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    by Anthony Hennen   As Pennsylvania gears up for a November election less than eight weeks away, county boards of elections are getting more funds and the Department of State will require more audits to ensure public confidence in results. Changes that could speed up the voting process and counting of ballots, however, do not appear to be on the table for this year. “The department is prepared for the November election and we are confident that our 67 counties are prepared as well,” acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman said during a House State Government Committee hearing on Wednesday. Chapman highlighted changes since the passage of Act 88, which banned boards of elections from accepting nongovernment funds and expanded state funding. As The Center Square previously reported, $22 million from a nonprofit linked to Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg went to Pennsylvania counties during the 2020 elections. To ensure counties could cover election-related costs without outside funding, Act 88 created Election Integrity Grant Funding that awarded $44.3 million to 63 of 67 counties earlier this month. “The Election Integrity Grant Program Funding is...
    This article was originally published by Votebeat, a nonprofit news organization covering local election administration and voting access. Elections departments across the country are getting tons of near-identical requests for an obscure document generated by ballot-counting machines, spurred by people who insist this record could help detect fraudulent voting patterns that show former President Donald Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election. It is the latest example of the endless, fruitless quest for a smoking gun that has so far yielded no proof of wrongdoing affecting the election results. But the document, called a “cast vote record,” can’t be used to detect these kinds of patterns, nor is it particularly useful to people who aren’t researchers or auditors, experts say. And the sheer number of requests is overwhelming elections offices as they prepare for this year’s general election. Article continues after advertisement “The remarkable thing is that there’s really a lot less here than it might seem in both directions. It’s way less ominous than it could be, but it’s also way less useful,” said Max Hailperin, a retired computer science...
    Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation to the newsmaker line to discuss state-by-state election integrity ratings, standards and best practices, and the problem of conducting an election exclusively with paper ballots. Leahy: We’re joined now on our newsmaker line by our very good friend Hans Von Spakovsky. He’s the manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative of The Heritage Foundation and a senior legal fellow with the Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and all-around good guy. Hans, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report. Spakovsky: Michael, thanks for having me on. Leahy: It’s great to have you on. And, of course, your friend Roger Simon is here in-studio with us as well. The first thing to get to is the rating of The Heritage Foundation that ranked Tennessee as the best in the nation in an election integrity scorecard. Yay, for us, I guess....
    Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis' last week touted his creation of the Office of Election Crimes and Security and its arrests of twenty felons who were suspected of voting fraudulently in the 2020 election. "If you commit an elections crime, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. Floridians in 2018 approved a ballot measure that granted voting rights to people who had previously been incarcerated. Exceptions were made for perpetrators of murder and sex crimes. READ MORE: Florida law discriminates against Black voters to gain 'partisan advantage': DOJ filing On Monday, The Washington Post Editorial Board tore into DeSantis over his flouting of the public's will. "These are the first cases brought by the state’s new election police force — and a clear effort to deter legitimate voting," the Board wrote. "Yet the tiny number of cases brought so far underscores the paucity of voter fraud. For perspective, this is 20 arrests out of 11 million Floridians who cast ballots in 2020, though Mr. DeSantis called it 'the...
    Trump-endorsed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed a lawsuit in April along with Trump-endorsed State Representative Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley), who is running for Arizona secretary of state, to block the use of electronic voting machines to count ballots in the 2022 election. The Maricopa County Supervisors responded last week with a motion requesting sanctions against the pair and their attorneys, which include former Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, asserting that the suit was “frivolous.” Lake’s and Finchem’s attorney, Andrew Parker of Parker Daniels Kibort, retorted that the motion itself was “frivolous.” He told The Arizona Sun Times, “The motion brought be the County is frivolous and ignores the extensive allegations made in the Complaint supporting the legal claims. It also ignores the eye-opening evidence presented to the Court as part of the preliminary relief that has been sought. This appears to be a weak attempt to influence the Court while the Court has matters regarding this case pending before it. We believe it will not work. We will be responding in full to this improper attack within the...
    Following discrepancies in a county council race, Frederick County decided to decertify its results from the primary last month and will rescan its ballots. The retabulation process began Wednesday and is expected to last about two days, followed by recertification of the election, according to the county. Officials discovered a discrepancy between ballots accepted and votes tallied in the county's Council District 3 Democratic primary race while preparing for a recount and opted to rescan all of its ballots in response. PINAL COUNTY RESPONDS TO ARIZONA PRIMARY CHAOS: 'NOT REALLY QUITE CLEAR HOW THAT OCCURRED' "Out of an abundance of caution the Frederick County Board of Elections will vote to decertify the results of the 2022 Primary Election and rescan the mail-in and provisional ballots," Frederick County Board of Elections said in a public notice. Located in Maryland, Frederick County has a population of about 255,000 people. The primaries in the state took place on July 19. A recount for the county's Council District 3 race had been requested by contender M.C. Keegan-Ayer, who trailed his...
    After an Arizona primary election last week full of anomalies, the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) issued a resolution on August 4 censuring Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican. The resolution cited problems that arose during the election and Richer’s previous denials that election fraud occurred in the 2020 presidential election. Member-at-large Brian Ference drafted the resolution, which passed 13-11 with two abstentions. It cited “irregularities” in the primary election, including “reports of printers and scanners not working,” “Pentel felt-tip pen smearing and not drying,” and “late counting and delayed results.” The resolution listed seven statements Richer made in his August 19, 2021 “Open Letter to Maricopa County,” which was his opinion claiming there was no election fraud in the 2020 election (he was not in office during that election). It has been pinned to the top of his Twitter feed since that date. His statements include, “Nobody stole Maricopa County’s election. Elections in Maricopa County aren’t rigged.” Another statement by Richer asserted there were “no serious mishaps or anomalies …” The MCRC also...
