Virginia's first ranked-choice voting election was conducted today in Arlington, Virginia to fill two open seats on the Arlington County Board. Even before Election Day, problems with the system were beginning to appear. The Washington Post explained that there was confusion over who was responsible for educating the public about the new way of voting, and the public straight up didn't understand how ranked-choice voting works:
Much of the frustration has focused on the wonky, hard-to-follow way that votes are counted: Because ranked-choice voting is being used to pick not one but two nominees, critics say the tabulation methods are unfamiliar, confusing or even undemocratic. . .Read more
Last week was a great example of the media bias in Election Integrity. A big story was not reported and a non-story was promoted. First, what should have been big news:
“[Virginia Department of Elections’] examined its data sharing relationship with the Virginia Department of Health. After ELECT requested a review of all VDH death records going back to 1960, VDH discovered death records that had not been previously shared with ELECT. After additional data analysis by ELECT staff, 18,990 records of registered voters were identified and will be sent to local registrars for processing in the coming week. As a result of these findings and process improvements, citizens can expect to see a significant number of names removed from Virginia’s voter rolls.
As a few conservative outlets like RedState, who reported on this, concluded:
The change seems especially important, given a major Department of Elections confession. Apparently, administrators haven’t been sticklers for accuracy. . . .
It would certainly be nice if only those who are alive could vote. Perhaps it would lessen concerns that American voting is in a state south of perfect integrity.Read more
In a victory for Virginia Republicans, Prince William County has been ordered to have more Republican poll workers in local precincts:
With just days to go before the midterm election, a state judge on Wednesday ordered a county in northern Virginia to change its lineup of poll workers to ensure more precincts have both Republicans and Democrats overseeing voting.Read more
A Northern Virginia judge has ordered rogue prosecutor Buta Biberaj to be removed from a case involving charges against a Loudoun County father speaking up about the sexual assault of his daughter at a school board meeting in 2021:
A Virginia judge has booted liberal Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj from an appeal case citing "concerns" over "impartiality." The case involves a Virginia father who was arrested last year while speaking out at a school board meeting after his daughter was sexually assaulted in a public school bathroom by a male student. . .Read more
On Friday, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced the creation of the "Election Integrity Unit":
This unit will provide legal advice to the Department of Elections, investigate and prosecute violations of Virginia election law, work with the election community throughout the year to ensure uniformity and legality in application of election laws, and work with law enforcement to ensure legality and purity in elections.Read more
Will Brown Jackson's Nomination Help Shine a Spotlight on Rising Anti-Asian Discrimination in Education?
The nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court has raised questions about her ability to objectively rule on an affirmative action case coming before the Court during the 2022-2021 term involving Harvard University where she serves as a member of the board of overseers:
After Justice Stephen Breyer retires from the bench later this year, the Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments this fall in one of the most significant cases before the court regarding race-based admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If the Senate does confirm Jackson to succeed Breyer, her involvement on Harvard's board of overseers would raise questions regarding the Judicial Code of Conduct, which instructs judges to "avoid even the appearance of conflicts or bias," Turley wrote in an op-ed for the Hill on Tuesday.Read more
It's been one week since Election Day, and as the RNC reports, last week's elections are proof that GOP-backed voting reforms work:
- In Georgia, Democrats lied about SB202, Georgia’s election integrity law, which led to a Democrat-backed boycott meant to hurt small businesses.
Dark money king Marc Elias, of Steele dossier fame, was hired by the lagging campaign of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia in a desperate move. As Professor Jonathan Turley wrote:
McAuliffe may be preparing to challenge any win by Republican Glenn Youngkin. He has given $53,680 to the Elias Law Group. McAuliffe does not appear disturbed by Elias’ highly controversial career or his possible exposure in the Durham investigation...https://t.co/Gb6YzAJmBo— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) October 28, 2021
The countdown is on, with only a week left until Election Day in Virginia, Democrat Nominee and former DNC Chair McAuliffe is bring in out-of-state liberals to bolster his failing campaign. Unsurprisingly, Stacey Abrams was one of those and is using campaigning for Democrat Terry McAuliffe as the latest platform for her refusal to accept the results of the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race.
This morning, Terry McAuliffe claimed the 2018 election in Georgia was stolen from Stacey Abrams.— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) October 24, 2021
"They took the votes away," he said, one day after saying this kind of talk is "running down our democracy." pic.twitter.com/U1CsMimzX7
There's only a little over two weeks left until Election Day in Virginia, and Democrats are nervous. The Wall Street Journal reported that early voting—usually an indicator for Democrat turnout—is down across the commonwealth, and a recent poll by the Trafalgar Group shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin ahead.Read more