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Pennsylvania County Sues Dominion Voting Systems Over "Severe Anomalies" In 2020 Election

Pennsylvania County Sues Dominion Voting Systems Over 'Severe Anomalies' In 2020 Election Officials in Fulton County, Pennsylvania have sued Dominion Voting Systems, alleging "severe" issues with voting data discovered after the 2020 US election, Just the News reports. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims that county officials "became aware of severe anomalies in the Dominion Voting Systems due to the inaccuracy and/or inability to reconcile voter data with votes actually cast and counted" by the company's proprietary system at or about the time of the 2020 election. Officials cite a report from earlier this month which revealed that "security measures necessary to harden and secure" Dominion's systems had not been performed, and that "external USB hard drives had been inserted in the machines on several occasions" when there was "no known list of approved external drives that could have been or were used or inserted into the machines." The county allegedly discovered that a "python script" had been installed on one device, which was "connected to an external device on an external network" reportedly located in Canada. The script "can exploit and create any number of vulnerabilities including, external access to the system, data export of the tabulations, or introduction of other metrics not part of or allowed by the certification process." Officials also claim that the machines were running a July, 2016 version of Windows Defender, which would have left the machine vulnerable to "viruses or malicious software" created after that date. The suit alleges "breach of contract and breach of warranty, and breach of other common-law and statutory duties, by Dominion," which the county says entitles it to "all fees, expenditures and costs made in reliance upon and in consideration for the provision by Dominion of a serviceable product that was fit for its intended purpose and use." Tyler Durden Thu, 09/22/2022 - 19:20.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 22nd, 2022

Arizona Senate Hears Of Multiple Inconsistencies Found By Election Audit

Arizona Senate Hears Of Multiple Inconsistencies Found By Election Audit Authored by Jack Phillips and Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Arizona lawmakers were told on Friday during a hearing on an audit conducted in the state’s most populous county of inconsistencies uncovered during a forensic audit into the 2020 election. The Arizona state Senate discusses the Maricopa County audit results during a hearing in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sept. 24, 2021. (Allan Stein/Epoch Times) The Maricopa County audit was commissioned by Republicans in the Arizona Senate. Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, issued a letter on the same day to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recommending further investigation following the audit’s findings. In the letter, she raised concerns over signature verification on mail-in ballots, the accuracy of voter rolls, the securing of election systems, and the record-keeping of evidence related to the elections. “I am therefore forwarding the reports for your office’s consideration and, if you find it appropriate, further investigation as part of your ongoing oversight of these issues,” Fann told Brnovich in the letter. Brnovich, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate, said in a statement, “I will take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority. Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected.” His office said that its Election Integrity Unit “will thoroughly review the Senate’s information and evidence.” Specific allegations cannot be commented on until the review is complete, the office added. Fann said Friday at the hearing that the audit had faced unnecessary obstruction from Maricopa County officials, who went to court in a bid to try to block the audit and subpoenas from the state Senate. While the forensic audit did not uncover a significant difference in the total vote tallies—the difference was only hundreds in the final report— evidence was uncovered of numerous other anomalies, including statutes being broken and chain of custody not being followed, Fann added. Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based company hired by the state Senate to conduct the audit, said its review involved over 1,500 people and a total of over 100,000 hours. While the company said it only found in the recount a vote discrepancy of 994 in the presidential race and 1,167 in a U.S. Senate race, the report highlighted potential issues with a combined total of 53,305 ballots. Maricopa County on Friday issued a series of statements on its Twitter page in response to findings laid out in a purported draft audit report of Cyber Ninja’s forensic audit that had been released ahead of the Senate audit hearing. The draft audit report’s figures did not entirely correlate with that of Cyber Ninja’s final report. Fann said Friday at the hearing, “As you know somebody leaked one of the draft reports out over the last 24-48 hours. It was a draft report, so I can tell you that what’s in that is not entirely what’s in the final report.” However, some key allegations in the draft report regarding ballots did match that of the final report. Arizona Senate President Karen Fann talks to reporters in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 26, 2020. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo) 23,344 Mail-In Ballots Voted From Prior Address According to the Cyber Ninjas’ final report, 23,344 mail-in ballots were received from voters’ previous addresses. “Mail-in ballots were cast under voter registration IDs for people that may not have received their ballots by mail because they had moved, and no one with the same last name remained at the address. Through extensive data analysis we have discovered approximately 23,344 votes that may have this condition,” the report states. Cyber Ninjas noted in its report that if ballots are sent by forwardable mail, this would violate the Arizona Elections Procedures Manual. “The Senate should consider referring this matter to the Attorney General’s Office for a criminal investigation as to whether the requirements of ARS 16-452(C) have been violated,” the company stated in the report. Maricopa County refuted the allegation on Friday, saying, “Mail-in ballots are not forwarded to another address.” It also asserted that voting from a previous address “is legal under federal election law,” such as in the case of American military and overseas voters. The county also said it had 20,933 one-time temporary address requests for the 2020 general election. Ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 1, 2021. (Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images) 9,041 More Ballots Returned by Voter Than Received Cyber Ninjas found that 9,041 more ballots were returned by voters than were sent to them. According to the report, “9,041 more ballots show as returned in the EV33 Early Voting Returns File for a single individual who voted by mail than show as sent to that individual within the EV32 Early Voting Sent File.” “In most of these instances, an individual was sent one ballot but had two ballots received on different dates.” Auditors later noted they were told that some of the discrepancies “could be due to the protected voter list,” but were not able to validate that. Maricopa County released a statement to similar effect on Friday. The county disputed the finding on Twitter, saying the majority of times when there are multiple entries in the EV33 file are when voters “returned a ballot without a signature or with a signature discrepancy,” and in such cases, election staff contact the voter. In this screenshot from video, ballots are moved from the Arizona State Fairgrounds to a truck for transport to Maricopa County, in Phoenix, Ariz., on July 29, 2021. (Pool via AP) Cyber Ninjas: Voters Potentially Voted in Multiple Counties Cyber Ninjas noted that some 5,295 ballots were affected by voters who potentially voted in multiple counties. The company said that it had compared Maricopa County’s list of all its voters who cast a ballot in the election (also referred to as the VM55 Final Voted File) to the equivalent files of the other 14 Arizona counties, to find a total of 5,047 voters with the same first, middle, last name, and birth year, representing some 10,342 votes among all the counties. “The Ballot Impacted was calculated by the total number of votes (10,342) and subtracting the number of maximum number of potential unique people (5,047). This yielded 5,295,” the report said. Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 6, 2021. (Matt York/Pool/AP Photo) Separately, the company found that the number of ballots tallied in the official Maricopa results were 3,432 more than the total number of people who voted. “The official result totals do not match the equivalent totals from the Final Voted File (VM55),” Cyber Ninjas said (P12). Cyber Ninjas said the finding is significant because “the number of individuals who showed up to vote should always match the number of votes cast.” The company recommended that legislation “that would require the Official Canvass to fully reconcile with the Final Voted File” should be considered. Cyber Ninjas said in another finding that there were 2,592 more duplicate ballots than original ballots sent to duplication—a process for replacing damaged or improperly marked ballots with a new ballot that preserves the voter’s intent. “This is probably one of the more interesting parts … that we had more duplicates than original ballots,” Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan said in his presentation on Friday. “According to our counts from our audit, we had 26,965 original ballots and we had 29,557 that were duplicate ballots, and those numbers should be the same. “Based on the numbers received from Maricopa county, we should have had 27,869 of both originals and duplicates and they should have matched up perfectly,” he added. Other findings of the ballots impacted included 2,382 in-person voters who had moved out of Maricopa County, and 2,081 voters who moved out of state during the 29-day period preceding the election. Responding to the findings, the county said it had completed separate spot checks and found “no discrepancies” for either of the figures. Cyber Ninjas also reported that there were 1,551 votes counted in excess of voters who voted, as well as a slew of other categories of findings that affected a smaller number of ballots, such as 397 mail-in ballots sent without there being a record of them having been sent, 393 ballots that had incomplete names, 282 votes cast by individuals who “were flagged as deceased,” and 198 votes cast by individuals who registered to vote after the Oct. 15 deadline, among other smaller categories. Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are audited at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 29, 2021. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP/Pool) 17,322 Duplicates of Early Voting Ballot Return Envelopes Shiva Ayyadurai, who was commissioned by the Senate to “check the signatures or lack thereof” on the early voting ballot (EVB) return envelopes, said during Friday’s presentation that the audit “reveals anomalies raising questions on the verifiability of the signature verification process.” Ayyadurai said that his team was hired only to verify whether the envelopes contained a signature—not whether the actual signature matched that of the voter in question. Of the 1,929,242 return envelopes provided by the Senate, 17,322 duplicates were found, with some voters having cast the same ballot three to four times, according to Ayyadurai’s report (pdf). He noted that Maricopa county’s canvass report, meanwhile, did not report any duplicates.  In response to duplicated ballot allegations, Maricopa County wrote Friday, “Re: duplicated ballots. Every time a voter has a questioned signature or a blank envelope, we work with that voter to cure the signature. That’s our staff doing their job to contact voters with questioned signatures or blank ballots. Only one ballot is counted.” Among other several key findings, Ayyadurai noted that over 25 percent of the duplicate ballots were received between Nov. 4 and Nov. 9, 2020. Workers examine ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election during an audit at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 6, 2021. (Matt York/AP Photo) Allegations of Deletions Auditors stated in their report that “according to the Master File Table (MFT) of the drives, a large number of files on the Election Management System (EMS) Server and HiPro Scanner machines were deleted.” “These files would have aided in our review and analysis of the election systems as part of the audit,” the report reads. “The deletion of these files significantly slowed down much of the analysis.” Maricopa denied the allegation in a Twitter post on Friday, saying, “Maricopa County strongly denies claims that @maricopavote staff intentionally deleted data.” The county also said it has “backups for all Nov. data & those archives were never subpoenaed.” While auditors finished part of the audit that deals with the ballots, they say an evaluation of voting machine equipment is ongoing. “Because the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the Arizona Senate have recently settled their dispute concerning outstanding subpoena items, this portion of the audit is not yet complete,” the Cyber Ninjas’ report states. Response to Findings Jack Sellers, Chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement in response to the Senate audit hearing, “The Cyber Ninjas’ opinions come from a misuse and misunderstanding of the data provided by the county and are twisted to fit the narrative that something went wrong.” “Once again, these ‘auditors’ threw out wild, damaging, false claims in the middle of their audit and Senate leadership provided them the platform to present their opinions, suspicions, and faulty conclusions unquestioned and unchallenged. Today’s hearing was irresponsible and dangerous.” Arizona Democrats, meanwhile, pounced on the auditors’ report. “The Cyber Ninjas embarrassed Arizona for months, violated voters’ trust, refused transparency, and stuck AZ taxpayers with a multi-million dollar bill. What’d they find? Biden won,” Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who has frequently criticized the audit and is trying to become Arizona’s next governor, wrote on Twitter. “The so-called leaders who allowed and encouraged this need to be held accountable in 2022.” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich speaks at a news conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 7, 2020. . (Bob Christie/AP Photo) But Fann has long said that the goal of the audit was to improve Arizona’s election system and wasn’t designed to overturn the results. “Our No. 1 goal is to make sure those laws are followed,” Fann said during Friday’s hearing, adding that there are “a lot of people” with questions about the state’s election integrity. Citing a poll, Fann said that 45 percent of Arizona’s voters had significant distrust in the election system. Ahead of the official release of the report on Friday afternoon by the state Senate, Trump said the audit uncovered “significant and undeniable” fraud in the 2020 presidential election. “The audit has uncovered significant and undeniable evidence of fraud!” he said in an emailed statement. “I have heard it is far different than that being reported by the fake news media.” Trump added, “Until we know how and why this happened, our elections will never be secure. This is a major criminal event and should be investigated by the Attorney General immediately.” Arizona was one of several key swing states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin, that were certified for Biden during the Nov. 3 election. Trump won those states, with the exception of Nevada, in 2016. According to official results, Biden won Arizona over Trump by a margin of just over 10,000 votes. Maricopa County hasn’t responded to The Epoch Times’s request for comment. Tyler Durden Mon, 09/27/2021 - 21:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 27th, 2021

