Anyone who has recently read my posts has noticed my claim that voter fraud (among other things) would remain a trend in Joe Biden’s America. This post takes articles published during the seven days ending on 30 March 2021 to illustrate just that concept.
Voter fraud in Missoula getting national attention: at least 5% of votes fraudulently cast
Montana Daily Gazette points out how voter fraud in Democrat-majority county Missoula County in Montana has been discovered.
There seems to be little doubt if for nothing more than obvious but anecdotal evidence, that voter fraud seems to be demonstrably worse in Democrat strongholds. Combining that with mail-in ballots this year was a recipe for disaster in Missoula, where an audit has revealed anomalies that cannot be explained by anything but intentional and criminal voter fraud.
Real Clear Investigations wrote the report that should have anyone in Missoula County sharpening pitchforks and lighting their torches, at least if they were as concerned about election security as they are renewable energy goals.
The report begins…
A mountainous, 2,600-square-mile region with a population of approximately 119,600 does not seem like your prototypical setting for machine politics. Yet a recent audit of mail-in ballots cast there found irregularities characteristic of larger urban centers — on a level that could have easily swung local elections in 2020, and statewide elections in cycles past.
It goes on, “The story at hand begins during the pandemic summer of 2020, when the then-governor, Democrat Steve Bullock, issued a directive permitting counties to conduct the general election fully by mail. In the run-up to the election, a court also struck down Montana’s law aimed at preventing ballot harvesting.”
What was the consequence of the all-mail ballot? It appears to have been tragic.
Thanks to all-around conservative super-hero, Brad Tschida, Missoula County was pressed via legal wrangling to access the county’s ballots and review them for irregularities. The results were astounding, with 6.33% of all ballots lacking envelopes (which ensure their originality and that they indeed belong to a registered voter). Please note that it is illegal to count such ballots.
Meanwhile, “county employees claimed that during the post-election audit, some of the envelopes may have been double-counted, possibly indicating an even higher number of missing envelopes.”
In addition, .7% of envelopes didn’t have their signatures checked. Dozens of ballot envelopes “bore strikingly similar, distinctive handwriting styles in the signatures, suggesting that one or several persons may have filled out and submitted multiple ballots, an act of fraud.” And once more, 28 ballots from a Missoula nursing home – out of 28 ballots – had the same handwriting and it appears all the signatures were forged by the same individual.
It’s a mess in Missoula County. But that’s just one county. How many more “irregularities” would be found in Gallatin County, for example?
But it was at this point in the audit that Missoula County officials banned the auditors from taking photographs of the forged signatures, proving the fraud, and started to obstruct justice. They also refused to provide video they claimed was taken of the vote-counting process to ensure election integrity. They gave no reason for not releasing the footage that could absolve them of wrongdoing.
This isn’t the first time Missoula media has dealt with the accusation of voter fraud, with the Missoula Current – a Democrat rag publication – claiming in 2017 that irregularities are only “clerical errors.” Without a hint of irony, the left-leaning Missoulian de-published a 2017 op-ed claiming “there will never be voter fraud in Missoula” without an explanation, shoving the opinion down the memory hole.
However, the Montana Daily Gazette – committed to real journalism – has fished the op-ed from the Ministry of Truth trash compactor for you (it’s available on the WayBack Machine here). The headline is a tad misleading, and the op-ed was written by then-Secretary of State, Corey Stapleton, pointing out that Missoula was replete with voter fraud and, in fact, is worse than anyone imagined. The title was Stapleton’s reflection that if it’s up to Missoula County officials to designate something as voter fraud, it’s never going to happen.
Stapleton wrote of the “irregularities”…
But that’s not voter fraud, apparently. Hmm. At least that’s what Missoula County officials said. In fact, dozens of mail ballots in Missoula County did not have legal matching signatures for the May 25th special congressional election. How many of those 150 mail ballots with illegal signatures were forgeries? You will never know. How many similar cases in recent years have been prosecuted in Missoula? None.
Why would The Missoulian pull that 2017 op-ed only recently? The reasons aren’t forthcoming. Neither are the explanations by Missoula County election officials for why these ballots were counted and, in some cases, double-counted.
Montanans would be wise to stop and consider the efficacy of all mail-in voting in upcoming elections.
(Read the closing points at Montana Daily Gazette)
One week of online and print stories on election fraud (also known as “voter fraud”)
This post only contains articles published during the seven days prior to 30 March 2021.
In the case of the article above, voter fraud in the 2020 election is highlighted by way of an article published on 25 March 2021 regarding a Democrat county where mail-in voting had been legal. However, in an election rife with accusations against Democrats regarding election fraud, why would anyone pad the Democrat lead in a Democrat county by adding envelope-less ballots to the ballot count? Does this point toward a national trend to padding the lead for dementia Joe?
Woodland Park resident found guilty of voting twice in primary election
The Gazette reports that a Woodland Park official has been found guilty of voting twice in the primary election.
After being reappointed to the Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority Board, Jan Wilson, right, is sworn in June 2018. Wilson, under her married name Janis Cummer, was found guilty in Teller County Court Feb. 10 of voting twice in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.
