President Trump’s unfounded and desperate claims about election theft in the past seven weeks-the most radical “voter fraud” activity in U.S. history-failed to attract any attention in the courts of seven states, or failed to reverse what he suffered Loss of Joseph R. Biden Jr.
However, this effort has at least led to an unexpected and very different result: a thorough debunk of voter fraud, claiming that Republicans had reduced voting rights for most of the young century.
When Mr. Trump and his allies defended in real courts and public opinion courts, they threw out a series of Republican similarities and acrimonious content, which promoted the defense of the law. In many cases, This makes voting for blacks and Hispanics extremely difficult, and they largely support the Democratic Party.
They claim that a large number of non-citizens voted illegally for Mr. Biden, which is commensurate with the demanding new “certificate of citizenship” defense that Republicans have put forward for voter registration.
Their story of a large number of cheaters voting in the name of “dead voters” is similar to the process of radical “cleansing” voting lists in several states, mistakenly setting thousands of registrations as termination lists.
After filing about 60 lawsuits and even providing financial incentives to obtain information about fraud, Mr. Trump and his allies failed to clearly prove any cases of illegal voting on behalf of his opponents In court, there is not a single case where undocumented immigrants voted, and citizens voted in double, and there is no reliable evidence that a large number of voting deaths brought Mr. Biden a victory, and this was not his victory.
Kristen Clarke, the legal chairman of the National Civil Rights Lawyers Committee, a non-profit legal organization, said: “This really should kill this kind of death knell, and this claim has been around unproven claims of vote fraud.” , And a lawyer from the former Ministry of Justice, whose work includes voting. “They accepted the trial but failed.”
However, there is no sign that the failure in the court will change the trajectory of ongoing efforts to restrict voting, which has been at the core of conservative politics since the 2000 election. At the same time, the parties are more concerned that demographic changes will benefit Democrats’ voting. .
False ideas have always existed in Mr. Trump’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. In Fox News, Newsmax, and a TV show on the US News Network; in state legislative hearings, Republican leaders considered stricter voting laws based on rejected charges.
In Georgia, Republican lawmakers have discussed strengthening the state’s regulations on mail voting and voter identification. In Pennsylvania, Republican lawmakers are considering repealing the easy absentee voting bill, and Wisconsin lawmakers are also considering stricter restrictions on mail voting and early voting.
If anything, President Trump has given the movement a new impetus to limit votes while becoming a strange and charismatic leader that has never been seen before.
After thoroughly declaring that high votes were bad for Republicans, he persuaded the electoral system to be riddled with fraud and regarded this fiction as the party’s basic principle.Several recent polls have shown that most Republicans believe that the election was fraudulent, even though election officials across the country reported that the election was surprising Even in a pandemic, it can proceed smoothly, with a high turnout rate, and there is no evidence of fraud other than the mistakes of the usual lone wolf actors or well-meaning voters.
59 losing streak out of 60 cases
In court rulings in the past month and a half, allegations of voter fraud have been repeatedly rejected due to lack of evidence or credibility. This is usually carried out by a judge appointed by the Republican Party.
Mr. Trump and his allies argued that the 59 losses they have faced in 60 lawsuits since Election Day were based on procedural rulings, and they complained that the judge refused to examine the details of the allegations they tried to overturn Biden’s election. Won 7 million votes (won 74 votes in Electoral College).
However, according to the analysis of the New York Times, they did not even formally declare fraud in more than two-thirds of the cases. Instead, they argued that local officials had deviated from the election laws and failed to manage the election properly or that the rules set on election day were illegal. of.
In a single case in which Mr. Trump won, his campaign challenged the extension of the deadline ordered by the Pennsylvania government to submit personal identification for mailed ballots, affecting a small number of votes.
In nearly twelve cases, their fraud allegations did play a role in the courts, and they continued to collapse under review.
Despite the certainty of these rulings, the Republican Party’s response is to firmly oppose the president’s fraudulent novels.
Republicans in Congress also promoted them because Mr. Trump recommended that senators and members of the House of Representatives refused to elect the college’s election results. This should be a procedural vote to confirm Biden’s decision against the president on January 6. Definite victory.
For example, at the Senate hearing on December 16, Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma repeated a series of Trump campaign lawsuits involving illegal voting in Nevada.
During an interview with Trump campaign lawyer Jesse Binnall, Lankford said: “Based on your work, 42,000 people in Nevada voted more than once.” Mr. Lankford continued to reiterate According to the Trump campaign, the dead, out-of-state residents and non-citizens voted illegally in Nevada. The movement bases these allegations on an analysis of matching voting lists with commercial and government source records.
However, the trial judge in the Nevada case had dismissed the lawsuit nearly two weeks ago, dismissed these analyses in an unreasonable and convincing manner, and declared that the campaign “was not conducted in accordance with any evidentiary standard to prove illegal voting and counting. prove”.