Grassroot Election Integrity Movement Sweeps Battleground States

Grassroot Election Integrity Movement Sweeps Battleground States Authored by Gary Bai via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), At ten past five in the morning on Election Day in 2021, retired construction company owner Warren Jenkins slid into his business-casual attire in a panic, knowing he had to get to the polling station in 20 minutes. He was the only Republican poll watcher at an important precinct. Cleta Mitchell speaks at the "Election Integrity Summit" in Harrisburg, Pa., on Aug. 20, 2021. (Courtesy of Cleta Mitchell) Jenkin’s wife, prescient, pre-made lunch for her husband, who then arrived at the polls to begin his 15-hour shift—from 5:30 a.m. to about 9 p.m.—just in time. As a volunteer poll watcher in Virginia, Jenkins would run back and forth between the outdoor ballot box and the in-door voting place, observe the conduct of the election, and report irregularities and violations of the Election Code, if any, to election officials. For his entire life, Jenkins has been somewhat of a model American man: he served in the army, built houses, and loves spending his weekends at church and with family and friends—and wasn’t into politics, at all. But as the battleground blaze simmered at the conclusion of the 2020 election lawsuits, Jenkins still had in his mind the lingering silhouette of Zuckerbucks (private funding in election administration that was allowed in 2020 and now banned in some states), whispers of faulty mail-in ballots, and alleged—later court-confirmed—election law-flaunting. He then thought he could do more for the country as an American. “With the Trump-Biden election, there was so much press on the dishonesty in the election. I thought I would see for myself,” Jenkins told The Epoch Times. “I’m retired now—and I thought, it was time to roll up my sleeves and to go out and to help out.” “I felt like being a poll watcher—even though we didn’t get paid—was an important role,” Jenkins said. “I didn’t really care about the money.” A poll watcher monitors the counting of ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Nov. 6, 2020. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Jenkins is one of many who saw themselves as a part of a movement to defend the integrity of America’s elections, concerned that the 2020 election was not conducted well. Some offered explanations for what went wrong in 2020—some had substantial proof—but none seemed to be able to convince the courts to rule in favor of what they were proposing, which often consisted of flipping the election results for a district, or the Biden presidency altogether. Many realized this, so they pivoted forward. They formed a movement, driven by the belief that citizens should participate in the election process to give rise to transparency, and that accompanying the right to vote is the right to have every legal vote counted—and faulty vote trashed. Ground-up Movement Jenkin’s resolve to act proved fortuitous, because just as Republicans like him across the country decided to become more involved in elections, roads were built to help them do exactly that. Cleta Mitchell, who fought alongside former President Donald Trump in one of the 2020 election lawsuits disputing the election results in Georgia, was getting a lot of calls—and a lot of ideas—following the 2020 election. “What has happened in 2020 was that many people across the country realized that things were not right, and that the election was not conducted according to law in many cases,” Mitchell told The Epoch Times. “And so a lot of people have said, ‘What can I do to help? What can we do to make sure this doesn’t ever happen again?’” “As somebody who spent a lot of time in a lot of different aspects of the election, I’ve tried to say, here are things you can do: You can go to rallies and have somebody get yelled at,” Mitchell said. “Or, we can train you. We can tell you what you need to do to make sure it never happens again. And there’s plenty to do.” Mitchell, a seasoned lawyer with a swath of experience in all corners of election issues (and a Democrat-turned-Republican), leads the Election Integrity Network, a project of the Conservative Partnership Institute, a Washington-based non-profit. Since its launch, the network developed into a nationwide mobilization base and knowledge-sharing platform that operates at national, state, and local levels to work on election integrity initiatives, such as pushing legislation for voting security, hiring more poll watchers and election officials, and examining potential loopholes in election administration processes. Through training and discussion “summits,” the network has kicked off state-level “coalitions” across the country, and these state coalitions would then become the headquarters of mobilizing precinct-level task forces in that state to work on election integrity projects. “Ultimately, all elections take place at the local level,” Mitchell said when asked about her vision for launching the network. “We are asking people to become involved in apparatus at their local level, because that’s where the elections take place. And that’s where many of the problems occur, because that’s where the voting takes place.” Getting to Work The Election Integrity Network started humbly with weekly telephone calls, during which state coalition leaders in various battleground states would bounce ideas off of each other on how to improve election security and share the issues they spot. But things quickly picked up speed when Lynn Taylor, a regular on these calls who leads Virginia Fair Elections, a state-level coalition in Virginia, saw that time is cutting short for her state. “Virginia is one of two states that have statewide elections every year, Virginia and New Jersey,” Taylor said in an interview with The Epoch Times, sharing how she was concerned about the way the 2020 election was run and wanted to help improve the security of the 2021 election—the question now is how. “The idea came from Cleta when she and I were on the phone together, and she said, ‘you really need a summit,’” Taylor said, recounting her conversation with Mitchell. “I said, ‘I don’t have the budget for that,’ and she said, ‘I do.’ Two and a half weeks later, we had a summit.” “This was very different from the way that things had been done,” Taylor said. “You know, people have been having summits for ages, but this is the first one in my years that we actually use it for training purposes.” With the help of Mitchell and the Election Integrity Network, Taylor organized the network’s first “Election Integrity Summit” in August 2021 in Virginia. The two-day event featured election integrity training and information for grassroots who wanted to help improve election security. These included poll observers’ recruitment, scheduling, training, and administration; a project to document potential illegal voter registrations; and a discussion on the alleged influence of private funding in the 2020 election. During the summit, people who had already been working on related initiatives—improving security around the ballot box, analyzing election data for potential anomalies, or pushing for election integrity legislation, for example—found others scattered across Virginia working on similar things, and quickly fused into local work groups called “Election Integrity Task Forces” and began collaborating on projects on a county basis. “The coalition was how you get involved. You work on a county basis. Then you come up to the state coalition to bring your questions … to see if other counties are running into the same things,” Taylor said, recounting how there were a little more than a dozen task forces in the state during the time of the summit, a number that quadrupled to more than 50 in a few months. “I’ve been doing this for 26 years, and I’ve never seen people come together where they all left their logos at the door,” Taylor said. “They are more interested in the election integrity issue—and making sure that there are free and fair elections—than they are in promoting their own agenda. It is the first time I have ever seen this—in the 26 years that I’ve been working in the nonprofit arena.” Shelley Oberlander, a Republican Precinct Captain for ten years, was leading a local election integrity task force in the Virginia coalition. After learning from the summit about the election integrity projects that she could start in her county, Oberlander started to expand her team. After the summit, Oberlander connected with other county-level task forces and had weekly conference calls to share their experiences. Within a year, Oberlander’s team grew from a few members to six work groups, each specializing in areas of election integrity including legislation, education, data analysis, election technology, and voter administration. “We brought it home, we put it in practice, and we got it going,” Oberlander said in an interview with The Epoch Times. A Helpful Hand The backstory to Oberlander’s involvement in this grassroots election integrity movement is illustrative of the other driving force behind the movement: the Republican National Committee (RNC). As a member of a county-level GOP, Oberlander started the local election integrity team in the Loudoun County GOP at the calling of the state-level GOP, the Virginia GOP, which operates joint forces with the RNC earlier this year and started an election integrity program. Earlier this year, the Virginia GOP sent out a marching order to county-level Republican units in the state asking them to start election integrity teams. “The RNC and Virginia GOP are encouraging unit chairs to hone in on local election integrity efforts,”  Emma Vaughn, an RNC spokesperson, told The Epoch Times in a statement. In other words, Oberlander, as a part of the Republican Party, was able to utilize resources within the GOP establishment, as well as the Election Integrity Network to expand her task force and knowledge base. But the RNC wasn’t always able to do this, as its hands were only recently freed. The RNC, the powerhouse and teller machine of Republican initiatives, was legally barred from organizing and sponsoring ballot security operations like poll watching from 1982 to 2018, due to a 1982 consent decree (pdf) issued by Dickinson R. Debevoise, a judge appointed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. This has been consequential. The consent decree meant that for nearly 40 years, the Democratic National Committee had a structural advantage over the RNC in strategizing and developing election administration infrastructure in accordance with its vision of how voting should be done. “Because of the DNC v. RNC Consent Decree, the RNC had been shut out of most election integrity efforts for nearly four decades, which led to a lack of institutional knowledge to conduct election integrity operations,” the RNC’s 2021 election integrity report reads (pdf). After the consent decree expired in 2018, the RNC began building infrastructure around election integrity projects. This includes spending more than 30 million on election protection efforts in battleground states across the country during the 2021 cycle, and continued building election security infrastructure for the 2022 cycle, Vaughn told The Epoch Times. “The RNC has made a multi-million-dollar investment for the 2022 cycle, including 17 state Election Integrity directors, 35 in-state election integrity counsels, and in recruiting over 43,000 poll workers and poll watchers in battleground states across the country,” Vaughn wrote in a statement. “The RNC works with other groups who have an interest in promoting election integrity but the party’s efforts are independent from any outside organization,” Vaughn wrote. The Movement Ripples The Election Integrity Network’s success in Virginia, which Mitchell calls the “Virginia model,” was promptly replicated in other states. By mid-2022, the Election Integrity Network held summits in eight battleground states—Virginia, Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina—and mobilized thousands to start election integrity projects at the local level, according to Mitchell. “What we are focused on is building out the infrastructure—creating state coalitions and local election integrity task forces,” Mitchell said. “We really are measuring our success by the number of states who are up and running with statewide election integrity coalitions. “We measure that by helping them bring together the various groups to have weekly calls, then getting their local task forces going and then getting a framework for recruiting and training poll workers, election officials and starting the working groups within each state,” Mitchell said. According to Marshall Yates, Executive Director of the network, the network’s state-level conference calls in North Carolina, Michigan, and Georgia had over 75 in attendance, and Arizona and Pennsylvania had about 40 in attendance. The attendees are like Oberlander: they mostly consist of task force leaders who would put what they learned in the calls into practice at their local counties. Even Congress hopped on. Read more here... Tyler Durden Fri, 09/23/2022 - 21:25.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 24th, 2022

