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In the wake of President Trump’s loss, the federal cybersecurity agency declared the vote to be perfectly secure. In the following months, federal prosecutors revealed that Iranian nationals had hacked into the state’s database and stolen 100,000 voter identities.
In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers called the idea of investigating the state’s 2020 election “outrageous.” But now, a pair of courts have ruled that state election officials altered rules illegally, allowing tens of thousands of voters to vote illegally.
And that investigation Evers so stubbornly resisted just provided evidence that nursing home residents were exploited in fraudulent vote-collecting operations.
Similarly, Georgia’s elections chief still stands by his state’s declaration that Joe Biden won in 2020, but he now admits that the state’s largest county ran a dysfunctional vote-counting operation that may require someone from the state to take over the county. Additionally, he has begun an investigation into the illegal harvesting of ballots, which may lead to prosecutions.
In Arizona, which was one of the first to implement no-excuse mail-in voting years ago, efforts have now begun to return to traditional forms of in-person voting with paper ballots after the state found that 50,000 votes cast and tens of thousands more signatures verified were invalid.
Dems and corporate media allies have been decrying what they call the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was invalid or stolen for more than a year now. It seems as though new revelations regarding election irregularities, irregularities, and mismanagement are emerging every week, leaving a nation debating the validity of its election system more and more.
According to a recent poll, 40% of Americans no longer believe the winner of either of the last two presidential elections was legitimate, an astonishing proportion for a country internationally recognized as the gold standard for democratic republics.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Ken Blackwell, former secretary of state of Ohio, told reporters on Wednesday. “And so I never sugarcoat this, because there’s substantial voter dissatisfaction with the lack of security of our ballots. And they are very concerned that folks who are voting are folks who are not eligible to vote. And so you can’t have a system where illegal ballots negate the casting of legal ballots.”
There is almost no chance that the results of the 2020 election will be reversed, regardless of how widespread the calls for decertification become. There is still time to improve voters’ confidence in the 2022 and 2024 elections by taking the failures of the last election seriously, say experts.
“We need to make sure our voting rolls are clean,”
According to Wisconsin state representative Janel Brandtjen. She heads the Assembly committee on election integrity and criticized Democrat Gov. Tony Evers for vetoing legislation that would have fixed many problems in Wisconsin.
“At this point, there is no downside to cheating in Wisconsin, when you have a governor that’s shutting down a lot of the things that we’ve thought in the past as Republicans and Democrats that would make a fair and transparent election,” she continued.
Here are the most significant findings about the 2020 election:
The intrusion of a foreign power. The federal government has confirmed that two Iranian nationals successfully infiltrated a state election computer system, stole 100,000 voter registration records, and used the information to conduct a cyber-intimidation campaign aimed at GOP members of Congress, Trump campaign officials, and Democratic voters.
Bribery allegedly taking place. Judge Gableman was selected by the Wisconsin Legislature to investigate the 2020 election after finding that donation of millions of dollars to election administrators in five Democratic-heavy municipalities from Mark Zuckerberg’s Center for Tech and Civic Life violated state anti-bribery laws and corrupted election practices by turning election officials into liberal get-out-the-vote boosters.
Wisconsin votes illegally harvested. Additionally, Gableman exposed an extensive vote collection operation, known as ballot harvesting, carried out in nursing homes by third-party activists collecting the ballots of vulnerable residents, some of whom were unable to cast their votes for various reasons, including mental impairments or guardianship restrictions.
An investigation into ballot harvesting in Georgia. Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, has announced he will pursue criminal charges against liberal activists accused of illegally harvesting ballots from voters and delivering them to polling places.
Are there invalid signatures? There were about 200,000 mail-in ballots in Arizona’s 2020 presidential election with signatures that did not match voter files, according to a review of Maricopa County’s mail-in ballots.
50,000 votes in Arizona are being questioned. The Arizona Senate has called into question over 50,000 ballots following an extensive audit.
There were illegal ballot drop boxes. Wisconsin’s state supreme court upheld a judge’s ruling that the widespread use of ballot drop boxes during the election was unlawful.
Texas found foreign voters on its rolls. Over 12,000 noncitizens were discovered to have illegally registered to vote in Texas according to an audit of the voter rolls.
Georgia found foreign voters on its rolls. More than 2,000 foreigners are suspected to have tried to register to vote in Georgia following an audit released by the state’s secretary of state.
The mail-in voting process is unconstitutional. In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court has ruled that the law allowing unlimited mail-in voting in 2020 was unconstitutional and that mail-in voting can only be established by a constitutional amendment.
More noncitizens. Non-citizens also appeared on state voter rolls in violation of Wisconsin state law, according to the Gableman investigation.
There are ballot chain issues. After the media reported that there were problems with the chain of custody documentation in DeKalb County last November, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office opened an investigation into how dropbox ballots were processed.
Fulton County. During vote counting in Atlanta, Georgia’s handpicked election monitor documented more than 20 pages of mistakes and irregularities during the November 2020 election, including double-scanning of ballots, securing electronic ballots, and violating voter privacy.
Vote counting went wrong. In Fulton County, Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp referred the audited November 2020 election results to the State Election Board after multiple reviews found more than thirty problems with absentee ballot counting, including duplicate tallies, math errors, and data transpositions.
The voter rolls are dirty. The Michigan State Auditor found that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson violated state election laws by failing to properly update and reconcile Michigan’s qualified voter list.
Voter ID exemptions were deemed illegal by the Michigan State Auditor. 200,000 voters in Wisconsin were allowed to skip voter ID requirements for absentee ballots by claiming COVID had confined them indefinitely, even though there was no such legal authority.
Disparate enforcement of election laws. There were more than 30 issues with elections in Wisconsin in 2020, including violations of law and uneven enforcement, according to the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, which urged lawmakers to make significant improvements.
A spike in illegal harvesting. There have already been half a dozen indictments filed in Arizona in connection with illegal harvesting.
In Michigan, voter fraud was reported. In Michigan, three women were charged with voter fraud.
More nursing home fraud. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling announced that his investigators had found evidence that eight out of 42 residents at a local nursing home had been recorded as casting absentee ballots which their families argued was not possible because the residents lacked some cognitive abilities.