    Maricopa County's top prosecutor issued a cease-and-desist letter to a GOP candidate who suggested felt-tip pens can’t be trusted, prompting voters to steal them from at least two polling locations on primary election day. Gail Golec, a Republican running for a seat on the county’s board of supervisors, received the letter from Attorney General Rachel Mitchell on Tuesday, urging her to stop her “call to steal the pens” and to “immediately tweet a retraction, acknowledging that no one should steal pens from voting locations and urging that no one should do so.” At least two polling places at Desert Hills Community Church of the Nazarene in Phoenix and Faith Baptist Church in Glendale reported missing pens, according to the New York Times. MICHIGAN GOP CANCELS ELECTION WATCH PARTY OVER THREATS OF VIOLENCE “Ironically, concerned about law breaking, Maricopa County is really afraid that people will steal the pens,” Golec said in a tweet responding to Mitchell’s letter. “What if they ran out and they did not get enough ballots into the adjudication cycle? My intention is...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge was urged by state lawyers Thursday to order three counties to add some 800 mail-in ballots to their May primary election results, but the local election officials insisted their decisions are firmly rooted in unambiguous state law. A six-hour hearing in Harrisburg was the latest in a string of recent court proceedings about the rules for absentee and mail-in ballots, a running battle that pits Democrats who embraced mail-in voting under a 2019 law against Republicans who see inconsistent practices and widespread confusion about what is legal. The acting secretary of state, Leigh Chapman, sued the three counties after they declined to follow her guidance in response to a federal appeals court decision that handwritten dates on a mail-in ballot’s exterior envelope — required by law — are not mandatory. Jeff Bukowski, lawyer for Berks and Lancaster counties, called the lawsuit “a ginned up case or controversy” that was brought to enforce a policy favored by Chapman, not a complaint by an aggrieved voter or candidate. He told Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s elections agency sued three Republican-controlled county governments on Tuesday, seeking to force their election boards to report primary results that include ballots with undated exterior envelopes — the subject of several other lawsuits. The Department of State sued Lancaster, Berks and Fayette counties in Commonwealth Court, describing them as “outlier counties” that have not properly certified vote tallies from the May 17 election that included nominating contests for U.S. Senate, governor and most of the Legislature. READ MORE: NASA's James Webb Telescope Gives Insights Into Galaxy 4 Billion Years AgoThe 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 20 that mail-in ballots without a required date on the return envelope must be allowed in a 2021 county judge race in Pennsylvania. Although the U.S. Supreme Court declined to halt the Senate vote-counting after the primary, three justices signed onto an opinion that said the 3rd Circuit was “very likely wrong.” A Commonwealth Court judge, in a separate case that was directly about reporting this year’s Senate primary election results, ruled on June 2 that county...
    FanSided’s MLB experts put our collective minds together to name our 2022 MLB All-Star Game starters. How’d we do? Who among us hasn’t looked at the MLB All-Star Game rosters and wondered what the fans were thinking with some of their picks? It’s a midsummer tradition! This year, FanSided’s MLB writers decided to see if we could do better ourselves. A combination of our team-site experts, FanSided.com authors, and a few editors put our collective minds together in a vote to see how we could do. While a number of our picks should come as no surprise, we did vary quite a bit from a few of the All-Star finalists in the American League as well as go a little beyond MLB’s traditional fan vote by naming starting pitchers, too. Oh, and there was one quite notable exclusion. More on that in a bit.FanSided’s American League All-Star Game startersSP — Shane McClanahan (Rays)C — Alejandro Kirk (Blue Jays)1B — Ty France (Mariners)2B — Jose Altuve (Astros)3B — Jose Ramirez (Guardians)SS —  Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)OF — Mike Trout (Angels)OF — Aaron Judge (Yankees)OF — Julio Rodriguez (Mariners)DH — Yordan Alvarez...
    A grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham and other Trump allies as it continues its criminal investigation of interference in the 2020 election. The names targeted include lawyers and advisers including John Eastman, Kenneth Cheesebro and Jenna Ellis who worked on strategies to overturn Joe Biden's win in key swing states. It shows that the investigation has moved to Trump's inner circle. Copies of the subpoenas, signed off by Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney and obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also list conservative lawyer and activist Cleta Mitchell as well as attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick.  Mitchell advised Trump during the infamous phone conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump used the call to urge him to 'find' 11,780 votes - enough to give him the state. Raffensperger also said he was contacted by Graham 10 days after the election asking if he was had the power to reject mailed ballots in certain counties. Graham later denied that he was doing anything improper, and was simply asking for information to understand how...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois voters headed to the polls Tuesday for the primary election to select their candidates for governor, Secretary of State, and a host of other federal, state and local offices.ELECTION RESULTS: Click here for Illinois primary election resultsThe Republican candidates for Illinois governor crisscrossed the state Monday, making their final pitch to voters for why they are the one who should take on Governor JB Pritzker in November.Downstate State Senator Darren Bailey is leading in the polls, with Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Jesse Sullivan polling behind him.RELATED: Illinois Primary Election 2022: Meet the CandidatesEarly voting in Chicago was low, according to the data Monday. Some voters chose to cast their ballots Tuesday morning. Polls remain open until 7 p.m.Even with the good weather, indications are that voter turnout could be low Tuesday's contest, which is typical for an off-presidential year midterm election.According to the Chicago Board of Elections, in Chicago, while 98,512 votes have been cast by early voting or vote by mail, a total of 104,463 ballots were cast in the days before the 2018...
