President Trump has repeatedly made claims of large scale mail-in-ballot “fraud.”
Now, the definition of fraud is “wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.” We see widespread fraud in many countries, fraud that dictates elections with international organizations overseeing the elections and certifying the fraud.
That’s not the case in the United States.
Wrongdoings do not go unchecked, and it’s a testament to our checks and balances, voter commissions, and commitment to fair elections.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed rampant voter fraud citing two examples that are not evidence of fraud at all. “There’s fraud,” Trump said. “They found them in creeks. They sent two in a Democrat area. They sent out a thousand ballots; everybody got two. This is going to be fraud like you’ve never seen.”
The President referenced ballots found in creeks and rivers, including saying in the debate ballots were found “in creeks.”
Here are the facts, in Wisconsin, law enforcement officials reported that three trays of mail were found Sept. 21 along the side of a road and in a ditch next to a highway in Greenville.
This batch included “several” absentee ballots. The Postal Service spokesman would not comment on whether they were filled or blank ones being sent to voters, according to the Post Crescent.
This is not evidence of fraud or wrongdoing. The Trump administration and White House released Election Administration And Voting Survey 2018 Comprehensive Report that stated, “Although voting in person on Election Day remained the most used mode of voting in the 2018 general elections, the rate of early in-person voting more than doubled since the 2014 election. By-mail voting was used by one-quarter of the electorate in 2018.”
That means over 50 million people voted by mail-in ballot in 2018—the % of thrown out ballots 0.0025%.
This is direct from the Trump administration.
As for the claim about a thousand people being sent two ballots, that’s true. Over 1,000 people who requested mail-in ballots were mistakenly sent two. However, those people who got two ballots won’t be able to vote twice.
Fairfax County Registrar Gary Scott said that when every ballot is returned, “we make an entry into their voter record that they have returned a ballot. So if something else shows up, the ballot has already been returned. We can’t count that ballot.”
Irregularities may occur in the United States, but they get caught. This is supported by not just the measure the United States Post Office, and County Registrars take but by the report issued by the Trump administration.
Which leads to a major irregularity that again proves the strength of our democracy.
The dropbox situation was authored by California Republicans, who appeared to violate state laws.
COVID-19 has led to increased interest in mail-in voting. With the President and the GOP continually attacking the election process, even fighting in court against dropboxes, it’s ironic the GOP was allegedly mishandling them.
Law analyst Rick Hasen and law professor at the University of California, Irvine said on CNN, “Whether or not it is technically legal, it’s extremely problematic for voters,” adding unauthorized dropboxes were “not secure” and that the GOP was “asking for trouble.”
In essence, with California mailing ballots to all registered voters this year, voters can either mail or return them at official drop boxes.
The California Republican Party installed dozens of unauthorized ballot dropboxes in at least four Southern California counties, where there are competitive House races this year.
The party claims it did this as part of an above-board effort to legally collect and return people’s ballots. The drop boxes were spotted at churches and gun shops in more conservative-leaning areas, suggesting they were attempting to boost turnout among GOP voters where there are competitive House races.
However, state Democrats are not buying the excuse.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Republicans would “lie, cheat, and threaten our democracy all for the sake of gaining power.”
Republicans deny any wrongdoing and accuse Democrats of hypocrisy.
The two-dollar question is, did the GOP break the law?
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, thinks so.
Mr. Padilla, a Democrat who is overseeing the election, sent out a five-page memo explaining their interpretation of the relevant state laws, which regulate ballot drop boxes and ballot collection efforts by third parties.
The memo said Republicans violated ballot collection laws, which is pejoratively called “ballot harvesting.”
The Orange County district attorney’s office said Monday that it “launched an investigation” into the unauthorized dropboxes.
District Attorney Todd Spitzer, a Republican, said in a press release that he “will not tolerate anyone interfering with someone’s ability to have their voice heard in our democratic process” and would evaluate whether criminal charges are warranted.
So what was the President’s response, especially with his massive concern over voter fraud?
Tell New York and Illinois to do it too.
The GOP-placed dropbox investigation is underway, and it may lead to a full-blown criminal investigation.
Just be thankful we live in a country where irregularities do not go unchecked, and voter fraud is stopped before it causes consequences.