"I Got Bad News For You": Mike Lindell Speaks Out After FBI Seizes Phone

"I Got Bad News For You": Mike Lindell Speaks Out After FBI Seizes Phone Authored by Eva Fu via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was picking up food at a fast food chain drive-through when three cars driven by federal agents blocked him. Mike Lindell's autobiography came out in 2019 highlights his road to recovery. (Courtesy of Mike Lindell) It was Sept. 13 afternoon in Mankato, Minnesota. Lindell and a friend were halfway back from a duck hunting trip in Iowa. As one car pulled up perpendicularly in front of his car, a second pulled up alongside; and a third then appeared from behind, sandwiching Lindell’s car in the middle. Lindell stuck his head out of the car window. “Who are you guys?” he asked. The agents identified themselves as the FBI. “We just wanted to talk to you,” they said, Lindell recounted in an interview with The Epoch Times. The FBI, he said, targeted him over the voter fraud allegations he has voiced, and later seized his cell phone despite his vocal protests. In what might have lasted between half an hour and 45 minutes, Lindell’s food ran cold and his ice cream malt melted as the FBI agents questioned his proof to back up the election fraud allegations. Among other lines of questioning were Lindell’s ties to Colorado Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, the local election overseer he met at a cyber symposium he hosted last August. Peters has faced charges related to a breach of security protocols for her county’s voting systems, to which she pleaded not guilty last week. They asked him about his meeting with Ohio math teacher Douglas Frank, who also believes the 2020 presidential election results were manipulated, and about Lindell’s frequent air travel. “Well, I got bad news for you: we are going to take your cell phone,” Lindell remembered the agents saying. “No you are not, I’d rather be arrested, you are not going to get my phone,” he replied. Since he doesn’t have a computer, he said his phone was an essential device that he leans on to run his five businesses. “They want people to be scared to talk to Mike Lindell,” Lindell, who relented and handed over his phone after consulting his lawyer, told The Epoch Times on Wednesday. “You might get your phone taken at a drive-thru restaurant, you might get your door bashed in by the FBI,” he said, noting the string of FBI subpoenas for allies of former President Donald Trump reported in recent weeks. While Lindell initially thought the FBI was interested in him as part of the House probe into the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, the agents told him they had two separate cases in which he is named. The search warrant the FBI handed him authorized the seizure of an extensive list of information on Lindell’s phone, some of which appeared to be related to the tampering of the Dominion voting machines since Nov. 1, 2020, including information relating to the “damage to any Dominion computerized voting system” or” attempt to impair the integrity or availability” of the system. The warrant described Peters, Lindell, Frank, and several other individuals as “co-conspirators,” citing violations of three federal offenses: 18 U.S.C. §§ 1028(a)(7), identity theft; 1030(a)(5)(A), intentional damage to a protected computer; and 371, conspiracy to commit identity theft and/or to cause intentional damage to a protected computer. The FBI turned down Lindell’s request to back up his phone. “That was something that really upset me,” he said, adding that his last phone backup was from a couple of weeks earlier. But the recent FBI actions, he said, won’t dissuade him from his advocacy efforts. “The government weaponized the FBI, trying to scare me, trying to scare other people, but it didn’t change a thing,” he said. “This is Gestapo in Nazi Germany. This is what we’re up against.” “It didn’t rattle me,” he added. “I’m not going to unsee what I’ve seen.” Regarding his phone, Lindell is confident that the FBI will realize “there’s nothing in here.” “I do all things by calls, I rarely text, and I never email,” he said. “So whatever they’re looking for, they’re going to be on a wild goose chase.” Lindell’s lawyer is working to get his client’s phone back, and meanwhile, Lindell says he has already moved on. “I’m not even thinking about that. I’m thinking of what I have to do tomorrow, the next day, and the next day,” he said. “I have three huge speeches this week: One in Omaha, Nebraska, one in Idaho, and then with the President, our real president, in Ohio,” he said, referring to Trump. The phone confiscation, he said, has given him the opportunity to tell people that without election integrity, “We lose our country.” Read more here... Tyler Durden Thu, 09/15/2022 - 11:20.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 15th, 2022

Oversight Democrats Demand Federal Intervention Against "Election Misinformation"

Oversight Democrats Demand Federal Intervention Against 'Election Misinformation' Authored by Joseph Lord via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Democrats on the House Oversight Committee demanded in an Aug. 11 report that the federal government do more to respond to alleged “election misinformation,” which they say has weakened the capacity of election offices across the United States to carry out their official duties. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, speaks during a hearing in Washington on June 8, 2022. (Andrew Harnik/Pool/Getty Images) The committee report claimed that so-called misinformation efforts led by President Donald Trump and other conservatives have overwhelmed election offices and caused an uptick in threats against election workers (pdf). To respond to this, Democrats said, “strong federal leadership is needed.” “Lies and confusion about the 2020 election are an ongoing threat to representative democracy,” the report states. “Misinformation and disinformation drive fraudulent efforts to cast doubt on legitimate election results, increase threats to election administrators, and create pathways for bad actors to subvert our democratic elections.” In the same strain, the report added, “Lies about our elections, whether intentional falsehoods or pervasive misunderstandings, endanger both the democratic system and the people who administer our elections.” Threats Against Election Workers Allegedly Increased A key focus for Democrats in the report is the ways that the alleged misinformation about the 2020 election has increased threats against election officials and made it more difficult for them to do their jobs. “Election officials have been continuously vilified by conspiracy theorists led by former President Donald Trump and his supporters,” the Democrats wrote in one section of the report. In a subsection about “disinformation campaigns” carried out by “malicious domestic actors,” the report dives deeper into Democrats’ claims on this front. “Leading up to the 2020 presidential election, misinformation about all aspects of the voting process surged,” they wrote. “The coronavirus pandemic created a unique environment for voter confusion as states sought to adapt their rules on registering and voting by mail, creating opportunities for online misinformation to spread widely across the country. “After the election, some elected officials leveraged voters’ distrust to question the election results by espousing the ‘Big Lie’—the false claim that former President Donald Trump was the true winner of the 2020 election. These elected officials carried a dangerous message: that election administrators were to blame for the ‘stolen’ election. “Election administrators informed the Committee that responding to the influx of threats and disinformation required hours of work and increased security that made it more difficult for them to do their jobs. The President of the Election Officials of Arizona reported to the Committee that responding to the surge of concerns about voting by mail was ‘distracting us to the point where we can’t get our real work done.’ As each new false allegation of voter fraud was released and spread online, ‘the angry phone calls and threats start anew.’ “The President of the Florida Supervisors of Election told the Committee they ‘have been consumed with responding to numerous public records requests, debunking election myths, and increasing voter education efforts to strengthen voter confidence in the elections process.’ “The mounting pressures facing election workers and administrators are compounded by a vicious cycle of misinformation intended to reduce public faith in our election system.” The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) did find in an investigation that more than 1,000 election workers reported contacts that were “hostile or harassing.” However, though the report implies that the uptick has caused a great deal of violence, DOJ findings showed that only about 11 percent of those reports—about 110 cases—met the threshold for federal criminal investigation. Election Integrity Laws Targeted A key critique in the Democrats’ report involved efforts by state legislatures to tighten their election security laws in the wake of continuing concerns over the integrity of the 2020 election. In late 2021, Democrats in Congress attempted to respond to this spurt of tighter election laws—which many Democrats characterized as a “new Jim Crow”—with a series of ill-fated bills to strengthen federal control over elections. Though those efforts failed one by one to win enough support in the Senate, where Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Republicans in opposing several of the proposals, Democrats have remained frustrated with the litany of new laws. The Aug. 11 report makes clear that these laws are still a prime target for disgruntled Democrats. The report contends that “dangerous, misinformation-driven, so called ‘election integrity’ laws … threaten to undermine the voting process in future elections.” Since the 2020 election, the report says further down, “state legislators have … introduced and passed hundreds of election laws based on the Big Lie. Some of these bills would give partisan legislators more control over non-partisan election systems, while simultaneously making it more difficult for election officials to effectively do their jobs.” Throughout the report, Oversight Democrats leave no doubt as to whom they blame for the rise in “misinformation”: President Donald Trump and his conservative allies. “Misinformation led to violent death threats against local election officials, often inspired by comments from right-wing politicians and activists, leading many experienced officials to leave their positions,” the report claims. In another section, Democrats named several conservative commentators who have cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election by name. “In Florida, Alex Jones, Roger Stone, and Mike Lindell spread conspiracy theories about one election official for responding to false allegations of fraud,” they wrote in an effort to bolster their claim that conservatives are largely responsible for issues experienced by election officials. ‘Fraudulent’ Audits Democrats in the report targeted two election audits that took place in Arizona and New Mexico in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Despite being approved by relevant elected officials in the state, Democrats claimed these audits were “fraudulent.” The most important audit in the aftermath of the 2020 election took place in Maricopa County, Arizona—a blue stronghold in the state, which President Joe Biden reportedly won. Maricopa County was at the center of electoral controversies, spurring Republicans in the Arizona State House to order a full audit of the county’s results. The other prime audit targeted by Democrats in the report took place in Otero County, New Mexico. These audits, Democrats said, were “partisan” and “highlight the grave harm that could result from such efforts.” Committee Democrats said that the audits in Arizona and New Mexico were the result of “a network of malicious actors … encouraging elected officials across the country to undermine the integrity of their election systems.” “The audit [in Maricopa County],” Democrats claimed, “undermined public confidence in elections and fostered efforts across the country to suppress votes and subvert elections.” These “fraudulent” audits, Democrats said, “generate a feedback loop of more misinformation, increased pressure on election officials, and disruptive legislation, paving the way for bad actors to overturn valid election results.” They warned of the possibility of such audits increasing after the 2022 elections, which they said could further damage trust in the electoral process. “Fraudulent audits and unfounded refusals to certify election results may multiply during the 2022 midterms, further damaging trust in the electoral process.” ‘Strong Federal Action Is Needed’ In concluding their report, Democrats argued that “strong federal action is needed” to counter these alleged threats to the democratic process they say is caused by misinformation. “The threat posed to American democracy by election misinformation has changed and increased dramatically in the past two years,” they wrote. “The Committee’s investigations make clear that the greatest current threat to democratic legitimacy now comes from lies by domestic actors who seek to convince Americans that their election systems are fraudulent, corrupt, or insecure.” They describe the “urgent need to implement a federal whole-of-government plan to support local and state election officials as they respond to misinformation and share accurate information with voters. This response must also include vigorous law enforcement efforts to protect election officials from harassment and violence.” Democrats then laid out a litany of suggestions for actions by both the president and Congress. “The President should designate a lead federal agency or office to support state and local efforts to counter election misinformation,” they wrote, in a plan reminiscent of the now-defunct Department of Homeland Security Disinformation Governance Board, which was shut down after critics blasted the planned body as reminiscent of George Orwell’s “thought police” in the novel, “1984.” “[The president] should direct relevant agencies to coordinate with the lead agency on overall approaches, chains of communication, and best practices for advancing accurate information about the election process.” The report continues with the suggestion that “all relevant federal agencies should use their authorities in coordination with the lead agency to support state and local election officials’ efforts to counter misinformation during and after elections.” Oversight Democrats also recommended the continuation and expansion of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) “rumor control” webpage. “During the 2020 election, the [CISA webpage] sought to counter election misinformation,” they wrote. “CISA should continue to update this site to respond to national misinformation narratives. Trusted local voices, however, are the most effective messengers against misinformation.” The report went on to say that CISA’s misinformation team should coordinate with state authorities to create state-level “rumor control” websites. Further, Oversight Democrats demanded that the DOJ “aggressively pursue criminal and civil enforcement against those who threaten or harass election administrators.” To aid in this, Democrats recommended the creation of a DOJ task force that would aid local officials in determining which federal charges they can bring against those who threaten or harass election workers. Finally, on a congressional front, Oversight Democrats called for expanding funding allocations to election offices across the country, in addition to strengthening already-existing laws against threatening, harassing, or harming election officials. “To counter malicious actors threatening violence against election officials, Congress should also enact meaningful statutory penalties for anyone who threatens election officials and administrators,” the report said. Failed Efforts to Change Election Law The items targeted by the report—allegations of misinformation, attacks on legally ordered election audits, and on election integrity legislation passed in state legislatures across the United States—fit into the larger context of a string of failed efforts by Democrats during the 117th Congress to strengthen federal control over elections. Election integrity bills have been a focal point for attacks by Democrats, who have said that the legislation constitutes a “new Jim Crow.” Over the summer and early fall of 2021, when many legislatures were considering and passing such legislation for the first time, Democrats put forward a litany of bills designed to counter this alleged threat. The most ambitious of these, the For the People Act, would have rendered the federal government more control over elections than it has ever had. Among many other provisions, that bill would declare Congress has unilateral authority over the conducting of elections in any areas where state and federal prerogatives clashed. The bill also would have forbidden illegal aliens from facing legal consequences for efforts to vote illegally, allowed for election day voter registration, and permitted convicted felons to vote. This bill, by far the most expansive piece of election legislation put forward by Democrats, passed the House along party lines but failed in the Senate after Manchin refused to lend it his support. Other bills, including the House-created “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act” and a compromise bill created by Manchin, would have gone substantially less far—largely reinstating parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down in 2013 as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder. Like the For the People Act, these too failed to win enough support in the Senate to overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold. Republicans have been almost unilaterally opposed to Democrats’ election schemes, which they have said are an effort at “federalizing” elections. Thus, even if Congress were to move ahead with a legislative response to Oversight Democrats’ claims, it is unclear whether the bill would get very far in the upper chamber. Because of GOP opposition, it is likely that any such effort by Democrats will fail for the foreseeable future, short of the party gaining a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate. Tyler Durden Fri, 08/19/2022 - 19:40.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeAug 19th, 2022

