A Dropbox That Isn't Syncing with Law

March 11, 2021

No one will ever know how much fraud there was in the 2020 election, but in states like Georgia, where new information is still coming out, there are plenty of reasons to wonder. Four months after the mess of last November, experts are still investigating what might have happened to Donald Trump's reelection bid. And what they've found is enough to get every American on the election reform bandwagon.

Twelve thousand votes may sound like a comfortable margin for Joe Biden's Georgia win (it was certainly more than the six that sealed Iowa's Mariannette Miller-Meeks's seat), but a political landscape like ours, it's not that much. Michael Patrick Leahy found that to be especially true when he dug deeper into the state's absentee ballot controversy. It all started, he explained, where most states' issues did: with rogue state officials. Using COVID as a cover (as so many Democrats did), Georgia's election board took it upon themselves to pass a number of emergency rules. First of all, Michael points out, that wasn't their job. It's the state legislature's. On that, the Constitution is clear.

But in Georgia, as in so many states, Democrats didn't care about the Constitution -- or the integrity of our elections. They swooped in and started making dramatic changes to the process, including adding ballot drop-boxes as a place to deposit your vote. Several conservative leaders -- including the Trump team -- were vehemently opposed to the idea, pointing to all the potential for fraud. For starters, they aren't properly monitored. And obviously, the more there are, the more difficult they are to secure. One of Texas's reforms heading into 2022, for example, is limiting the boxes to one per jurisdiction. In Wisconsin, leaders want them to be connected to an official government building.

Then, of course, there was the problem of people setting up fake drop-boxes. At the very least, Georgia decided, there should be some way to certify, through a transfer form, where a person dropped off their ballot, who picked those ballots up, and where and when they delivered them. They called it a "chain of custody control." Based on the new system, there was supposed to be a two-person team that would pick up the ballots from the drop box, sign a form, date and time it, and then deliver it immediately to the county registrar.

Leahy, who is a majority owner of Star News Digital Media, decided to go to Raffensperger after the election and find out how many of those forms he actually got. His response? "Well, that's not my job. You'll have to talk directly to the counties." Michael's team did, and based on the information he had, 600,000 ballots were put in drop boxes. "So in theory, there should be a ballot transfer form for all 600,000." He sent an open records request to all 159 of Georgia's counties. Only 56 got back to them, but what they learned was shocking. Of those 600,000 votes, 404,000 had absolutely no chain of custody. No one knows where they came from, how they got to their final destination, and who was responsible. If 12,000 votes won the state for Biden, what would these 404,000 have done? Unfortunately, we'll never know.

"Did somebody pick one up and not deliver it? Cobb County found that 80 percent of their ballots weren't delivered immediately. What were they doing with those ballots? Where did they go?" No one knows, because the rules weren't followed. As if that weren't suspicious enough, Michael pointed out, a lot of these drop-boxes were funded under the radar by the Center for Technology and Civic Life -- Mark Zuckerberg's organization. They decided how many drop-boxes there were, where they went, how they were promoted. The Facebook mogul, an avowed leftist, was literally influencing how the entire election was conducted.

Over in Nevada, another key battleground state, the plot from 2020 is also thickening. J. Christian Adams's Public Interest Legal Foundation stunned people this week with new research on Clark County. There, officials made the unusual (and unlawful) decision to mail ballots to all 1.3 million active voters in that Las Vegas area. Thanks to Adams's investigation, we now know that more than 92,000 of them were returned "undeliverable" to wrong or outdated addresses. To put that in context, the Epoch Times reports, "the entire state of Nevada reported only 5,863 mail ballots returned undeliverable in the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 General Elections combined." Not to mention, several people will point out, that this is a state where Joe Biden won by 33,596 votes.

And yet, all of these irregularities and mistakes would be commonplace under the Democrats' HR 1. It's not as if we need any more proof, but "Mass-mail balloting is a step backward for American elections," Adams insisted. "There are millions of voter registration records with unreliable 'active' address information that will ultimately send ballots to the wrong place in a mail election. HR 1... will leave [Americans] at a constant disadvantage to correct election system errors which ultimately impact their abilities to vote in a timely manner." As Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has said, "It basically codifies everything that was irregular or outright wrong or the opportunities for fraud during last year's election and makes it the law of the land."

Do your part to stop it! If you haven't contacted your senators, email them and urge them to vote no on H.R. 1. For more resources on election integrity or to get involved in the reform efforts in your state, check out PrayVoteStand.org.