This so-called “list matching” is what the country relies on to reduce the number of invalid voters, and requires the meticulous work of long-term experts. It’s easy to do a bad job. Due to improper data conception or poor execution, Georgia and Texas have recently taken action to mistakenly eliminate thousands of valid registrations, changing course only after voting rights groups and other organizations call attention to errors.
Over the years, the Conservative Party has also used this kind of data analysis to make crazy demands on voter fraud, because it turns out that they are seriously flawed or incorrect and often encounter stumbling blocks in court.
This model also appeared in this year’s Trump pro-suit case.
For example, when Republicans handled cases across the country, they referred to the data analysis of Russell J. Ramsland Jr., a cybersecurity director and a former candidate for Congress in Texas. One of his reports stated that Michigan counties had more votes than their population, indicating that their totals were filled with illegal votes; it turns out that these counties are located in Minnesota, not Michigan.
Similarly, some specific allegations that people voted illegally in the name of amateurs were generated out of amateur data analysis and later proved to be wrong.
In a federal case, the Trump campaign proposed to postpone the verification of results in Michigan, and it was incorrect to specifically mention the vote of the deceased: the deceased’s registration did not vote. To be precise, a man of the same name voted legally. (As Michigan moved towards certification, Mr. Trump’s team withdrew the case from the file.)
This is a common problem in terms of “dead voter”, “dual voter” and “out-of-state” voters-blind comparisons of official data often lead to “false positives”, treating two people with the same name as the same person.
In Georgia, the secretary of state’s lawyers are seeking the court to reject an “expert” analysis, announcing that Mr. Biden’s victory included more than 10,000 votes from the dead. The state’s own expert analyst in the case, political scientist Charles Stewart III of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, concluded that the Trump campaign seemed to “show the unremarkable fact that certain Georgians who voted were against others. The name of a deceased is the same as the date of birth”, the state lawyer said. In other cases, the “dead voters” who voted in the Trump campaign proved to be very active.
In Pennsylvania in the past week, the authorities did arrest one based on charges first filed in November during the Trump campaign. The Delaware County Attorney said that a man named Bruce Batman cast the absentee ballot in the name of his late mother-it was Mr. Trump. Mr. Batman’s lawyer said that Mr. Batman’s doing so was a misleading “form of protest.” The local prosecutor said it was nothing more than “evidence that a person committed voter fraud.”
Complaint “No reasonable allegations”
Mr. Trump and his allies also attacked election officials themselves. In a new twist on the voter fraud myth, they claim that officials are either accomplices in fanciful fraud schemes or willing participants. In many states, judges immediately ruled out such allegations.
In Arizona, Republicans filed a federal lawsuit claiming that election workers and Democratic officials who oversaw the elections “could have allowed” any number of fraudulent activities to persist. Judge Diane J. Humetewa, the appointed judge of former President Barack Obama, dismissed the lawsuit, saying that “these fraud claims did not meet the standards of fraud charges.”
In Michigan, state judge Timothy M. Kenny was asked to consider the election officials’ claim to “guide” the people’s vote-the judge’s claim when the claim was rejected, without location, date or other relevant content detail.
However, few Trump-era fraud accusations have become popular in conservative media, such as those involving computer voting systems, which allegedly changed Trump’s vote to “Biden.”
One of the craziest of these allegations is that officials in at least four states used ballot tabs constructed by Dominion Voting Systems to send Mr. Trump to Mr. Biden’s hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of tickets. The ballot was flipped.
In four lawsuits filed by Sidney Powell, a one-time attorney for the Trump campaign, this unlikely conspiracy was fully publicized.
Her personal record resembles all other failed Republican voter fraud cases. Although judges and election officials across the country raised objections, the right-wing media kept repeating her narrative, ensuring that the notion of widespread fraud was unhindered.
A judge in Phoenix called Ms. Powell’s complaint “there are no reasonable charges.” A judge in Michigan wrote that Ms. Powell believes that voting opportunities will change the results of the election, which is “a fusion of theory, conjecture and speculation.”
Last week, Ms. Powell’s conspiracy was most thoroughly exposed. This was an exaggerated letter from Dominion, which affirmed the integrity of the machine and was confirmed in an independent audit. The company asked her to withdraw the statement and accused her of engaging in “ludis’s false propaganda activities.”
Dominion said it is also considering legal action against Rudolph W. Giuliani, who led Mr. Trump’s post-election legal actions, and several prominent conservative media figures.
When Ms. Powell continued to promote her fraud myths across the country, she had submitted her arguments to the Supreme Court, and at the same time had been in close contact with Mr. Trump and met in person at the White House.
The City of Detroit is seeking sanctions against Ms. Powell. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said that because of “intentional misrepresentations” in Ms. Powell’s legal documents, she is considering doing so.
However, despite this, the storyline still exists, and even on Christmas Eve, Mr. Trump took the time to write on Twitter: “Voter fraud is not a conspiracy theory.”