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Issues Report Detailing "Myriad Of Election Issues"

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Issues Report Detailing 'Myriad Of Election Issues' Authored by Beth Brelje via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), More than two months after Pennsylvania’s May 17 primary election, the Department of State still has not certified the election results. It’s an administrative failure that undermines confidence in the state’s election system, according to Republican state Rep. Seth Grove, chairman of the State Government Committee. Pennsylvania state Rep. Seth Grove, a Republican, talks about his report on problems with Pennsylvania election systems in the capital building in Harrisburg on July 19, 2022. (Courtesy of Rep. Seth Grove) That is one of numerous examples Grove described at the state capital building in Harrisburg during a July 19 press conference in which he released a 186-page report (pdf) with the long title, “Election Reform in Pennsylvania: Missed Opportunities and Continued Chaos-an Interim Report on The Status of Elections in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania After the Veto of House Bill 1300.” Grove is still advocating for something like HB 1300, which Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed in June 2021. It was a package of election reforms that called for voter identification and provided for early in-person voting; moved the voter registration deadline back from 15 days to 30 days before the election; established a state bureau of election audits; allowed for pre-canvassing of mailed ballots; and would have made it easier for older and disabled voters by moving them to the front of the line or providing curbside voting so they could remain in their car. The bill also introduced stiffer fines and longer possible prison terms for election tampering. But Wolf didn’t go for it. “This bill is ultimately not about improving access to voting or election security, but about restricting the freedom to vote,” Wolf said in a statement about the veto. “If adopted it would threaten to disrupt election administration, undermine faith in government, and invite costly, time-consuming, and destabilizing litigation.” It didn’t seem like Wolf read the bill, Grove said in his report. “Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf vetoed the bill despite seeming largely unfamiliar with the contents. By vetoing the legislation, he made himself the sole obstacle to historic reform that would have improved nearly every aspect of election administration in Pennsylvania. Most importantly, it would have allowed the General Assembly to live up to our constitutional requirement for uniformity and fairness in elections and prevent any reoccurrence of the national attention our current, broken process received during and after the November 2020 Election.” Incidents from the Report The report details troubles in the state’s elections that have happened since 2020. The following incidents are a sampling of those described in more detail in the report: In 2021, a Luzerne County man admitted to using his deceased mother’s information to apply for an absentee ballot. During the May 2021 primary, some counties faced a shortage of paper ballots at polling places on election day, in part due to higher than expected in-person voting. Shortages happened in Clearfield, Delaware, Lebanon, and York counties, and possibly others. In Fayette County during the same election, an issue with barcodes meant ballots were not scanning or being recorded. Affected ballots were set aside and counted by hand when polls closed. Also in the May 2021 primary, nine Snyder County voters received the wrong ballots, and Erie County voters left two polling sites with their marked ballots. During the November 2021 general election, during the preelection process, Berks County’s Spanish-language ballot instructions included the incorrect date for the election, affecting 17,000 mail-in ballots. In the same election, the Lehigh County Board of Elections decided to count undated ballots. In response, members of the House Republican Caucus issued a letter threatening impeachment unless the law was followed. The matter resulted in litigation in federal courts, with the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ordering the undated ballots be counted. That was not the last of ballot issues. Another case in federal district court challenged the practice of disqualifying ballots lacking a secrecy envelope. The case is not yet resolved. And recently, the Department of State filed suit against the Berks, Lancaster, and Fayette county boards of elections over certification disputes arising from the 2022 primary election. At issue is the treatment of ballots lacking a date. These counties certified results excluding such ballots, as required by Pennsylvania law. Read more here... Tyler Durden Thu, 07/21/2022 - 18:40.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeJul 21st, 2022

Rudy Giuliani counter-sues Smartmatic, asking for voting systems company to pay his attorney fees. The company filed a $2.7 billion election defamation lawsuit against him, Fox News hosts and guests over outlandish conspiracies

"Smartmatic's litigation tactics are a naked attempt to attack a well-known public figure," Giuliani's lawyers said in their recent filing. Rudy Giuliani, former lawyer for President Donald Trump, appears on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 21, 2019.William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Rudy Giuliani is asking for voting systems company Smartmatic to pay his attorney fees. Giuliani filed a counterclaim in the company's $2.7 billion 2020 election defamation lawsuit Monday. In 2021, Smartmatic filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, and network hosts. Rudy Giuliani asked a New York State Supreme Court Judge to make voting systems company Smartmatic pay his attorney fees in a counterclaim filed in the company's sprawling $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Giuliani, and others, according to court documents.In February 2021, Smartmatic filed the defamation lawsuit against the network, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and current and former hosts including Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro, and Maria Bartiromo.At the time, the company claimed that Powell and Giuliani used right-wing media outlets like Fox News to amplify their baseless theories about the 2020 presidential election. "These defendants are primary sources of much of the false information," the company said last February. "Their unfounded accusations were repeated by other media outlets, journalists, bloggers, and influencers."Now, Giuliani is claiming that because Judge David B. Cohen threw out a handful of Smartmatic's claims against him in March that the election software company should pay for his legal fees."Smartmatic's litigation tactics, including its facially implausible damages claims, are a naked attempt to attack a well-known public figure," Giuliani's lawyers said in the counterclaim. "This lawsuit is plainly designed to censor and chill anyone who might consider exercising their constitutional rights to cover allegations by public figures concerning Smartmatic or its voting systems that Smartmatic deems unflattering." In March, Cohen ruled that Smartmatic's $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News could move forward, rejecting Fox's motion to dismiss the case, according to court documents.The original lawsuit focused on 13 reports that appeared on Fox News between November and December 2020, where people on the network including hosts and guests shared false conspiracies that Smartmatic stole the election, and "was a Venezuelan company under the control of corrupt dictators from socialist and communist countries; its election technology was used in six 'swing' or 'battleground' states with close outcomes," according to the lawsuit.In March, Cohen dismissed all of Smartmatic's claims against Pirro and Powell. Cohen also threw out some defamation claims against Giuliani due to a legal technicality, but other claims against Giuliani were allowed to proceed. The majority of the initial claims are still being litigated. Meanwhile, the company also filed a back-up lawsuit against Powell in a DC court, since claims against her were thrown out for jurisdictional reasons. By late March, Fox News appealed Cohen's ruling allowing the lawsuit to proceed, also filing a counterclaim under New York's Anti-SLAPP law, alleging that the outlet was simply reporting the news and hosts were sharing opinions protected by the first amendment. The network's attorneys also claimed that Smartmatic filed the suit because the company was losing money. In Giuliani's latest counterclaim, his lawyers used similar arguments, saying that the lawsuit "challenges speech that is fully protected by the First Amendment and New York law," alleging that "there is no legal basis on which to hold Giuliani liable for the speech at issue.""Smartmatic is confident in its claims against Mr. Giuliani," Smartmatic attorney J. Erik Connolly told Insider in an emailed statement. "Every court that has considered claims against individuals who spread disinformation following the 2020 U.S. election has found those claims to be meritorious."Attorneys representing Giuliani did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 14th, 2022

Rudy Giuliani counter-sues Smartmatic and asks for voting systems company to pay his attorney fees

"Smartmatic's litigation tactics are a naked attempt to attack a well-known public figure," Giuliani's lawyers said in their recent filing. Rudy Giuliani, former lawyer for President Donald Trump, appears on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 21, 2019.William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Rudy Giuliani is asking for voting systems company Smartmatic to pay his attorney fees. Giuliani filed a counterclaim in the company's $2.7 billion 2020 election defamation lawsuit Monday. In 2021, Smartmatic filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, and network hosts. Rudy Giuliani asked a New York State Supreme Court Judge to make voting systems company Smartmatic pay his attorney fees in a counterclaim filed in the company's sprawling $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Giuliani, and others, according to court documents.In February 2021, Smartmatic filed the defamation lawsuit against the network, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and current and former hosts including Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro, and Maria Bartiromo.At the time, the company claimed that Powell and Giuliani used right-wing media outlets like Fox News to amplify their baseless theories about the 2020 presidential election. "These defendants are primary sources of much of the false information," the company said last February. "Their unfounded accusations were repeated by other media outlets, journalists, bloggers, and influencers."Now, Giuliani is claiming that because Judge David B. Cohen threw out a handful of Smartmatic's claims against him in March that the election software company should pay for his legal fees."Smartmatic's litigation tactics, including its facially implausible damages claims, are a naked attempt to attack a well-known public figure," Giuliani's lawyers said in the counterclaim. "This lawsuit is plainly designed to censor and chill anyone who might consider exercising their constitutional rights to cover allegations by public figures concerning Smartmatic or its voting systems that Smartmatic deems unflattering." In March, Cohen ruled that Smartmatic's $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News could move forward, rejecting Fox's motion to dismiss the case, according to court documents.The original lawsuit focused on 13 reports that appeared on Fox News between November and December 2020, where people on the network including hosts and guests shared false conspiracies that Smartmatic stole the election, and "was a Venezuelan company under the control of corrupt dictators from socialist and communist countries; its election technology was used in six 'swing' or 'battleground' states with close outcomes," according to the lawsuit.In March, Cohen dismissed all of Smartmatic's claims against Pirro and Powell. Cohen also threw out some defamation claims against Giuliani due to a legal technicality, but other claims against Giuliani were allowed to proceed. The majority of the initial claims are still being litigated. Meanwhile, the company also filed a back-up lawsuit against Powell in a DC court, since claims against her were thrown out for jurisdictional reasons. By late March, Fox News appealed Cohen's ruling allowing the lawsuit to proceed, also filing a counterclaim under New York's Anti-SLAPP law, alleging that the outlet was simply reporting the news and hosts were sharing opinions protected by the first amendment. The network's attorneys also claimed that Smartmatic filed the suit because the company was losing money. In Giuliani's latest counterclaim, his lawyers used similar arguments, saying that the lawsuit "challenges speech that is fully protected by the First Amendment and New York law," alleging that "there is no legal basis on which to hold Giuliani liable for the speech at issue.""Smartmatic is confident in its claims against Mr. Giuliani," Smartmatic attorney J. Erik Connolly told Insider in an emailed statement. "Every court that has considered claims against individuals who spread disinformation following the 2020 U.S. election has found those claims to be meritorious."Attorneys representing Giuliani did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 14th, 2022

Trump"s supporters tried to breach Michigan voting systems 11 times in an attempt to prove his baseless stolen election claims: report

