According to Corwyn Garman “claims of significant election fraud have been disproven repeatedly”. Really? Depending on where you look 50-70% of Americans polled don’t think the 2020 election was free and fair.
Health concerns surrounding COVID-19 provided the perfect pretext for changes to how people are allowed to vote, including the expansion of mail-in voting (16 states automatically sent absentee/mail-in ballot applications to all eligible voters and 12 states expanded absentee/mail-in voting eligibility ), which are associated with problems such as ballots being lost in the mail, people voting for others and ballot harvesting taking place.
On election night itself, there was an abrupt stop in the vote-counting in Georgia after a mysterious “water main break” and Republican observers were sent home. As captured on surveillance video, hidden boxes of ballots were pulled out from under tables and run through counting machines without observers present.
The morning after the election there were mail-in ballot dumps of hundreds of thousands of ballots in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. These ballot dumps favored Joe Biden by suspiciously wide margins and lessened President Trump’s leads in those states.
In Michigan, windows of a ballot counting center were papered over so that counting could not be observed. There were also examples of dead voters, non-resident voters, and those who voted multiple times in the states being contested. Hundreds of sworn affidavits recounting witnessed irregularities and allegations of fraud have been provided by those directly involved in all aspects of the election, its process, and its infrastructure.
Then there is the campaigns themselves that put a Biden victory into question. Trump regularly brought in tens of thousands of supporters at his campaign events, won 18 of 19 bellwether counties across the country, and received more votes than any sitting president in history. Joe Biden, despite a remarkably light campaign schedule, small campaign event crowd sizes, and the absence of a down-ballot “blue wave” on election night, received more legal votes than Trump, and more votes than President Barack Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. Forgive me if there are many people scratching their heads about this.
A Gallup poll released on February 11th showed that a majority (59%) of Americans feel there is no basis for faith in fair processes and outcomes in future elections.
The claim that lawsuits that were filed by former President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republicans were universally dismissed by the courts is untrue.
Of the 22 cases that have been heard by the courts and decided on their merits, Trump and Republicans have prevailed in 15 (2/3 of the cases)
This leaves 25 lawsuits that have yet to be finally disposed of. The results of the election will not change. But the integrity of our electoral system is in the balance. Telling people to shut up about the election and refusing to look at the proven irregularities that took place will do nothing to advance faith in U.S. elections.
Lisa Callanan is a resident of Stephens City.