    Voters in seven states are taking to the polls Tuesday in races that will test Trump-backed candidates, a pro-abortion Republican and the popularity of New York's new Gov. Kathy Hochul.  The Supreme Court's overturning Roe v. Wade will add a new element to Tuesday's races, playing out across New York, Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah.  Here's what to watch:  New York New York's primaries were supposed to be even more contentious, but its U.S. House primaries were postponed until Aug. 23 after a court struck down the state's first draft of a redistricting map.  Hochul, who was launched into the executive seat upon the resignation of disgraced former Gov.  Andrew Cuomo, is trying to hold onto her job amid challenges from Rep. Tom Suozzi, a moderate Democratic congressman from Long Island, and Jumaane Williams, a progressive public advocate from New York City.  Suozzi, running to Hochul's right, has suggested that the governor is not tough enough on crime, suggesting she should have gone further to restrict the state's bail law.  Gov. Hochul, who was launched into the executive...
    The dummied-up flyer bore the hallmarks of a real WANTED poster. A grainy photo of a woman outside an election office in the suburbs of Atlanta stamped with the word “WANTED.” An image of a sheriff’s badge and the phone number for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. The implication was clear: The woman was being sought by the local sheriff for voter fraud. The flyer was fake, and though the sheriff’s office eventually called it out, the false poster went viral, amassing tens of thousands of shares, views and threatening comments on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok and raising fears that harm could come to the unidentified woman. Stolen-election activists and supporters of former President Donald Trump have embraced a new tactic in their ongoing campaign to unearth supposed proof of fraud in the 2020 presidential race: chasing down a fictional breed of fraudster known as a “ballot mule” and using social media to do it. Inspired by a conservative documentary film that has won praise from Trump and his allies — and debunking from critics including former Attorney General William...
    (CNN)Despite warnings that ditching voting machines would delay election results and likely violate the law, county commissioners in a rural slice of western Colorado this year voted to stop paying the licensing fee on the county's devices. Commissioners in Nye County, Nevada, meanwhile, want local election officials to begin hand-counting paper ballots in this year's elections.And in Arizona, two Trump-aligned candidates for statewide office have gone to court in a long-shot bid to bar the use of machines to record and count votes in a battleground state with more than 4 million voters -- and key Senate and gubernatorial races this year. These pockets of resistance to voting machines mark another attempt by Republicans sold on former President Donald Trump's baseless claims of election fraud to transform how US elections are run. So far, most efforts have been thwarted at the state level. But critics warn that the moves, if successful in just a handful of localities, would result in delays and chaos and potentially open the door to election subversion efforts. GOP push for hand-counting paper ballots is latest...
    Pennsylvania announced on Wednesday that it had ordered a statewide recount in the Republican primary race because Dr Oz and David McCormick were separated by only 937 votes out of more than 1.3 million ballots cast. That means their vote totals differ by 0.07 percent - well within the one-half of one percent margin that triggers a mandatory recount under state law.  It sends the bitter tussle between the Trump-endorsed TV doctor and the businessman into another two weeks of tension. Counties have until June 7 to retally the numbers, in an exercise expected to cost $1 million. The trailing candidate has the option of accepting defeat, but in a statement McCormick made clear he would fight on. 'We are proud our campaign received nearly 418,000 votes, won 37 of 67 counties and contributed to a historic turnout with a razor thin difference between myself and Mehmet Oz,' he said. 'This narrow difference triggers an automatic recount, and we look forward to a swift resolution so our party can unite to defeat socialist John Fetterman in the fall.' The GOP...
    The Republican National Committee joined Pennsylvania’s Republican Party this week in a legal effort to effectively help Mehmet Oz sew up last Tuesday’s Senate primary election battle against rival Dave McCormick. As of Tuesday afternoon, McCormick is 982 votes behind the celebrity surgeon, though vote counting hasn’t concluded. Tuesday marked the final day that absentee military ballots could arrive at their respective counties and still get counted. What impact those final military votes will have on the race remains to be seen, though it bears observing that McCormick himself served in the U.S. Army and noted that fact well throughout his campaign.  Once those votes get tallied, it’s all but certain that the contest will be sufficiently close – within 0.5 percent – to trigger a recount, a process that does not frequently change an election outcome. But McCormick is banking on a recent court decision turning the status of the primary in his favor.  On Friday, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Migliori et al v. Lehigh County Board of Elections that Lehigh...
    A man who was convicted of voting in Arizona and New Hampshire for the same election has continued voting in Arizona. Court documents show Sigmund Boganski, 77, voted in both states in the 2016 election, but according to the Maricopa County Recorder, he requested an early ballot for the 2020 election. New Hampshire prosecuted him, but officials in Arizona appear to have filed no charges almost six years later. An arrest warrant was issued for Boganski out of New Hampshire on Oct. 19, 2020, and he was indicted on Nov. 4, 2020 by a grand jury in New Hampshire on a felony of voting in multiple states. He pleaded guilty earlier this month on May 4, and will pay a fine of $1,000 and a penalty assessment of $240. A 90-day jail sentence will be suspended on the condition of good behavior. His right to vote in New Hampshire was terminated. States share voting information to ensure that people aren’t voting in multiple states, known as “crosschecks,” so if New Hampshire caught the double vote, Arizona should have also. Yet...