The state is currently investigating if the incidents were coordinated, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told Reuters. The 11 incidents that occurred in Michigan were part of a larger count of 17 breaches being investigated across the US.JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images Trump's supporters tried to breach voting systems in Michigan in 11 incidents, Reuters reported. They tried to gain unauthorized access to equipment to prove Trump's baseless voter fraud claims. Authorities are investigating if the incidents were coordinated, said Michigan's secretary of state. Supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to gain unauthorized access — sometimes successfully — to voting equipment in 11 incidents across Michigan, Reuters reported, citing state police documents.The outlet wrote that the state has been investigating incidents involving local election systems that Republican officials and pro-Trump activists breached in an attempt to prove Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.The investigation has grown to a stage where Michigan state police have obtained warrants to seize voting equipment and records in three towns and one county, per Reuters.The outlet reported that it had seen police records detailing how several of these breaches occurred: One official reportedly gave two vote-counting tabulators to an unauthorized, unidentified "third party" who kept them for weeks in early 2021, while a county clerk told investigators she also gave her equipment to unauthorized parties.Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's Democratic secretary of state, told Reuters that the state is currently investigating if the 11 incidents were coordinated and would "seek accountability for all involved." Michigan is a crucial battleground state for elections, which President Joe Biden won in 2020.The 11 incidents in Michigan are part of a larger count of 17 breaches being investigated across the US, per Reuters, which previously reported similar incidents in Colorado and North Carolina.In the Colorado case, a clerk copied voting data from a server onto two hard drives and gave them to lawyers, per the outlet. Meanwhile, the North Carolina incident involved a local GOP leader threatening to fire an election official if she didn't give him unauthorized access to voting systems.According to Reuters, Trump won in all the Michigan counties where the 11 breaches occurred. The results were certified by 250 post-election audits carried out by the Bureau of Elections.However, per Reuters, pro-Trump activists and officials wanted to prove that the former president won by a larger margin in these areas.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytJun 7th, 2022

Meet the candidate who wants to be "exhibit A" for getting partisan politics out of the business of running elections

"When you're the Washington State Secretary, you play a national leadership role. We are exhibit A," Julie Anderson said. A cyclist rides past a ballot drop box, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Seattle. Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is running to be the state's first nonpartisan chief election official.Ted S. Warren/AP Julie Anderson is running for Washington secretary of state as a nonpartisan candidate.  Anderson wants Washington to pioneer a nationwide move towards nonpartisan election administration. "When you're the Washington State Secretary, you play a national leadership role. We are exhibit A," she said. Julie Anderson, who is vying for the role of Washington State's secretary of state, says she likes "a challenge."But even in a state that's elected independent-minded secretaries of state in the past, Anderson said, trying to get elected as a nonpartisan candidate within the US's two-party political system is inherently an uphill battle. "I am running with one hand behind my back, for sure," she told Insider in a Thursday interview.Washington State has pioneered election innovations in voting by mail, top-two primary elections, and election security. And in the 2022 midterms, the Evergreen State could be the first in the nation in over a century to elect a nonpartisan chief election official.Anderson, the county auditor and top election official in Pierce County, launched her campaign for Washington secretary of state on Wednesday seeking to accomplish that feat.She has served in local government since 2004, including 12 years running elections in Washington's second-largest county. She's running to serve out the rest of former Republican Secretary of State Kim Wy man's term. Wyman was reelected in 2020 but left the office earlier this year to take a senior position working on election security issues under the Biden administration with the nation's top cybersecurity agency.In next August's primary, Anderson will compete against Steve Hobbs, a Democrat who Gov. Jay Inslee appointed to fill the position, and Republican state lawmaker Keith Wagoner. In Washington's primary elections, candidates for all parties compete on the same ballot, and the top two advance to the general. In a political system dominated by two main political parties, Washington's top-two primaries could give Anderson an opening she wouldn't have in another state. "It's values-based and really consistent with my MO," Anderson said of her run. "I've never run under a party banner ... so there's no reason to change that point of view. And it's because I like to work with everybody, and like to solve problems that work for everybody. And why create that unnecessary drag in an office like this?"An elected or appointed secretary of state serves as the chief election official in 34 US states. And all, except for Pennsylvania's appointed elections chief, officially serve under the flag of the Democratic or Republican parties. "No other democracy lets partisans run elections the way we do," Kevin Johnson, executive director of the Election Reformers Network, a group that advocates for nonpartisan election administration, told Insider. "We have gotten by with our approach because officials have acted in good faith, but now that's under threat, and we need true nonpartisan professionals in these offices."Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman works at her desk in her office, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.Ted S. Warren/AP'This is a ministerial job where you've got to have your head screwed on straight'Wyman, a Republican, spent much of 2020 vigorously defending Washington's vote-by-mail system from staunch critics within her own party, including former President Donald Trump, and assisting other states in expanding voting by mail. Before leaving office, she also advocated for making the secretary position nonpartisan. Asked about why she's running as a nonpartisan candidate, Anderson replied: "It creates more trusting relationships with the residents and peers of residents in Washington State right off the bat."While running under the banner of a political party can provide candidates with more funds and resources, "it's just not worth the money," Anderson said.Long before 2020, partisan secretaries of state running competitive elections have spurred concerns about conflicts of interest. While they don't directly create policy, secretaries can still tip the scales either when shaping and interpreting election policy prior to an election or weighing in on contentious recounts and election disputes — most famously in the 2000 presidential election dispute in Florida. In 2018, for example, former GOP secretaries of state like Brian Kemp in Georgia and Kris Kobach in Kansas faced criticism for their actions in overseeing their own gubernatorial elections. Kemp, for example, removed tens of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls, and accused his political opponents of hacking into the state's voter registration system, an allegation that was later unsubstantiated by law enforcement.Such precedents unfairly harm secretaries like Wyman who worked to put partisan politics aside, according to Anderson."Past secretaries of state who have had really very good reputations for operating their office in a nonpartisan way were unnecessarily savaged by their own parties and other parties because people suspected that they were playing favorites or shouldn't be playing favorites," Anderson said. When it came to Wyman, Anderson said: "People were always undercutting her and trying to deprive her of oxygen and she was trying to do really good things for elections."They wanted to deprive her of any opportunity or advantage to run for governor. And she never had any intentions of running for governor," she added.Anderson said that in addition to making the secretary of state and county auditors' offices nonpartisan, she wants secretaries of state to be expressly barred from partisan political activity, like endorsing political candidates, or from using the secretary's office as a launchpad for higher office."I think what's going to be appealing at the end of the day is expertise and that experience counts," Anderson said of her campaign. "So it's up to me to make the case that this is a ministerial job where you've got to have your head screwed on straight, and you've got to know the facts, and you've got to have some real working experience.""When you're the Washington State Secretary, you play a national leadership role. We are exhibit A," she added.Flags supporting President Donald Trump and one that reads "Stop the Steal" are displayed during a protest rally, Jan. 4, 2021, at the Farm Boy Drive-In restaurant near Olympia, Wash.Ted S. Warren/APAnderson worries about 'democratic institutions being cannibalized from the inside out'Not only can partisan secretaries of state use their positions to undermine the opposing party, but they can face antidemocratic pressures from within. The 2020 election showed how partisan election chiefs are vulnerable to intense pressure and intimidation to sway election outcomes from powerful figures in their own parties. Trump, nearly two months after the 2020 election, pressured Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" the votes necessary to reverse his election loss in the state in a January 2 phone call. This came after weeks of Trump publicly lambasting Raffensperger and other Republicans, like Gov. Doug Ducey in Arizona, who defended the integrity of elections Trump lost. "I'm really worried about these democratic institutions being cannibalized from the inside out," Anderson said. "People that want to weaken election systems or roll them back and make them more difficult and inaccessible and then running for office on that platform, and working with like-minded people in legislative races is a way of dismantling a lot of progress in America."Rick Barron, the outgoing elections director in Fulton County, Georgia, previously told Insider that new details of the intimidation and violent harassment that his rank-and-file staffers faced as downstream consequences from Trump's brazen efforts to overturn the election were "surreal.""As a non-partisan this makes me fear for our democratic institutions," he said. "I believe in government institutions rather than political parties. Those institutions have stood and evolved since the beginning of our republic."Raffensperger and Kemp held firm under pressure and stood by their certification of the 2020 election for President Joe Biden. But because they still ultimately operate as partisan officials within a two-party system, both risk losing their jobs to Trump-endorsed primary challengers next year for doing so. "If one team picks the umpire, they control the game, and there's not much point in playing. If political parties control elections, they can determine who wins, and our democracy starts to become meaningless," Johnson said.Anderson, for her part, wants Washington to pioneer nonpartisan election administration."I want to capture the seat and be an example for the rest of the nation, that it can be done, that it is possible," she said.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 17th, 2021

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Insider he"s already spent $25 million pushing voter fraud claims, and will spend everything he has on the cause

Lindell said he'll invest his entire fortune and "sell everything" if that is "what it takes" to prove the election was stolen from Trump. Trump ally and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he's invested at least $25 million in a bid to push Trump's baseless voter-fraud claims and re-instate the former president.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell estimates that he has spent $25 million trying to overturn the 2020 election. Lindell told Insider that he is willing to spend everything he has and "sell everything" for his cause. Lindell estimated that at least $10 million went into building Frank Speech, his social media platform. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — estimated to have a net worth of around $50 million — revealed this week that he has spent a whopping $25 million pushing unsubstantiated voter fraud claims.This staggering number was first reported by CNBC's Brian Schwartz, who spoke to Lindell about how much he has invested in his efforts since Election Day to prove that widespread election fraud occurred. CNBC reported that Lindell spent most of the $25 million sum paying lawyers and cyber investigators and organizing a 72-hour cyber symposium he held in Sioux Falls earlier this year. Speaking to Insider on Thursday night, Lindell confirmed the $25 million figure, adding that the breakdown included a $10 million sum that he spent building Frank Speech, his social media platform from which he broadcasts nightly. "(The number) includes building FrankSpeech.com, so I have a place for free speech," Lindell told Insider, adding that he thinks the "biggest obstacle" to saving America is conservative media. "Especially Fox, Newsmax, Salem, etcetera. They are the worst as they have canceled our voice! They won't talk about the 2020 election or anything against the (COVID-19) vaccines." "I will spend everything I have and sell everything I have if that's what it takes," Lindell added, referring to his campaign to overturn the 2020 election and re-instate Trump as president. Lindell estimated that around $500,000 has gone into paying lawyers representing him in his legal battle with Dominion. The voting systems company sued Lindell for $1.3 billion, and MyPillow is counter-suing Dominion for $1.6 billion. The pillow executive added that part of the cash invested into his post-2020 election-fraud crusade has also funded a legal team for Tina Peters, a GOP clerk in Mesa County, Colorado. Peters is accused by prosecutors of allowing an unauthorized consultant to gain access to the county's voting machines. Insider has reached out to Tina Peters to confirm this claim. According to CNBC's report, Lindell also contributed cash to Women for America First, one of the permit holders for the January 6 rally in Washington where Trump called on his supporters to march to the Capitol. Lindell denied that he was a donor for the group, but said he paid $100,000 for an ad on the bus which brought members of the organization to Washington."I spent a lot on flying myself and teams to different states to prove that the election crimes happened in their states too," Lindell told Insider on Thursday night. "I am spending a lot more of late, as we are getting access to many (voting) machines and doing massive canvassing in over 40 states." In a separate estimate to CNBC, Lindell said MyPillow lost around $80 million when retailers stopped selling his bedding products. This is up from an earlier number reported by Insider in February, where Lindell said he expected to lose $65 million in pillow revenue because of the retailer boycotts. Fueled by a staunch belief in the baseless theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, Lindell has continued to push a slew of Trump's voter-fraud claims.In a court filing, voting-machine maker Smartmatic in December accused Lindell of going on a "crusade without a cause," arguing that his allegations that voting machines enabled voter fraud to happen are "fictitious." There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. However, Lindell has held multiple events, from the cyber-symposium to a recently-concluded 96-hour marathon "Thanks-a-Thon" live stream in November, in a bid to convince more people that voter fraud did occur. Lindell earlier promised his supporters that he would get a Supreme Court complaint — which baselessly claims widespread election fraud in the 2020 election — to the court before Thanksgiving. However, he failed to make the deadline.Lindell told Insider on Thursday that changes have since been made to the complaint that "should be done" by this coming Monday.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytDec 17th, 2021