Jan Wilson of Woodland Park was found guilty in Teller County Combined Court Wednesday of voting twice in the April primary election.
In the State of Colorado vs. Janis M. Cummer, Teller County Clerk & Recorder Krystal Brown cited Wilson with the misdemeanor offense in May after discovering that she had submitted two ballots. Wilson was arraigned in July and the case went to court Feb. 10.
(Read more at The Gazette)
We expect our officials to show higher standards
When it comes to our elected officials, we expect better. A dementia Joe excuse will not fly here.
Twenty-four foreigners charged with voter fraud in North Carolina
Vision Times tells us about the 24 foreign nationals who have been charged with voter fraud in North Carolina.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for eastern North Carolina has charged 24 additional people with voter fraud over 18 months. They were without American citizenship and came from 15 nations, including Yemen, Nigeria, Iraq, France, and several Central American countries.
The charges date back to 2019, with the latest arrest this month. If convicted, the defendants could face a jail sentence and fines of up to $350,000.
Two of the arrested, Gabriela Guzman-Miguel (26) and Jose Abraham Navarro (42) from Mexico, voted despite having no legal standing. Several others have been charged with registering to vote by falsely claiming American citizenship. Some of them engaged in activities like misuse of permits, visas, and other voter registration documents.
After the 2016 election, the North Carolina board of elections conducted an audit which discovered that 41 people acknowledged casting votes even though they were not American citizens. The audit pointed out that most individuals were unaware that they were ineligible to vote.
The report highlighted a woman in her 70s living in the country for over 50 years. She was registered to vote, thinking she was a U.S. citizen because she was married to one.
(Read the excuses liberals provide for foreigners voting in America at the Vision Times)
I cannot say who these foreigners voted for; however, I can tell you which party pushes to have them vote
I can point toward Democrat enclaves in California where foreign nationals are allowed to vote in local elections. I can point to the Democrat effort to give Dreamers and farm workers a path to citizenship (and the vote).
Joe Biden botches the Georgia voting law
National Review suggests outlines how Biden has botched Georgia’s new voting law as he has just about everything else. This instance found over 5,000 illegal votes in a hand count of an almost all-Democrat county.
Joe Biden, grasping the latest left-wing talking point pushed by Stacey Abrams and her media allies everywhere, has launched a misleading attack on Georgia Senate Bill 202, which Governor Brian Kemp just signed into law.
Here’s what Biden had to say:
It’s an atrocity. The idea, you want any indication, it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency. They pass a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line, while they’re waiting to vote. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break.
The Recount (@therecount) March 26, 2021
Let’s take a look at what S.B. 202 actually says:
No person shall solicit votes [or] distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to [a voter] … This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit a poll officer…from making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to [a voter] waiting in line to vote.
The parts in bold are what S.B. 202 added to the statute. The prohibition applies inside polling places, within 150 feet of a polling place, or “within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.”
Now, first of all, notice what is not prohibited here. Voters can still bring bottled water or other food or beverages with them to stand on line to vote, as people often do when waiting at Disney World or to buy concert tickets or in other public places where people stand on long lines. Voters can still also, if they like, order food; the bill doesn’t stop the Domino’s Pizza man or the local hot dog cart or taco truck from doing business. And if you feel impelled to donate food and drink to voters, you can still do that, too; you just have to give it to the poll workers so they can put it out for general use. The president’s claim that “You can’t provide water for people about to vote” is just false. What you cannot do under the new Georgia law is deploy people in National Rifle Association t-shirts and MAGA hats to hand out free Koch-brothers-financed, Federalist Society–branded pizza to voters.
In other words, this entire controversy is not about people dropping dead of hunger and thirst on long voting lines at all. It’s about electioneering around the polling place by people looking to advertise that they represent a cause, and who try to influence voters by giving them free stuff. Across the country today, we already have lots of laws against this sort of thing. There is nothing wrong with Georgia trying to limit it.
While state laws vary, many other states have electioneering bans that prevent people from giving gifts to voters, approaching voters on line or in the process of voting, or wearing or displaying political messages around the polling place. Minnesota law has a broad ban on approaching voters:
No one except an election official or an individual who is waiting to register or to vote or an individual who is conducting exit polling shall stand within 100 feet of the building in which a polling place is located. Minn. Stat. § 204C.06
In 2018, the Supreme Court in Minn. Voters Alliance v. Mansky found that Minnesota had a valid basis for its ban on voters wearing any sort of political badge, button, or insignia inside a polling place. Chief Justice Roberts, noting that the majority of states had some restrictions on campaign-related clothing and accessories at the polls, explained:
We see no basis for rejecting Minnesota’s determination that some forms of advocacy should be excluded from the polling place, to set it aside as an island of calm in which voters can peacefully contemplate their choices. . . . Casting a vote is a weighty civic act, akin to a jury’s return of a verdict, or a representative’s vote on a piece of legislation. It is a time for choosing, not campaigning. The State may reasonably decide that the interior of the polling place should reflect that distinction.
