Witnesses at a U.S. Senate hearing on election “irregularities” testified about a litany of alleged instances of election fraud occurring in certain states. Some also expressed concerns over last-minute changes to election laws and other issues they argued were unconstitutional.
Republican senators said they believe fraud did occur and that taking an honest look into the growing mountain of evidence is necessary for a democracy, noting that many Americans have similar concerns. A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll taken after the election found 70 percent of Republicans didn’t believe it was free and fair. However, trust in the election actually increased for Democrats.
Of course, the Dems love fraud when it suits them.
……Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in his opening statement that although the Electoral College awarded Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden 306 votes, “a large percentage of the American public does not believe the November election results are legitimate.”
……Pennsylvania state Rep. Francis X. Ryan told senators in his testimony (pdf) that the state’s mail-in ballot system for the election this year “was so fraught with inconsistencies and irregularities that the reliability of the mail-in votes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is impossible to rely upon.”
He noted how on Oct. 23, a petition from the Secretary of the Commonwealth ruled that mail-in ballots need not authenticate signatures, “thereby treating in-person and mail-in voters dissimilarly and eliminating a critical safeguard against potential election crime.”
Ryan also talked about a pattern of inconsistencies in the state’s results, noting how in a data file received on Nov. 4, the Commonwealth’s PA Open Data sites reported over 3.1 million mail-in ballots sent out.
“But on November 2, the information was provided that only 2.7 million ballots had been sent out,” he said. “This discrepancy of approximately 400,000 ballots from November 2 to November 4 has not been explained.”
Another witness, Jesse Binnall, one of the Trump campaign’s lawyers, told the committee that “the election was inevitably riddled with fraud, and our hotline never stopped ringing.”
“Over 42,000 people voted more than once,” Binnall said in his testimony (pdf). “Our experts were able to make this determination by reviewing the list of actual voters and comparing it to other voters with the same name, address, and date of birth.”
“Here is how it happened. On August 3rd, 2020, after a rushed special session, Nevada legislators made drastic changes to the state’s election law by adopting a bill known as AB4,” he said, referring to the state law that relaxed restrictions on mail-in ballots.
Binnall said his team’s efforts in Nevada to obtain evidence to file lawsuits were met with denials from relevant election officials.
“Paper [ballot] backups that were supposed to provide such transparency” were not given to the team, he said. Across the “entire state of Nevada,” there was “zero transparency” from election officials, he said. Binnall filed a lawsuit challenging thousands of ballots in the Silver State before a judge rejected it on Dec. 4.
Other witnesses, such as Clinton-era independent counsel Ken Starr testified that Pennsylvania’s last-minute changes to election laws before the Nov. 3 election were violations.
“The principle here is … [the] Constitution is very clear that it is the prerogative of state legislatures to determine what these rules and laws are,” Starr told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “And that was, I must say, flagrantly violated in Pennsylvania, and perhaps elsewhere as well.”
……Witness Christopher Krebs, who directed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) before he was fired by Trump, said in his testimony that the allegations about manipulation of the equipment used in the election are baseless, dangerous, “and only serve to confuse, scare, and ultimately undermine confidence in the election.”
At one point during the hearing, Sen. Paul asserted that “fraud happened,” and that “the election in many ways was stolen, and the only way it’ll be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws.”
Over 75 million people voted for Trump against an addle-brained socialist who hid in his basement and could barely draw a crowd when he ventured out into daylight.
In swing states, President Trump had sizable leads on election night. Then, counting was stopped and election observers were ushered out. After that, huge, statistically impossible vote dumps occurred, giving Joe Biden the lead.
Ballots have been stolen, thrown away, mysteriously vanished, materialized, backdated, and there have been more ballots than legally registered voters. There have also been ballots appearing with the names and addresses of dead people and residents who moved out of their former state before the election. Last but not least, there’s the usual fake names and addresses being used.
A tech expert showed the officials in a Georgia election fraud hearing just how easy it is to hack into the voting system.
And we’re supposed to believe that the election was valid.