represent us has been imperiled. Yet, it is the essence of a true republic. Protecting your rights begins with protecting your ability to vote without interference or intimidation.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board