A "source" Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell cited in "Antifa" vote-rigging claim said he was working with election officials to gain "access" to Dominion machines

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold told Insider she's "confident" the state's voting machines are secure. Sidney Powell, an attorney later disavowed by the Trump campaign, participates in a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. November 19, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Right-wing activist Joe Oltmann claimed to be working with election clerks to "access" voting machines. In Mesa County, Colorado, one clerk is accused of granting unauthorized access to a Dominion machine. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said she's "confident" the state's elections are secure. Two days after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, a pro-Trump activist from Colorado was not giving up on the hunt for evidence that there was a conspiracy to steal the 2020 election. And he was going to prove it, he said, with a vast right-wing conspiracy of his own.In an email to Sidney Powell - a lawyer who helped the Trump campaign try to overturn the former president's November loss, work for which she has since been legally sanctioned - Joe Oltmann, a businessman who founded the activist group FEC United, wrote that it would be a "good idea to connect" to further discuss his claims about Eric Coomer, an employee at Dominion Voting Systems.At a November press conference alongside Rudy Giuliani, Powell said Coomer had been "recorded in a conversation with antifa members saying that he had the election rigged for Mr. Biden." "A vicious, vicious man," Giuliani added.Those comments were based on the testimony of Oltmann, who said that in September 2020 he had managed to infiltrate an "antifa" conference call with Coomer.Antifa is not an organization, however - it is a term for anti-fascist activists who embrace confrontational and sometimes violent tactics at street protests - nor was there any recording of such a conversation. Powell, Giuliani, and Oltmann have all been sued for defamation over the claim.But in his January 22 email to Powell, released as part of that defamation lawsuit, Oltmann said he was working on another project. "You also need to be aware of what we are doing in Colorado in gaining access to the Dominion systems under the radar," he wrote. "We have several county clerks cooperating. Need to settle down the chaos so you can get a grasp on all of the information."That assertion has raised eyebrows in the wake of one Colorado county clerk appearing to do just that. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters is currently under investigation for allegedly granting unauthorized access to a Dominion voting machine. Source code from the machine was posted online by a QAnon conspiracy theorist and Peters herself traveled to an election-conspiracy conference hosted by MyPillow founder Mike Lindell where she boasted of having uncovered fraud in a state that President Biden won by a 13.5% margin. In an email sent January 22, 2021, Joe Oltmann told Sidney Powell he was working with county clerks in Colorado to gain "access" to Dominion voting machines. Insider The Colorado Times Recorder was the first to connect Oltmann's purported conspiracy with Peters. But Oltmann denied she was one of the clerks he was referencing. "I will come for you and the rest of your shill Antifa terrorists," he wrote in an email to the outlet.If Oltmann actually collaborated with anyone, he's not saying. He did not respond to a request for comment.Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, meanwhile, told Insider her office remains "confident" the state's voting machines are secure."Should there be an internal security breach like the one that occurred in Mesa County, Colorado has layers of preventative and detection security measures in place," she said.But that doesn't mean there is nothing to be concerned about. There is already a demonstrated interest on the part of some elections officials to use their office to perpetuate unfounded claims about fraud. And there is an effort underway to replace those who won't. "Insider threats are likely to spread as the Big Lie grows," Griswold said, "and states across the country should immediately take action to ensure they have sufficient security."Have a news tip? Email this reporter: cdavis@insider.comRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 12th, 2021

County GOP calls for an audit of the 2020 election results in Florida, a state that Trump won

Last fall, former President Trump defeated now-President Biden in Florida by a 51.2% to 47.9% margin - an advantage of more than 371,000 votes. Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Sarasota, Fla., on July 3, 2021. Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The Lake County, Fla., GOP is pressuring state Republicans to conduct an audit of the 2020 election. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has reaffirmed the integrity of the state's voting systems. However, Lake County Republicans, including state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, want an electoral review. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and top conservative lawmakers in Tallahassee are being pushed by members of their own party to audit the 2020 presidential election results, despite former President Donald Trump's relatively comfortable win in the state last year.DeSantis, an ally of Trump and a potential 2024 GOP presidential contender, said that Florida "did it right" in administering the 2020 presidential election, but still signed off on restrictive voting measures passed by the conservative-dominated legislature in May.In late September, the Lake County Republican Party, based in a fast-growing and GOP-leaning jurisdiction near Orlando, unanimously approved five resolutions to send to every Florida state lawmaker in calling for a full audit of the election results.Last fall, Trump defeated now-President Joe Biden in Florida by a 51.2% to 47.9% margin - the former president won the state with 5,668,731 votes, while the current president secured 5,297,045 votes, an advantage of more than 371,000 votes.Biden made inroads in populous localities like Duval County, which contains Jacksonville, and Orange County, which is anchored by Orlando, but Trump overperformed with Latino voters in crucial Miami-Dade County, a longtime Democratic stronghold that the party must dominate to counter GOP advantages in the Panhandle and Southwest Florida.The push comes as GOP state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who represents part of the county in the Florida House, filed House Bill 99 last month, which would allow an "independent" third party to conduct a "forensic" audit of the results.In its current form, Sabatini's bill calls for audits in counties with populations over 250,000 - meaning the proposal would affect many Democratic and minority-heavy jurisdictions like Orange, Broward, Palm Beach, and Hillsborough counties - as well as some GOP-leaning locales like Lake, Brevard, Lee, and Polk counties."It's not about margin of victory," Sabatini recently told Politico. "The fact is that people want total verification of the election results. They want an independent review of the votes."The push comes as GOP legislators, encouraged by Trump, have sought a review of the results in pivotal swing states including Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.Last month, a report from the group Cyber Ninjas, which for conducted a monthslong forensic audit of the results from Arizona's populous Maricopa County, showed that Biden won the state.The former president has pressed GOP lawmakers for similar reviews in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that he won in 2016 but lost in 2020.For months, Trump has alleged, without verifiable evidence, that the election was stolen from him, which has set off a cascade of GOP-led voting restrictions at the state level that have frustrated Washington Democrats who wrote their own federal election reform bills that have so far languished in Congress.GOP Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has come under fire for defending the push for an audit in the Lone Star State, which the former president won by nearly 6% against Biden. None of the audits conducted so far have uncovered any instances of large-scale voting fraud.In Florida, GOP Secretary of State Laurel Lee said that a "forensic audit" wasn't necessary because county election officials tested machines before the election and conducted random reviews after the presidential contest."Florida's election in 2020 was accurate, transparent, and conducted in compliance with Florida law," she said in a statement about Sabatini's bill. "Florida has already conducted both pre- and post-elections audits, and we are confident in the security and integrity of our 2020 election results."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytOct 9th, 2021

Texas Conducting Audit Of 2020 Election Results

Texas Conducting Audit Of 2020 Election Results Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, The Texas Secretary of State’s office is carrying out a forensic audit of 2020 election results in four large counties, including Dallas and Harris counties. The office announced the audit last week but declined to provide more details. Phase one of the review is already underway, the office says. This phase involves verifying the accuracy of voting machines, assessing cybersecurity, and pinpointing and removing from voter rolls any people who cast votes illegally in 2020. State officials have received reports from the Electronic Registration Information Center regarding voters who may have voted twice or who illegally voted in Texas despite living in another state. In addition, officials have identified votes they say were potentially cast by non-U.S. citizens and alerted counties to review each case. Once that’s done, any instances of possible illegal voting will be referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for investigation. Phase two of the audit, estimated to take place in the spring of next year, is centered on examining the election records from various counties, including Tarrant and Collins counties. The Secretary of State’s office plans to examine all chain-of-custody forms concerning equipment and all logic and accuracy-testing records for voting machines. Depending on the results of the examination, there could be a full manual recount in the affected precincts or polling locations. “The purpose of this audit is to ensure all Texas voters can have confidence in the elections systems in our state, and to address any outstanding issues county election officials may face that undermines the integrity of our elections,” the office said in a statement. A spokesman said in an email that the office won’t be hiring or contracting with any outside firms to conduct the audits. The position of Texas secretary of state is currently vacant. Election offices in the four counties didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, a Democrat, told reporters last week that “the sensational announcement of an audit by the state is nothing more than a political ploy by a former president and someone who’s trying to curry favor.” “I’m working to do everything in my power to stop this not only because complying with a sham audit will take us away from serious work we have to do but also, and most importantly, because it will take trust away from our election systems here in Harris County and here in Texas,” she said. The review was announced shortly after former President Donald Trump called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, to carry out a forensic audit of the 2020 election, and shortly before an audit in Arizona was announced to have uncovered multiple inconsistencies. Trump won Texas in the 2020 election by about 630,000 votes but said in a letter to Abbott that he heard Texans want an audit. “Your citizens don’t trust the election system,” he wrote. “Texans know voting fraud occurred in some of their counties.” Abbott defended the audit over the weekend. “There are audits of every aspect of government. We have a state auditor. There’s a federal auditor for the way that government operations work. Businesses that are public companies are subject to an annual audit,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Why do we audit everything in this world, but people raise their hands in concern when we audit elections, which is fundamental to our democracy?” He also said the audit began months ago, although that hadn’t been previously disclosed. Tyler Durden Thu, 09/30/2021 - 10:07.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 30th, 2021

An appeals court decision against Donald Trump came back to bite MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in a separate case

A day-old appeals court decision against Trump boomeranged to work against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a prominent ally of the former president. CEO of MyPillow Mike Lindell on April 5, 2022.Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images A judge rejected MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's request for DOJ to return his seized cellphone. The judge cited an appeals court decision against Trump in his lawsuit over the Mar-a-Lago search. Trump appointed Judge Eric Tostrud, who denied Lindell's bid to get his phone back. Just a day after an appeals court cleared the Justice Department to review classified records seized from Mar-a-Lago, the decision proved a setback not only for former President Donald Trump but also for one of his most prominent allies.In Minnesota, a federal judge on Thursday rejected MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's request for the return of his cellphone, which federal agents seized last week in the drive-through line of a fast-food restaurant. The ruling from Judge Eric Tostrud came only two days after Lindell filed a lawsuit demanding that the Justice Department return his cellphone and refrain from accessing data on the device.Ruling against Lindell, Tostrud did not have to look far to find legal precedent backing up his conclusion that the phone should remain in the Justice Department's hands. A Trump appointee confirmed in 2018, Tostrud cited the recent decision from the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that allowed the Justice Department to resume its review of about 100 classified records seized from the former president's South Florida home and private club. In that decision, three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit overruled a lower court order barring the Justice Department from reviewing the classified materials. The 11th Circuit panel fully embraced the Justice Department's argument that a further delay in its review of the classified records could cause "irreparable harm" to the government and public."It is self-evident that the public has a strong interest in ensuring that the storage of the classified records did not result in 'exceptionally grave damage to the national security,'" the 11th Circuit judges wrote."Ascertaining that," they added, "necessarily involves reviewing the documents, determining who had access to them and when, and deciding which (if any) sources or methods are compromised."The 11th Circuit panel included two Trump appointees — Judges Andrew Brasher and Britt Grant — along with Judge Robin Rosenbaum, an Obama appointee. In addition to sympathizing with the Justice Department's national security concerns, the panel appeared at a loss for why Trump needed access to the classified records seized from his South Florida estate."For our part, we cannot discern why Plaintiff would have an individual interest in or need for any of the one-hundred documents with classification markings," the judges wrote.Rarely does an appeals court decision so rapidly grow legs that it is cited in a separate case within 24 hours. But  Tostrud found use for it as he presides over just one of the lawsuits Trump and his allies have filed seeking to limit the Justice Department's access to evidence.Last week, Lindell said that FBI agents swarmed his car while he was in the drive-through line at a Hardee's and presented him with a warrant for his phone. In interviews and on his online television show, Lindell said the agents asked about his ties to Tina Peters, a county clerk in Colorado who is facing state charges related to an alleged effort to obtain data from voting machines produced by Dominion Voting Systems. Peters is accused of engineering a scheme she believed would prove a long-debunked conspiracy theory that Dominion's machines were used to steal the 2020 election from Trump.The seizure of Lindell's phone signaled interest at the federal level in the accusations against Peters. In Lindell, the search warrant targeted one of the highest-profile promoters of pro-Trump disinformation about the 2020 election.Lindell's lawsuit followed a similar move by John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who helped advise Trump on how to overturn the 2020 election results. Eastman filed a lawsuit for the return of his cellphone after FBI agents seized it in a restaurant parking lot in New Mexico. A federal judge rejected his bid for the immediate return of his phone, and the Justice Department later obtained another search warrant to review the contents of the device. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 22nd, 2022