    The tight Pennsylvania Senate race between Republicans Dave McCormick and Mehmet Oz is likely headed for a recount, according to the Associated Press. Three days after the state’s GOP primary was held, a winner has yet to be declared. Oz, who had the backing of former President Donald Trump, led the race Friday evening by just over 1,000 votes. The AP reported: A recount would mean that the outcome of the race might not be known until June 8, the deadline for counties to report their results to the state. Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, led McCormick by 1,079 votes, or 0.08 percentage points, out of 1,340,248 ballots counted as of 5 p.m. Friday. The race is close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law, with the separation between the candidates inside the law’s 0.5% margin. The Associated Press will not declare a winner in the race until the likely recount is complete. The AP noted a recount could mean the contest could drag out for weeks, up until June 8, when counties must report their...
    A judge in Georgia dismissed former Sen. David Perdue's (R-GA) lawsuit Wednesday, claiming his allegations of fraudulent ballots being counted in the 2020 general election were "conjecture" and "paranoia." Perdue filed his lawsuit jointly with a voter in the Fulton County Superior Court in December, days after announcing his bid for Georgia governor. The lawsuit asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney to declare that county officials violated the rights of both plaintiffs and to allow his team to examine the absentee ballots to prove election fraud existed in the county. GEORGIA'S DAVID PERDUE SET TO BE BIGGEST TRUMP ENDORSEMENT FACE-PLANT TO DATE In his dismissal of the case, McBurney said Perdue's request was full of “speculation, conjecture and paranoia — sufficient fodder for talk shows, op-ed pieces and social media platforms, but far short of what would legally justify a court taking such action,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In the lawsuit, Perdue and Georgia voter Elizabeth Grace Lennon claimed that their constitutional rights to due process and equal protection were violated when...
    Standing outside the Los Angeles Sentinel offices last week, Black faith leaders from South L.A. and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) took turns proclaiming their support for Rep. Karen Bass in her run for mayor. “The faith community will mobilize around her. We will come full force in pushing souls to the polls,” the Rev. K.W. Tulloss said before quickly correcting himself and adding, to some laughter, ”Souls to the mailbox. We understand what’s at stake.” This revision may have spoiled the poetry of Tulloss’ appeal, but it hammered home a point that Bass and other candidates will be making this week: Voting is already upon us. Ballots are now in the mail to every registered voter and can soon be submitted at drop boxes across the city or sent back by mail. “The election ends June 7,” Bass said. “So our work begins now to communicate with voters and to make sure that voters turn those ballots in. You don’t even have to go out to vote anymore. You can vote from home.” It remains to...
    Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Gettysburg) announced on Thursday he intends to draft legislation creating an Office of Election Crimes and Security. The new division within the Pennsylvania Department of State would be charged with probing all alleged violations of voting laws. The proposed bill also targets “ballot harvesting,” the illegal practice of hand-delivering absentee ballots — usually by depositing them in election drop boxes — on behalf of voters other than oneself. Currently, state law treats ballot harvesting as a misdemeanor; Mastriano’s measure would make it a third-degree felony. His legislation further includes a requirement that the Office of Auditor General thoroughly audit Pennsylvania’s voter records system, ballot chain-of-custody rules, poll books and voting equipment each year. A fourth component of the bill concerns court settlements that affect the application of election laws; if the measure becomes law, any such judiciary-imposed changes would go before the General Assembly for approval or rejection. Mastriano cited his concerns with the conduct of the 2020 presidential election as an impetus for his legislation. He and many other Republicans objected especially to the refusal...
    Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – hosts Leahy and Henry discussed the upcoming movie by Dinesh D’Souza, 2000 Mules, debuting Monday at the Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin, Tennessee. Leahy: There’s a new movie about to come out, Grant Henry. That movie is called 2000 Mules. You can find details of it at 2000mules.com. And actually, it’s going to going to debut here in a special showing at the Thoroughbred in Franklin, and then also in Murfreesboro. You go to 2000mules.com and you can buy tickets and see it Monday. I think I’m going to go there on Monday night and do a little review of it. I know Laura Baigert, our lead reporter here in Tennessee, is going to be there as well. It’s related to this story now that just broke late yesterday at Just the News. Our friend John Solomon reported this. Isn’t he a great journalist? Henry: Yeah, he’s great. Leahy: And he’s...
    PARIS (AP) – French voters in Sunday’s presidential election will use the same system that’s been used for generations: paper ballots that are cast in person and counted by hand. Despite periodic calls for more flexibility or modernization, France doesn’t do mail-in voting, early voting or use voting machines en masse like the United States. President Emmanuel Macron is the front-runner, though he is facing a tough challenge from far-right leader Marine Le Pen and voter uncertainty: An unprecedented proportion of people told pollsters in recent days that they were unsure who they would vote for or whether they would vote at all. PAPER BALLOTS Voters must be at least 18 years old. About 48.7 million French are registered on the electoral rolls of the place where they live. Voters make their choices in a booth, with the curtains closed, then place their ballot in an envelope that is then put into a transparent ballot box. They must show photo identification and sign a document, next to their name, to complete the process. Volunteers count the ballots one by one....
    Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan  blocked a key integrity measure of unsealing election ballots right before the Georgia Senate adjourned sine die on Monday, according to a press release from VoterGA. The nonpartisan, nonprofit election integrity organization’s co-founder Garland Favorito detailed that Duncan’s subversive actions regarding SB89 were at the request of Kemp. “Our volunteers were in touch with a variety of Brian Kemp’s policy people throughout the day on sine die. We emphasized how important SB89 is to the voters and the governor’s re-election. We noted that it is a win-win situation for everyone. We explained he only needed to call his good friend Geoff Duncan to ensure that SB89 got a vote. It is now clear that Kemp asked Duncan to block this key election integrity bill that would have been passed unanimously by Georgia’s Republican Senators.” As President of the Georgia Senate, “Duncan prevented the Senate from confirming House changes to SB89 which included language to unseal Georgia election ballots and improve ballot chain-of-custody procedures,” stated Favorito. Duncan “used dubious measures,” calls out Favorito...
    A Trump supporter's interview with Right Side Broadcasting Network has gone viral due to her unique theory that Space Force has evidence the election was 'stolen.'  On Saturday ahead of former President Donald Trump's rally in Michigan, an unnamed woman was interviewed by the conservative network, and explained how she thought the Republican ex-president would come back to power.  'The election, I believe, was stolen. But we know that. Space Force has it all, Trump has all the information, it is going to be overturned,' the woman said.  A Trump supporter's interview with Right Side Broadcasting Network has gone viral due to her unique theory that Space Force has evidence the election was 'stolen' The woman talked to Right Side Broadcasting Network in advance of President Donald Trump's Saturday night rally near Washington, Michigan  She explained that Space Force was a military branch like the Army - a branch that was signed into existence by Trump, who often boasts about it at his rallies. 'And they literally, the night of the election, they literally watched the election be stolen,' she said....
    A federal judge in Florida ruled Thursday that some of the state's election law enacted last year are unconstitutional and even racially motivated. Judge Mark E. Walker of Federal District Court in Tallahassee placed the state under a 10-year order forcing it to get approval from the federal government before changing key parts of its voting laws again.  'In the past 20 years, Florida has repeatedly sought to make voting tougher for Black voters because of their propensity to favor Democratic candidates,' Walker wrote in the decision, which eviscerated GOP lawmakers who led the charge on the new law and frequently referenced Martin Luther King, Jr.  Florida was joined by other states like Georgia and Texas in passing election security reform in the wake of the 2020 election, which former President Trump still claims was stolen from him.   Judge Mark E. Walker of Federal District Court in Tallahassee placed the state under a 10-year order forcing it to get approval from the federal government before changing key parts of its voting laws again The bill had put new restrictions on...
    Joe Biden's $5.8 trillion Fiscal Year 2023 budget includes a lot of progressive agenda items like clean energy and climate initiatives, but will also alienate that branch of the Democratic Party by giving additional funding for law enforcement. The president announced on Monday afternoon his proposal for funding for next year, starting in October, which was sent off to Congress for review. Rarely does an executive budget make it through the legislative process without at least some changes. Biden was joined alongside newly sworn-in Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young for his remarks announcing the proposed budget. The proposal, according to President of Taxpayers Protection Alliance David Williams, is unrealistic. 'With spending AND tax increases, Biden's FY 2023 budget is not based in any sort of fiscal reality,' Williams told DailyMail.com. 'We live in a strange world when the President brags about a $1.4 trillion deficit. Continued increases in spending will add to inflationary pressures and the tax increases proposed in the budget will weaken investment and job growth.' 'Included in the budget is...
    Texas' restrictive voting laws tripped up Willie Nelson and his wife, Annie D’Angelo-Nelson, when it came time to obtain absentee ballots. It seems that no Texan is immune from the difficulties of trying to cast a ballot and adhere to the state’s stringent new voting laws. According to the Austin American-Statesman, it took Willie Nelson and his wife, Annie D’Angelo-Nelson, two attempts before they were able to vote absentee in the recent primary. D’Angelo-Nelson told the newspaper that it was “ridiculously difficult” to try and cast a ballot. The two had trouble with SB 1’s identification requirement that states a voter must use the same ID to cast a ballot as the one they used when they first registered to vote. D’Angelo-Nelson described the advice she was given, which was to simply list every ID she could think of in hopes of there being a match. “I looked up the advice and the advice was: put every number you know. It's just not right,” D’Angelo-Nelson told the newspaper. It’s not just high-profile Texans whose ballots were in danger of not being counted: Across 187...
    by Andrew E. Busch   Although it had been a feature of elections in some parts of the United States for years, the phenomenon of mail-ballot voting exploded in the 2020 election. In the midst of the COVID pandemic, jurisdictions around the country expanded use of mail voting, sometimes sending ballots to every registered voter. Steps were taken to facilitate ease of mail voting, such as establishing drop boxes for returned ballots, relaxing rules regarding signature verification, and easing restrictions on “ballot harvesting,” the practice whereby paid political activists collect a large number of completed ballots and return them for counting. As a result, by some estimates, the proportion of ballots cast by mail nearly doubled from 2016 to 2020. There is, of course, an ongoing debate over whether the turn to mail-ballot voting was necessary, given the pandemic circumstances, or a partisan maneuver to advance the prospects of Democrats, who seemed to reap most of the benefits electorally. Whether or not it was necessary, the development clearly contributed in two important ways to undermining confidence in the results...
