If you are like us, you’re sick and tired of being labeled a “denier” any time you challenge the left’s agenda. Don’t believe the earth will be destroyed unless we all live like cavemen? You are a climate denier! You worry about side effects from an experimental new vaccine. Vaccine denier!
And if you suspect that election fraud is a real problem, you’re an election denier!
The problem is that the “deniers” keep turning out to be right.
The latest example came out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, earlier this month, when a judge overturned the primary election for mayor because of an “unprecedented” volume of evidence showing ballot fraud, including surveillance footage exposing supporters of the incumbent stuffing stacks of absentee ballots into drop boxes.
Even CNN, which can always be relied on to dismiss election fraud as a myth, was forced to admit that “the Connecticut case does highlight the potential vulnerabilities with mail-in voting.”
Just as a reminder, this is exactly what “election deniers” have been saying since 2020, when Democrats used COVID as an excuse to implement widespread mail-in voting schemes across the country.
This is hardly the only recent case of election fraud involving mail-in ballots.
In October, Paterson, New Jersey, the city council president was charged with personally collecting large numbers of mail-in ballots in his district and replacing the ones that didn’t vote for him with ones that did.
In Iowa earlier this year, the wife of a candidate was hit with 52 counts of fraud for allegedly filling out and casting absentee ballots on behalf of her husband, who was running in the Republican congressional primaries.
A search of the Heritage Foundation’s election fraud database finds 127 convictions for election fraud since the 2020 elections, almost half of which involved absentee ballots. Heritage is quick to point out that these numbers wildly undercount actual instances of fraud because the database doesn’t include cases that went unreported or that prosecutors decided not to pursue — which happens all too often.
As J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, and Hans von Spakovsky, manager of Heritage’s election law reform initiative, write:
We saw this when we both worked in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. With few exceptions, the attorneys we worked with were openly hostile toward prosecuting election fraud. Even raising the issue of election crimes was considered controversial and evidence of ‘discriminatory conduct,’ because they falsely claimed any such prosecution is ‘voter suppression.’
Still, no matter how much actual, concrete evidence there is that fraud is a real threat to the integrity of elections, Democrats and their water carriers in the media will continue to insist that it “isn’t widespread.”
That’s always been a canard. Election fraud doesn’t need to be widespread. By definition, it’s going to be targeted at states or localities with close elections where tampering with a few ballots can affect the outcome — and a surprisingly large number of elections end up in ties or are decided by one vote. (Which is why it’s so curious that the irregularities in the 2020 election all seemed to be concentrated in states that Democrats knew would be close and where Joe Biden ended up beating Donald Trump by very narrow margins.)
Just to be clear, we are not saying the 2020 election was rigged or that Biden stole the election. We will never know the answer to that. But what we are saying is that voter trust in the integrity of our elections will never be restored so long as one side keeps insisting that election fraud is a myth, while doing everything it can to make cheating easier.
That, dear reader, is the real threat to democracy.
So, it’s high time to turn the tables on the left. Let’s start by calling them “election fraud deniers.” Or maybe “election-fraud-phobes.” Or … well … pick your epithet.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board