Mike Lindell is suing the FBI, saying they violated his "First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment" rights by seizing his phone

Lindell sent Insider a draft copy of his lawsuit, which lists Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI director Christopher Wray as defendants. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has his cell phone seized on September 13.Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and DOJ for seizing his phone. Insider obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Lindell is represented by lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Lindell says the FBI and DOJ violated his First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and Department of Justice for seizing his mobile phone outside a Hardee's in Mankato, Minnesota, and accusing the authorities of violating his constitutional rights. Lindell sent Insider a copy of the lawsuit in which Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray were listed as defendants.Represented by a legal team including conservative lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Lindell's suit claims the FBI violated his "First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment" rights. He is also demanding that his cell phone be returned and that any information obtained from his phone by the FBI or DOJ not be released. The lawsuit gives a detailed account of Lindell's side of the incident, in which he describes driving home at 4 a.m. on September 13 with a friend after going duck hunting in Minnesota. Per the suit, Lindell's group was at a Hardee's in Mankato sometime in the late morning when they found themselves boxed in by FBI officers.Lindell's team wrote that the FBI must have had him under surveillance because he had not made his location at the Hardee's publicly known.The filing also stated that Lindell began "fearing for his and his friend's lives" as FBI officers approached their vehicle. Per the filing, a conversation then ensued between Lindell and the officers about "Dominion Voting Systems," indicted Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, and Lindell's private plane travel. The officers also seized Lindell's phone.Lindell told Insider last week that the phone seizure was linked to an investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump Colorado election official accused of facilitating an election-data leak.Lindell has been linked to Peters, who was accused in April of accepting a private plane ride from the business owner. Lindell also told Insider that he'd been helping to pay off Peters' legal fees, with some funds coming from his "personal money" that was redirected through a fundraising platform called the Lindell Legal Offense Fund.Lindell's team further claimed in their filing that the MyPillow CEO had been subjected to "unlawful detention" and that the agencies had been "unreasonable" when executing the search and seizure warrant.A representative from the DOJ attached to Lindell's case told Insider that their office had no comment on the matter. Speaking to Insider on Tuesday, Lindell said he was suing over what he thought was the "worst violation" of his rights. "It's horrible. Can you believe they did that to your friend?" he told Insider.Lindell told Insider that had the FBI approached him at night, he would have "bashed" his way through their cars with his pickup truck. "Because I would have thought they were bad guys there. There was no sign that they were law enforcement, the way they surrounded me like that," he said, adding that he believed the agency had been "weaponized" by the government. However, Lindell maintained that he would not have minded being detained by the FBI. "I don't care if I get arrested or anything or if they're going to bring me in," Lindell said. "So I can get the word out to get rid of the voting machines, you know that? I'd do whatever it takes." Lindell continues to be highly involved in pushing former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. For one, he is bankrolling a nationwide effort to stop the use of electronic voting machines. He is also embroiled in a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed against him by the voting-technology company Dominion and a suit filed by the voting-systems company Smartmatic.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 20th, 2022

Liz Cheney is "very worried" about election deniers seeking office in 2022: "They must be defeated"

Top Republicans running for US Senate and governor declined to say if they'd accept the results of their races, per new NYT and WaPo reports. Rep. Liz Cheney in a CNN special report on the January 6 investigation.Screenshot via CNN/Politico Playbook Rep. Liz Cheney told CNN she's "very worried" about election deniers running for office in 2022. 43 election-denying candidates are seeking statewide office in 27 states, one report found.  "I think those people have all got to be defeated," Cheney said.  GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said she's "very worried" about election-denying candidates running for office and said "they must be defeated" in the 2022 midterms in an interview for a CNN special report on the House January 6 Committee's investigation. Cheney, the vice-chair of the House panel probing January 6, lost the Republican primary for another term in Congress representing Wyoming to a Trump-backed challenger in August."I'm very worried. I think those people must be defeated." Cheney said in a clip of the interview, hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and set to air in full at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, obtained by Politico Playbook. "The responsibility that we all have to make sure that we make sure we defend our republic and defend our institutions has to be above politics." In all, 43 Republican candidates for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state who have denied the outcome of the 2020 election will be on the November ballot in 27 states, a recent report from the nonpartisan group States United Action found. Arizona, Michigan, and Alabama have such candidates running for all three of those offices in November. "It doesn't matter what party someone belongs to," Cheney added. "If they are running on the basis that they will, for example, refuse to certify legitimate election results in the future, they've got to be defeated."Cheney warned of the candidates positioning themselves to deliver a victory to former President Donald Trump if he runs again in 2024 in key states like Arizona, Michigan, and Nevada. "That's obviously, fundamentally, a threat to the survival of the republic, and I think those people have all got to be defeated," Cheney said. In addition to election deniers making the ballot, the 2022 primary elections have seen several Republican candidates, including ones who lost their races by wide margins, refusing to concede their losses, baselessly claiming fraud, and in, some cases, seeking recounts. And even more could follow in former President Donald Trump's model of refusing to concede defeat in November. Trump was the highest-profile candidate to break from that norm in 2020, when he refused to concede his loss to President Joe Biden even after his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.  In a New York Times report published Sunday, the outlet surveyed 20 Republican candidates running for US Senate and governor, and found that six, all endorsed by Trump, declined to confirm that they would accept the results of their elections. A similar Washington Post report, also published Sunday, found that a dozen top GOP Senate and gubernatorial candidates would not commit to accepting the results of their races this fall or did not respond, with several of those who did casting doubt on the security of their states' voting systems.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytSep 18th, 2022

Dominion Voting Systems wants to question several Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs producers in their sprawling election conspiracy lawsuit against Fox News

The case is set to go to trial in April 2023, and the voting company will aim to use key testimonies from the producers to build its case. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress is shown on a screen outside of the Fox News headquarters on July 24, 2019 in New York City. Mueller is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill.Drew Angerer/Getty Images Dominion Voting Systems wants Tucker Carlson producers to share critical insight. In new filings, the voting company has asked Fox News producers to be deposed by the end of the month. Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News in March 2021 seeking $1.6 billion over election lies. Lawyers representing Dominion Voting Systems is now asking producers for Tucker Carlson to sit for depositions in their sprawling $1.6 billion election defamation lawsuit against Fox News.According to a series of filings this week, Dominion has asked Justin Wells, Eldad Yaron, Alex Pfieffer, producers for Tucker Carlson, as well as John Fawcett, a former associate producer for former Fox host Lou Dobbs to sit for depositions by the end of September.On March 26, 2021, Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News seeking $1.6 billion in damages, claiming that the network gave prominence to the election-fraud claims as a tactic to revive viewership as ratings dropped after President Donald Trump's loss.Dominion manufactures and sells electronic voting hardware, software, and voting machines, and was repeatedly targeted with conspiracies in the wake of the 2020 election.And in the company's lawsuit, Dominion claimed that Fox News "sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process."Two months later, Fox News filed to dismiss the motion, and by December 2021, a judge had rejected Fox's motion."We are confident we will prevail as freedom of the press is foundational to our democracy and must be protected, in addition to the damages claims being outrageous, unsupported and not rooted in sound financial analysis, serving as nothing more than a flagrant attempt to deter our journalists from doing their jobs," a spokesperson for Fox News told Insider in a statement. Attorneys for Fox News did not immediately return Insider's request for comment. The case is set to go to trial in April 2023, and the voting company will aim to use key testimonies from the producers to build its case. In June, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis ruled that Dominion's lawsuit could move forward including claims against Fox Corporation, Fox News's parent company run by Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch.Davis argued that Fox News's parent company Fox Corporation could also be found to be liable for pushing and directing the campaign of election lies, particularly after Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden and as the network sought to regain lost viewers from right-wing channels like Newsmax and One America News Network.In February 2021, another voting systems company, Smartmatic, filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and current and former hosts, which is moving forward in New York.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 14th, 2022

Alaska Reminds Us Ranked Choice Voting Is A Bad Idea

Alaska Reminds Us Ranked Choice Voting Is A Bad Idea Authored by Todd Carnery via RealClear Wire, A few weeks ago, Alaska held a special election using ranked choice voting. This was Alaska’s first general election using ranked choice voting, and it also made the state one of the first major jurisdictions in the United States to employ the new voting system. For years many, election experts have pushed ranked choice as a way to fix the problems in America’s elections. In their view, this new system would create more excitement and give more people a voice by offering marginalized candidates a fighting chance. Over the last few years, three major jurisdictions have held ranked choice voting elections, and they have consistently created issues that could lead to more problems in elections. Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Innotata using CommonsHelper. Iqyax at English Wikipedia Maine first held an election using ranked choice voting in 2018. That cycle had a competitive congressional race where the Republican incumbent, Bruce Poliquin, initially finished ahead, but over a week later, the Democratic challenger ultimately won the election. The race led to costly litigation and heated rhetoric. Two years later, Maine had a competitive senate race and the media did call the election by the morning after. But this speed only came because Republican incumbent Susan Collins won in a landslide with over 50% of the vote, and by close to double digits. If Maine had had a closer race that cycle, it might have taken weeks to get the results and led to the same controversial rhetoric the rest of the nation saw. The only way to avoid a long convoluted count with ranked choice voting is for someone to win by a large margin. So in close elections, ranked choice voting will undermine confidence in the results. About seven months after Collins’ victory in Maine, New York City used ranked choice voting for their mayoral primary. This election faced a lot of scrutiny. In the month leading up to the election, experts noted that the race could face major delays in the count. Despite this notice, the election still experienced so many delays that it took over two weeks to declare results. The public and media faced confusion over the election results. Then-mayoral candidate Eric Adams accused two of his opponents of racist actions by trying to strategically ally using ranked choice voting. Vox claimed that the issues in counting the ballots did not occur due to ranked choice voting, but instead were the result of problematic policies and personnel in the New York City government. This theory may have some truth as it did take a lot of time in 2020 to count votes in New York City without ranked choice voting. But even if Vox’s claim is true, it still further demonstrates why ranked choice voting is a bad idea right now. Many jurisdictions currently have a lot of problems counting votes in a timely manner. The influx of mail-in voting has already complicated things, so adding ranked choice voting to these jurisdictions would put stress on an unsound structure. Alaska has faced similar problems. Like New York, Alaska has long had delays in counting votes, especially lately with the large amount of mail-in ballots. But ranked choice voting has still created further confusion and chaos. It took two weeks to count the initial ballots, and then after that, Alaska took another day to sort through ranked choice voting. A Democrat ultimately won the seat, but the Republican candidates combined had initially received roughly 59% of the vote. The results have created raucous debate over whether the outcome spells good news for Democrats, despite the fact that the Democrat only initially received about 40% of the vote. On top of these issues, ranked choice voting has failed to deliver on its signature promise: increased representation of third parties. Advocates for ranked choice voting have claimed that it would make voters more open to third-party candidates. But nothing has materialized. Before ranked choice voting, Maine came close to electing an independent governor in 2010, and they elected an independent senator in 2012. Yet in 2018 and 2020, the independent candidates for governor and senate had lackluster showings. In Alaska, an independent candidate who previously had a lot of support even dropped out, claiming an independent candidate could not win. Federalism allows for America’s states to conduct their votes in different ways. These differences allow the country to see what systems work best. It is clear from seeing ranked choice voting in action in different jurisdictions, that ranked choice voting will make elections worse in the U.S. Todd Carney is a lawyer and frequent contributor to RealClearPolitics. He earned his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. Tyler Durden Sun, 09/11/2022 - 20:30.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytSep 11th, 2022