Seven Justices joined that opinion, which nonetheless found that the law entangled Minnesota too much into deciding what messages were political; the two dissenters would have upheld the law.
Montana’s law aims directly at campaigns handing out food, drink, or tobacco:
On election day, a candidate, a family member of a candidate, or a worker or volunteer for the candidate’s campaign may not distribute alcohol, tobacco, food, drink, or anything of value to a voter within a polling place or a building in which an election is being held or within 100 feet of an entrance to the building in which the polling place is located. § 13-35-211, MCA
New York makes “Furnishing money or entertainment to induce attendance at polls” a class A misdemeanor, and explicitly includes handing out “meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision” unless it is worth less than a dollar and the person providing it is not identified:
Any person who…in respect of any election during the hours of voting…gives or provides, or causes to be given or provided, or shall pay, wholly or in part, for any meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision to or for any person, other than [poll workers and other voting officials], except any such meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision having a retail value of less than one dollar, which is given or provided to any person in a polling place without any identification of the person or entity supplying such provisions, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. N.Y. Elec. Law § 17-140
Biden’s own home state of Delaware bans giving gifts or rewards to voters in presidential primary elections:
Whoever…pays, transfers or delivers, or offers…any money, or other valuable thing as a compensation, inducement or reward for the giving or withholding or in any manner influencing the giving or withholding a vote…shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned not less than 1 month nor more than 3 years, or both. 15 Del. C. § 3167
Laws of these sorts have been the product of experience. In 1998, the Supreme Court of Kentucky, in Ellis v. Meeks, threw out the results of a primary election where the winner, Meeks (who prevailed by eight votes) had handed out free food at the polling place, and made it available to voters. The court rejected the argument that this was all harmless because there was no direct evidence that he had changed any votes or had demanded any explicit quid pro quo from voters:
At ten of the fifteen voting stations in the 11th Ward, Meeks made free food available to anyone present, glad-handed voters as they entered, and spoke with voters as they signed in to vote. Based upon this evidence, we… hold that Meeks’ non-verbal conduct solicited votes and amounted to electioneering within 500 feet of a building where votes were being cast…We can conceive of no other explanation for his actions…. We find that making free food available to precinct workers and voters was an item of value offered by Meeks in exchange for their votes or moral support in violation of [Kentucky law].
Georgia’s law follows the same line of reasoning: The obvious motive of showing up to hand things directly to voters, rather than just providing them to poll workers to distribute, is to influence their votes.
Once upon a time, American elections were different; we had no secret ballot, and openly bribing voters was considered a standard part of democracy. George Washington famously handed out whiskey on voting day when he ran for the House of Burgesses, and so did most everybody else in his era. But our laws have cracked down on those tactics for a reason.
Is there a problem with voters standing on long lines to vote? Yes, there is, and it tends to fall more heavily on black voters. But unfortunately, in states such as Georgia, the problem of long lines is largely under the control of local Democratic officials rather than the Republicans who run the state, who nonetheless get all the blame from the national media.
(Read more at the National Review)
Ok, this is not an article about voter fraud, but it does illustrate how Democrats distort efforts at ballot protection
In addition to the Biden’s fallacious claims refuted by National Review, I can also point out how Biden made the accusation that the bill reduces early voting hours while the new law actually expands weekday early voting hours.
It seems that Biden and his press live in an alternate universe where conservative facts become their opposites and Democrat facts never get challenged.
Two Paterson city council members indicted on voter fraud charges in council race
New York NBC reports that two Paterson city council members have been indicted on voter fraud charges.
Two city council members in Paterson have been indicted for allegedly interfering with a special election last year, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Wednesday, in a case cited by then-President Donald Trump in his unsuccessful lawsuit to try and invalidate voting by mail in New Jersey.
Alex Mendez won the special election to fill a council seat on May 12, but voter fraud claims soon surfaced. The state attorney general’s office initiated a probe after U.S. Postal Service inspectors said they found hundreds of mail-in ballots located in a mailbox in Paterson, along with more found in nearby Haledon.
Ultimately, the Passaic County Board of Elections decided not to count 800 ballots cast in the race and a judge ordered a new election for last November.
Mendez, 45, and Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, 49, were originally charged in a criminal complaint last June. Despite the pending criminal charges, Mendez won a tight race in November.
The indictments handed up last month charge Mendez and Jackson with multiple counts including election fraud, unauthorized possession of ballots and falsifying or tampering with public records. The state attorney general’s office alleged the men collected ballots from voters and delivered them to county officials, which candidates are prohibited from doing.
The ballots also allegedly lacked required identifying information for the bearer, who under law must complete a certification in the presence of the voter for whom he or she is delivering the ballot.
(Read more at NBC)
Paterson, New Jersey elections have oddly been the topic of several posts at this blog
It seems that Paterson became the center of a 2020 election fraud post and previously the center of a 2015 election fraud post.
Still, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the localities that seem to be the hub of electoral fraud (like Paterson, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and other Democrat hubs).