As November approaches, Democrats should be starting to realize that their push to implement universal vote-by-mail may not have been such a good idea. A large number of ballots have been lost or rejected, and "emergency" changes to election laws under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic put mail-in ballots at an even greater risk of not being counted. Recent allegations of vote fraud in Minnesota and Texas show just how dangerous the combination of expanding universal vote-by-mail and legalizing ballot harvesting could be to the security of our elections.
Project Veritas Alleges Vote Harvesting Operation in Minnesota
Project Veritas released a video on Sunday night exposing an alleged ballot harvesting operation in Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar's congressional district:
The sources explained that immigrant communities and senior citizens are targeted by the alleged harvesting operation which violates a Minnesota law that limits the number of people one can be designated to return absentee ballots for to 3. Apparently, Representative Omar is implicated in the operation herself.
“Our investigation into this ballot harvesting ring demonstrates clearly how these unscrupulous operators exploit the elderly and immigrant communities” said James O’Keefe, founder and CEO of Project Veritas.
The alleged involvement of Omar, a controversial member of the “Squad” and frequent Trump target, is claimed on camera by two people in Veritas’ investigation, including whistleblower Omar Jamal, a Minneapolis community leader and chair of the city’s Somali Watchdog Group.
Project Veritas implied that more information would be forthcoming about the alleged scheme.
Texas AG Announces Arrests in Alleged Vote Fraud Scheme
Last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrests of 4 individuals, including a county commissioner, who were charged with a total of 134 felony charges related to vote fraud. The alleged vote fraud took place during a 2018 Democratic primary. According to a press release by Attorney General Paxton's office:
To increase the pool of ballots needed to swing the race in Brown’s favor, the group targeted young, able-bodied voters to cast ballots by mail by fraudulently claiming the voters were “disabled,” in most cases without the voters’ knowledge or consent. Under Texas election law, mail ballots based on disability are specifically reserved for those who are physically ill and cannot vote in-person as a result.
The press release continued:
“It is an unfortunate reality that elections can be stolen outright by mail ballot fraud. Election fraud, particularly an organized mail ballot fraud scheme orchestrated by political operatives, is an affront to democracy and results in voter disenfranchisement and corruption at the highest level,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Mail ballots are vulnerable to diversion, coercion, and influence by organized vote harvesting schemes."
In conclusion, nonpartisan Lawyers Democracy Fund Vice President Tom Spencer stated:
“There’s an underworld out there that trades on ballots and forgeries,” Spencer told PJ Media in an interview Monday. “They prey on old folks or people in very poor communities. It’s a huge problem and it’s one of those subterranean problems where it’s very difficult to find who these people are.”
Spencer cited a New York Post article in which a Democratic political operative confessed to engaging in voter fraud for decades. “An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes — it can make a difference,” the tipster, who remained anonymous for fear of prosecution, told The Post. “It could be enough to flip states.” He described situations where operatives — or even nurses — would go from room to room in nursing homes and fill out the ballots for residents.
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