Former Virginia Election Official Hit With Felony Charges Linked to 2020 Election

Former Virginia Election Official Hit With Felony Charges Linked to 2020 Election Authored by Zachary Steiber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), A former Virginia election official faces three charges related to the 2020 election, including corrupt conduct, according to charging documents filed this week. Voters cast ballots in Manassas, Va., in a file image. (Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images) Michele White, who resigned as registrar for Prince William County in 2021, was indicted on Sept. 6 for three felonies, according to documents reviewed by The Epoch Times. White engaged in corrupt conduct between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, a grand jury charged. That time period encompassed the 2020 presidential election. White is also accused of making a false statement regarding the election and neglecting her duty as an election officer. White faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted on all three charges. White abruptly resigned weeks ahead of the June 2021 primary election, the Prince William Times reported. At the time, the secretary for the Prince William County Electoral Board told the paper that the resignation didn’t relate to White’s handling of recent elections, while White declined to comment on why she resigned. White couldn’t be reached for comment. The secretary didn’t respond to a request for comment. Pamela Walker, vice chair of the board, declined to comment. “It’s before my appointment to the Board,” she told The Epoch Times in an email. London Steverson, chair of the board, also noted that the events occurred before he was sworn in. “I only pray that Justice will prevail,” he told The Epoch Times via email. Conduct Allegedly Did Not Impact Outcome White’s conduct didn’t influence the 2020 election results, according to the Prince William County Office of Elections. “Her conduct did not impact the outcome of any election contest,” the office told The Epoch Times in an email. Eric Olson, who replaced White, gave information to authorities that led to the charges, according to the office. “In 2022, the Electoral Board and new Director of Elections have built an entirely new leadership team that is dedicated to fair and accurate elections. Many improvements and best practices have been adopted to ensure a safe and transparent voting experience for the voters of Prince William County. It was the new Director of Elections that reported these discrepancies to the Commissioner of Elections and State Board of Elections earlier this year that led to this investigation by the Attorney General of Virginia,” the office said. “The Office of Elections has no further comment at this time as this is pending litigation and our office will preserve the office’s records for public review when the matter has concluded.” Approximately 62 percent of the votes cast in Prince William County for president went for Joe Biden, according to the results the county reported. Donald Trump received 35 percent of the vote, with the rest going for Jo Jorgensen or write-in candidates. Before White served as the Prince William County registrar, she worked in the same position for Culpeper County. Tyler Durden Sun, 09/11/2022 - 17:30.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 11th, 2022

Florida Watchdog Groups Allege Mail-in Ballot And Voter Roll Violations In 2020, 2022

Florida Watchdog Groups Allege Mail-in Ballot And Voter Roll Violations In 2020, 2022 Authored by Steven Kovac via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), A citizens’ group called the Florida First Freedom Alliance (F3A) last week presented evidence to election officials and law enforcement officers that more than a thousand mail-in ballots were voted from undeliverable addresses in Orange County in the Aug. 23 primary election. The group also released evidence alleging that across the state serious irregularities occurred involving thousands of unrequested changes of addresses being recorded on voter registration rolls without the knowledge or consent of the affected voters. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens as Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a press conference at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Aug. 18, 2022. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A separate citizens’ group called the Lake County Election Integrity and Voter Protection Coalition (LCEIVPC) collected the data from public source information. F3A spokesperson Christopher Gleason, of Clearwater, told The Epoch Times, “Based on an analysis of the 2020 election and the data that we have thus far for the 2022 primary, we are seeing Supervisor of Elections Offices sending out envelopes with vote-by-mail ballots enclosed to mailing addresses that cannot receive these vote-by-mail ballots. “The resulting problem is that there are thousands of completely undeliverable vote-by-mail ballots that were later turned in to election officials as legitimately cast vote-by-mail ballots.” F3A has made available to election officials a spreadsheet containing the results of a computer crosscheck conducted by LCEIVPC of what Gleason calls “only a small sliver” of those who requested mail-in ballots in Orange County. Christopher Gleason, spokesperson for the Florida First Freedom Alliance. (Courtesy photo) The data allegedly reveals that almost 1,100 vote-by-mail ballots were sent to and cast from undeliverable addresses in that small sample alone. “This is what happens when dirty voter registration rolls result in massive numbers of undeliverable ballots,” Gleason told The Epoch Times. “The question is, who is voting them?” The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office did not respond to a request for comment by press time. LCEIVPC spokesperson Kris Jurski told The Epoch Times in a recent phone interview: “There are thousands of people across Florida listed on the voter rolls whose address is flawed with either incomplete or inaccurate information—missing a digit in the zip code, an apartment complex with inaccurate, incomplete, apartment numbers, or none at all, and misspelled words. Small errors. But just enough to render a mail-in ballot undeliverable. “The whole game is to generate undeliverable ballots—a portion of which are somehow being obtained and voted by somebody else,” alleged Jurski. “And the volume of those undeliverable ballots also serves the purpose of muddying the waters, creating confusion, and overwhelming the system,” he said. After analyzing the July 2022 voter rolls, Jurski’s group informed Florida elections officials that in just one of the state’s 27 U.S. congressional districts (District 11) nearly 60,000 residential addresses were in need of updating and correction. The group found over 30,000 residential addresses that were designated by the United States Postal Service as undeliverable. Jurski stated there were thousands of address splits in which voters had their addresses temporarily altered in 2020 and that the practice continues today. “Performing the switch is how an unauthorized actor could get a person’s mail-in ballot without his or her knowledge. “This may be why there are so many obviously faulty addresses kept on voter registration rolls.” It may also explain the experience reported by many in-person voters who showed up at their polling places to vote on election day and were told by the election worker they had already voted, Jurski said. “Thousands of these ballots are being voted by someone—then just in time for the election, the addresses are electronically switched back, making the scheme all but undetectable by local election officials. “This is classic identity theft,” alleged Jurski. He explained that the voter’s name, ID number, house number (but not his street name), and all other information in his voting records remain the same on the registration rolls. He said the switches are done in low volume over a wide area of jurisdictions, and that there is less such activity during primaries because fewer votes are needed to impact the outcome of races than in general elections. “Many elections in Florida are decided by less than one percent or even by just a handful of votes, so the situation is very concerning,” he said. Jurski told The Epoch Times that a citizens’ canvass of 12th Street in the city of Clermont in Lake County, conducted on Aug. 27, just days after Florida’s Aug. 23 primary election, found residents completely unaware of a switch that was made to their voter registration records. Without their knowledge, request, or assent, all of the 12th Street voters surveyed had their addresses electronically changed to say Red Belly Road and then changed back again weeks later. “We obtained 37 sworn affidavits from the 37 people registered to vote on 12th Street attesting that they never requested a change of address. A voter information card issued to a resident of 12th Steet in Clermont, Fla. with an inaccurate Red Belly Road address. (Courtesy photo) “A married couple residing on 12th Street showed us two voter information cards displaying their names and inaccurately listing them as living on Red Belly Road,” Jurski said. Alan Hays, Supervisor of Elections in Lake County, told The Epoch Times in a Sept. 5 phone interview that he was aware of the 12th Street incident. Hays, a Republican, said he wants to assure people that every change on the Lake County voter rolls was made by “authorized personnel, either directly employed by Lake County or contracted with it. “We are not in violation of any law. We completely follow the letter of the law. “I don’t question the intent of the citizens’ groups. In fact, I share their desire for pure and clean elections.” Hays explained that the 12th Street changes (to Red Belly Road and back to 12th Street again) resulted from the United States Postal Service referring to the block as 12th Street, while the Lake County E-911 System calls the same thoroughfare Red Belly Road. “As we were in the process of making our precincts coincide with newly redrawn district lines, the consultant we employed used the E-911 designation of Red Belly Road instead of the name 12th Street. “Our office chose to use the E-911 Geo Point Data System for our redistricting work,” explained Hays. Greg Holcomb, the director of public safety support and 911 coordinator for Lake County, told The Epoch Times, “We have never referred to 12th Street in Clermont as Red Belly Road. It has never been named Red Belly Road. “There was a 12th Street in the Wekiva Falls RV Resort that was renamed Red Belly Road, but that was in Sorrento and has nothing to do with the 12th Street in Clermont. They are on opposite ends of Lake County.” United States Postal Service records show the communities have different zip codes. In all but the above-mentioned case of the married couple’s voter information cards, the Postal Service considered the block residents’ mail undeliverable if it bore the Red Belly Road address. According to Jurski, the long-time personal acquaintance between the couple and their mail carrier may have been a factor in their receiving the misaddressed envelopes containing the inaccurate voter information cards. In his letter to election officials, Gleason alleged that the existing safeguards provided by Florida law to prevent the misuse of mail-in ballots are being ignored by many county election supervisors. He pointed to Florida statute 101.6103, a law governing mail-in ballot procedure, which says in part, “Ballots shall be addressed to each elector at the address appearing in the registration records and placed in an envelope which is prominently marked Do Not Forward.” The F3A provided election authorities with screenshots of mail-in ballot envelopes that were sent out to voters that do not bear what they allege to be the statutorily required instruction “Do Not Forward.” Instead, the envelopes only say, “Return Service Requested.” “That is a clear violation of the plain language of the law,” alleged Gleason. “Specific words have specific meanings in the law and in postal regulations.” Gleason contends that the deficient labeling does not clearly and definitively inform apartment managers, RV park managers, or mailroom clerks handling other people’s mail that it should not be forwarded. As evidence of the problem, Gleason’s group provided authorities with a screenshot of a vote-by-mail ballot envelope that had been forwarded in Pinellas County. Similar evidence of such occurrences in other counties, such as Pasco, has also been sent along to election officials. Dustin Chase, the deputy supervisor of elections in Pinellas County, disagrees that the envelopes used by his office violate the statute. Chase told The Epoch Times in a phone interview, “From our perspective and that of our attorneys, we are conducting elections legally pursuant to all laws.” Chase described F3A as “a very sincere group of patriots that is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of our elections. We respect them.” However, Chase went on to state that the group is not understanding that the section of the Florida election law it cites applies only to “all-mail-in elections,” such as referendums, where no candidates or offices appear on the ballot and there is no in-person voting. Gleason contends that the plain statutory language governs the handling of mail-in ballots in all elections. Read more here... Tyler Durden Sat, 09/10/2022 - 19:30.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 10th, 2022