    Kari Lake, the leading Arizona gubernatorial candidate filed an amicus curiae brief with the Arizona Supreme Court in the case Arizona Republican Party v. Hobbs, which asks the court to compel Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who is also running for governor, to include signature verification procedures in the state election procedures manual and remove the language she added authorizing the setup of unmonitored ballot drop boxes. Additionally, it challenges “no-excuse” early ballots as violating the Arizona Constitution. Lake said in a statement, “Voters have made it very clear that they are demanding nothing less than completely secure elections and we’re going to give it to them come hell or high water.” She said a forensic investigation earlier this year along with a canvass of absentee voters, which uncovered tens of thousands of irregularities with ballots cast in the 2020 general election, compelled her to enter the lawsuit. Lake called for Hobbs to recuse herself from overseeing the gubernatorial race back in July, citing her “history of irrational bias and disdain toward Republicans in addition to what...
    Austin, Texas (CNN)When Texas kicks off the 2022 election calendar with its primaries on Tuesday, the state will offer the first glimpse at how Democrats are confronting two challenges the party will face across the country this year: a still-raging pandemic forcing tactical changes for the second straight campaign cycle and new laws enacted by Republicans that critics say make it harder for many people to vote.The Texas primaries include several marquee matchups: Gov. Greg Abbott and state Attorney General Ken Paxton face GOP challengers, while in Laredo, longtime Rep. Henry Cuellar, the most conservative Democrat in the US House, faces a primary rematch with progressive Jessica Cisneros.But Tuesday will also serve as a test run for the battles for the governor's office and several key congressional districts that will play out in the fall. Democratic campaigns and party officials say they are watching closely to see how the restrictive new voting law passed by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature and signed by Abbott, who is seeking a third term, shapes primary turnout, and how the party can best reach those...
    As expected, the Senate Privileges and Elections killed several elections reforms bills from the House of Delegates. Some of the bills the committee killed would have eliminated drop-off locations for ballots, eliminated same-day voter registration, and required absentee ballots to be received before polls close on Election Day. Delegate Lee Ware (R-Powhatan) sponsored HB 46, which would have reintroduced a photo identification requirement, repealed the permanent absentee voter list, shortened early voting, and required representatives from each political party to verify the absentee ballot cure process. “About photo ID, there is wide public polling that shows that support for [photo id] this crosses every demographic group, every partisan group,” Ware said. He quoted former President Jimmy Carter, who chaired a 2005 commission on federal election reform: “The electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters. Photo IDs currently are need to board a plane, enter federal buildings, and cash a check. Voting is equally important.” “Thank you for the presentation and the reminder,” Committee Chair Adam...
    In December 2020, MAGA Republican Mellissa Carone was attorney Rudy Giuliani’s “star witness” at a Michigan State House Oversight Committee hearing — where she claimed, with zero proof, that Michigan had been stolen from then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Now, in the 2022 midterms, Carone is running for a seat in the Michigan State Legislature — and she is still promoting the Big Lie. Journalist Brittany Gibson, in an article published by Politico on February 21, explains, “Carone is one of a large cohort of pro-Trump Republican conspiracy theorists and election deniers running for public office this fall in Michigan, where his baseless claims about a stolen election continue to roil the political landscape. Among those candidates, Carone might be the best known nationally.” Giuliani was one of Trump’s top attorneys during and after the 2020 election — and the former New York City mayor claimed, in December 2020, that Carone’s testimony would prove that Trump really won Michigan. But she never offered any proof of her over-the-top claims, and election recounts left no doubt that Biden...
    (CNN)For Houston-area retiree Pam Gaskin, voting is a ritual that starts every January when she completes her application for an absentee mail ballot.This year, the 74-year-old printed the application on January 3, filled it out and mailed it to her local election office. Days later, a rejection letter arrived: The forms she had pulled from the county's website no longer complied with Texas law.So, she tried again -- using the new form, which required her to submit a Texas identification number or partial Social Security number. But it, too, was rejected. The problem this time: She had submitted her driver's license number, but it didn't match the identification she used 46 years ago when she first registered to vote after moving to Fort Bend County."I am mad as hell," said Gaskin, who grew up watching her father pay poll taxes for himself and other African Americans in Galveston County so they could vote. "These are the things we fought 60 years ago, 50 years ago, and we are still fighting them. And that is not right."Gaskin is among the Texans...
    by David Keltz   Anyone with half an ounce of integrity knows the manner in which the 2020 election was conducted was neither free nor fair. Never before in our nation’s history did we have a presidential election with so many safety measures that were deliberately ignored or willfully removed. And never have we had an election with so much early voting, and mail-in voting. All of this was made possible by drastic and unconstitutional rule changes implemented illegally by Democratic secretaries of state at the 11th hour, including the expanded use of mail-in ballots, unsupervised drop boxes, and ballot harvesting. Yet the propagandists in the corporate media have remained silent about all of it, and have shown zero interest in exploring what may actually have occurred. Donald Trump is out of office. That’s all they care about. As soon as Joe Biden was declared the winner by the Associated Press, CNN, and other news outlets, we were all told to shut up and accept the results. And even worse, to this day, anyone who questions the legitimacy of the...
    Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Saturday on Cheddar Business Network’s “All Hands” that domestic terrorists “took part in the invasion and the insurrection of our Capital” on January 6, 2021. On the Democrats voting legislation, Waters said, “We’ve got to work harder. We’ve got to tell the story. We’ve got to help people to understand what voter suppression is and how it works. People don’t sometimes know that when you don’t have enough polling places, that may be the decision of some local jurisdiction to make you not vote, to have your disgusted and not stand in line.” She continued, “We’re now into all of this debate about mail-in ballots. That’s what Trump did not like. That is why he almost destroyed the postal system because he did not want ballots mailed in voting. We’ve got to explain this to the public. Explain what democracy is. And explain the democracy is being undermined with the kind that laws and practices from the right-wing. They have to understand we have domestic terrorists. We have The Proud Boys. We have The Oath Keepers....
