President Trump has repeatedly expressed a lack of trust in universal mail-in voting schemes, and recent events confirm that he’s right to be concerned.
This week the New York City Board of Elections (BOE) published an alert in response to numerous voters’ complaints, including from CNN’s Nathan McDermott, that they’d received mail-in ballots or return envelopes with incorrect names and addresses.
"I just got my New York mail-in ballot today and the security envelope I’m supposed to put it in and sign has some other guy’s name and address on it." he reported. "Gothamist is already reporting other cases, so this is looking to be a widespread problem."
He added, "Also, according to Gothamist, signing the envelope with another persons name/address on it invalidates the ballot, so who knows how many people’s votes could be potentially thrown out."
And this is why it’s a big deal.
"Just saw this update from the BOE, which is nice, but I’m a political journalist, so I pay a bit more attention to this than the average voter needs to, but the wrong address isn’t readily noticeable, so I imagine most voters won’t even register it."
This was also confirmed by CNN law enforcement analyst James Gagliano.
"Voters across Queens have received mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election marked for military use despite never having served in the armed forces — raising specter that if mailed in, those votes could be challenged in court post-election," he said.
Ballot harvesting — a process that permits volunteers to collect absentee and mail-in ballots and return them to local election offices — has also shown itself to promote voting irregularities, especially fraud.
In Texas, a Democratic state senator and the Biden-Harris Texas political director were accused of an illegal ballot harvesting scheme amounting to election fraud, according to the sworn testimony of a former FBI agent turned private investigator.
In response, conservative activist Dr. Steven Hotze filed a lawsuit Monday.
The investigator’s affidavit alleges that ballot harvesters collected absentee ballots from "the elderly in nursing homes, from the homeless, and from unsuspecting residences' mailboxes," The Texan reported. Afterwards the harvesters filled in the ballots with the candidates of their choice and forged the voter’s signature.
The harvesters were also alleged to have been assisted by two Harris County Clerk’s office employees, who commingled the fraudulent ballots in with legitimate ones, and that former county Clerk Diane Trautman was aware of this activity.
Meanwhile in Minneapolis, Project Veritas appeared to uncover another ballot-harvesting scheme, this one working on behalf of Somali politicians within the district of Rep. llhan Omar, D-Minn., according to the New York Post.
In a SnapChat video, a ballot harvester is shown in his car bragging about illegally collecting hundreds of absentee ballots from elderly Somali immigrants.
The president responded on Twitter to a Breitbart report on the scheme, and asked that the local U.S. attorney get involved.
"This is totally illegal. Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not???" Trump asked.
“We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!”
Democrats have used the coronavirus pandemic to promote universal mail-in voting, a practice the president has repeatedly denounced — most recently at the Tuesday night slugfest loosely called a debate.
Because of the opportunity for fraud that mail-in ballots present, most developed countries — particularly in Europe — have banned the practice, according to findings from the Crime Prevention Research Center.
It reported that 63% of European Union countries ban mail-in voting except for those voters living abroad, and additional 22% have ended mail-in voting under any circumstances.
"These countries have learned the hard way about what happens when mail-in ballots aren’t secured. They have also discovered how hard it is to detect vote buying when both those buying and selling the votes have an incentive to hide the exchange," said author John R. Lott, the center’s president.
Democrats are all too eager to adopt European policies and practices such as socialized medicine, open borders and unfettered immigration, but shout "voter suppression" anytime someone s suggests protecting the sanctity of the ballot.
Similarly, a majority of states, plus American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, require some form of identification in order to cast a vote, according to Ballotpedia.
Those that don’t include California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington state, and Wyoming.
All but a handful of those are Democratic strongholds. And they’ll probably always remain Democratic strongholds until they take steps to protect the ballot.
Meanwhile, the rush to universal mail-in voting will call the Nov. 3 election results all the more into question.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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