    A review from Washington's state auditor office released Tuesday indicated that counties in the state were more likely to reject ballots cast by younger voters, men and people of color. “Researchers suggest possible explanations for higher ballot rejection rates, such as frequent signature changes among young voters or language barriers for particular racial and ethnic groups,” the audit said. The report, which was requested by state lawmakers, showed that less than 1 percent of votes cast in the 2020 general election were rejected. In order for auditors to determine race and ethnicity, Scott Frank, who serves as director of performance and IT audit for the office, told The Seattle Times a predictive algorithm from RAND Corporation was used. That method combines demographic data from the census with information such as surnames that have a high likelihood of being associated with particular racial and ethnic groups. For large data sets, Frank said, “When you combine those two pieces of information, you can make a pretty good prediction.”  The report cited three main reasons why a voter’s ballot could be rejected, including arriving after the...
    After Southern California resident Eduardo Mena was arrested in August 2021 and found with 300 election ballots in his possession, right-wing media were quick to make election fraud claims. But according to Sgt. Mark Ponegalek of the Torrance Police Department, there is no evidence that Mena had election fraud in mind — as those ballots were among the many allegedly stolen items in his possession. Mena was arrested on August 16, 2021, and SFGate reporter Eric Ting notes that the following night, the Torrance Police Department posted details of his arrest on Facebook. The Facebook post read, “Last night, officers responded to a male subject passed out in a vehicle in the 7-11 parking lot. Officers learned he was a felon & located Xanax pills on him. Officers continued their investigation and discovered a loaded firearm, methamphetamine, thousands of pieces of mail, a scale & multiple CA drivers licenses and credit cards in other individuals’ names.” The “thousands of pieces of mail” part is important, as the ballots were only part of the mail the Torrance Police suspected Mena...
    Cyber Ninjas, the company that conducted Arizona’s 2020 election fraudit, had zero election audit experience when the Arizona state Senate hired it to fluff Donald Trump’s antediluvian scrotum—and now the company is taking a well-earned dirt nap. Rule No. 1 of conducting a fair and thorough election audit is “Don’t hire a company with a silly name.” You wouldn’t let the Colonoscopy Ninjas do your annual checkup, would you? So why would anyone let the Cyber Ninjas root around in the bowels of their election infrastructure? Perhaps because literally no one else was willing to participate in a performative scheme to undermine faith in our democracy and the certified results of the 2020 election. So why was this partisan, wholly unqualified outfit conducting such an important review in the first place? Well, expertise is overrated, according to thousands of COVID-19 casualties who could have saved themselves with a safe, effective, and free vaccination but chose instead to lay down their lives for a man who wouldn’t budge an inch if they were bleeding profusely from a head wound right in front...
                 Rep. Paul Gosar (R-04-Ariz.), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-05-Ariz.), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-01-Texas) appeared on a panel discussion at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest 2021 conference in Phoenix on Saturday to discuss the prevention of election fraud in the future. All three panelists urged everyone to participate in the administration of elections, whether by poll watching, putting pressure on elected officials, or looking for fraud. Biggs advised, “Be loud and proud. Do it with a smile on your face, they hate that.” Gohmert recommended having cameras everywhere, including streaming the videos online so people can watch. He explained, “When you won’t let anyone watch ballot counting, something is wrong.” The popular Texas congressman said poll watchers need to stand firm if election workers try to kick them out, and have attorneys ready to argue on their behalf. He said there must be no more suitcases being pulled out from under tables containing ballots. Biggs explained to the audience how the Left was able to undermine election laws so fast and easily. He said they filed lawsuits within 30 days...
                 Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest 2021 conference kicked off the second day with a 9 a.m. speech by Donald Trump Jr. Other notable speakers on Sunday included Sarah Palin, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-14-Ga.), and Rep. Burgess Owens (R-04-Utah). The day wrapped up with breakout panels, including one on election integrity featuring Arizona lawmakers. Trump Jr. spoke about some of the most contentious issues facing patriots currently. “There are women who work their a**** off … they spent their lives trying to reach the pinnacle of success in a sport only to be beaten by 38 seconds in the 500 freestyle,” he declared, referring to a transgender who recently won a women’s swimming competition at the University of Pennsylvania. An AMAZING conference! No one does it like @TPUSA and @charliekirk11! 10,000+ showed up to listen to @DonaldJTrumpJr this morning! Hottest speech of the day. Also great speeches from @kimguilfoyle @laurenboebert @mattgaetz #AmFest2021 https://t.co/D1SKSfYO53 pic.twitter.com/xxvevkDEj5 — Sergio Gor (@SergioGor) December 20, 2021 In regards to the January 6 riot, he stated, “As long as the violence makes the right...
    Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron – who circulated a 38-page power point presentation that recommended declaring a 'national security emergency' before Inauguration Day – has said he met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows up to ten times amid Donald Trump's election overturn effort. Waldron revealed in public comments Friday that he circulated the document, titled 'Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN.' He has since confirmed efforts to blast out the presentation to key power brokers – including Republican lawmakers who met Jan. 6th to count the votes certified by states through the Electoral College.  The presentation also made it to Meadows, whose lawyer confirmed he has provided information to the House Jan. 6th Committee. That panel is set to vote him in contempt of Congress after he refused to testify in accordance with a subpoena.  Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron says he met with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows eight to ten times. He circulated a 38-page PowerPoint memo recommending a 'national security emergency' 'The presentation was that there was significant...
              more   Former Republican senator and declared gubernatorial candidate David Perdue and another Georgia resident this week cited fraud in last year’s elections in Fulton County and filed a suit seeking greater election transparency. In their lawsuit, Perdue and Elizabeth Grace Lennon requested access to Fulton County’s absentee ballots and absentee envelopes from last year. They filed the suit in the Superior Court of Fulton County. Lennon said county officials denied her the right to vote. Perdue’s and Lennon’s suit cited Fulton County Board of Registration Elections Director Richard Barron. Barron recently announced he’s resigning, effective December 31. The lawsuit said Barron and others “grossly negligently or intentionally engaged in and/or permitted multiple unlawful election acts and omissions by their failure, inter alia, to competently oversee the actions of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections employees, staff, agents, and/or contractors in the acceptance and tabulation and counting of absentee ballots, thousands of which were unlawfully marked by machines rather than legally registered Georgia voters.” “These acts and omissions, inter alia, circumvented the majority vote of the people of...
    Former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn tried to enlist a high-level Pentagon official and former aide to assist in the president's overturn effort – promising an 'epic showdown.'  Flynn, who had received a pardon from Trump following a legal battle after initially pleading guilty of lying to the FBI in the Russia probe, sounded manic when he dialed DOD official Ezra Cohen, according to journalist Jonathan Karl's new book. 'He didn't sound like the same guy he had worked for,' Karl writes in reference to Cohen, who also sometimes goes by Ezra Cohen-Watnick.  Cohen had been promoted to acting undersecretary of Defense for intelligence and security a week after the election, on Nov. 10, 2020, along with other Trump loyalists following Trump's firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper. But he wasn't convinced by Flynn's call to to seize ballots. Michael Flynn, second from left, former national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, phoned Pentagon official Ezra Cohen-Watnick to tell him 'ballots needed to be seized' after the presidential election, according to a new book Flynn phoned Cohen after the...
    (CNN)The fate of a South Florida congressional district will likely be decided Friday by a handful of overseas and military ballots after a manual recount left the race too close to call. Businesswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick appears to hold a single-digit lead over Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness in the Democratic primary to replace the late US Rep. Alcee Hastings. The winner is heavily favored to win the January special election in the solidly blue district. Canvassing boards in Palm Beach and Broward counties will meet Friday afternoon to manually count ballots that arrived by mail after Election Day from active military voters and Floridians who live overseas. Florida law allows a 10-day window after the election for these ballots to arrive as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day. As of Friday morning, there were 16 ballots to count in Broward County. Palm Beach County did not have any to count, but ballots can arrive as late as 5 p.m. Friday.Broward election officials will also determine whether to count three ballots that were previously rejected over signature...
    Jack Ciattarelli slammed Governor Phil Murphy over his 'premature' victory speech and says he will not concede in New Jersey's gubernatorial race until all 21 counties finish counting ballots.  'The governor's victory speech last night was premature,' the Republican said in a 'Jack Chat' video posted to Twitter Thursday.  'No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote is counted.'   Murphy, an incumbent Democrat, won reelection in the reliably blue state by a razor-thin margin of 2 percent out of 2.4 million ballots counted. Ciattarelli argues that 'there are still tens of thousands of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots yet to be counted' and that no one should claim victory or concede until that process is complete - which could take weeks. He said that any 'decision on a recount or audit' would be made after the completion of the counting process.  Jack Ciattarelli (pictured giving a 'Jack Chat' video update Thursday) slammed Governor Phil Murphy in a social media video, saying his victory speech was 'premature' The GOP candidate also shared that his legal and...
    Poll workers in a Virginia county were forced to rush to a copy shop and photocopy ballot papers after polling stations ran out Tuesday amid a record turnout. Officials in Albemarle County, which surrounds Charlottesville, were unprepared for the huge turnout with a third of its 30 polling stations reporting issues. A panicked Peter Wurzer, chairman of the Albemarle County Electoral Board, said he drove so fast around his county to deliver additional ballot papers that he called the police to register his license plate, giving them advance warning not to stop him as he sped around the area. 'We're cooked when these ballots are gone,' he said over the scanner at around 5:40pm, according to The Daily Progress. Wurzer was racing in his car from Free Union to Baker-Butler Elementary. An election official is seen frantically printing off ballot papers on Tuesday in Albemarle County A voter is seen in Albemarle County, Virginia, on Tuesday using a voting machine Jim Heilman, Secretary of the Electoral Board, said he did not remember a prior election where the county had to...
    SCIOTO — Voters will have the opportunity to choose if they think Scioto County should partake in an electric and gas aggregation program. The Scioto County Board of Commissioners will be offering the opportunity for the residents in the unincorporated areas of Scioto County to save money on their utility costs by voting at the November election to start Electric and Natural Gas Aggregation Programs for residents and small businesses in the unincorporated parts of the county. The commissioners passed resolutions Oct. 7 to place two issues on the November 2, 2021 ballot. One will ask voters to approve an electric aggregation program and the other for voters to approve a natural gas aggregation program. An aggregation program is authorized by Ohio law and is a way for a large group of consumers to potentially save money on their electric or natural gas bills. Ohio Law allows political subdivisions such as Scioto County (and townships and municipalities) to form aggregated buying groups to purchase electric generation and natural gas supply on behalf of their citizens. By bringing citizens together, through...