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A closer look at claims of election fraud

Top stories on social media focus on voting irregularities in the presidential election. What’s true?

A closer look at claims of election fraud

Poll workers sort early and absentee ballots at the Kenosha Municipal building on Election Day, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Since Nov. 3, political conversations dominating social media platforms have centered on voting irregularities and possible fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Many Republicans’ perception of widespread election fraud has undermined confidence in the election results, which have not yet been officially certified but by all current counts appear to be in former Vice President Joe Biden’s favor

This has some parallels to 2016, when 85 percent of Democrats said Russia meddled in the presidential election. But fallout from this election has included death threats against local election officials running the vote counts, calls for election officials to resign, and President Donald Trump raising questions about the election’s validity (his legal team has taken several cases to court). Data analysis of social media posts receiving the most engagements this week shows how quickly election claims—some true, some not—spread.

Priests for Life, a pro-life organization based in New York, sent a fundraising email to supporters this week noting, “The election is far from over ... especially when you consider the rampant voter fraud is being investigated and revealed.” 

Some of those online conversations are having real-world consequences, as prominent Republicans call the election into doubt. U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr authorized immediate federal probes into fraud, and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, unveiled a $1 million fund that would reward reports of voter fraud. Georgia’s two Republican senators have called on Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to resign because he “failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.” Republicans in other states have similarly attacked local secretaries of state and called for their resignations. 

The Trump campaign has argued thousands of voters in Clark County, Nev., voted from out of state when they weren’t eligible. Clark County’s registrar said state law allows the mostly military population in question to vote while out of state.

Still, officials have found some cases of voter fraud. A Texas social worker was charged with registering to vote 67 residents from an assisted living facility who had intellectual and developmental disabilities and could not consent. In Kentucky, a now-fired postal worker was charged with discarding 112 ballots that voters had requested. 

And officials have found voting error and election administrator incompetence. A clerk in a small town in Michigan failed to update election software, which state officials said resulted in the county initially showing a landslide victory for Biden. Trump won the county when canvassers reviewed the results. New York City mailed 100,000 faulty absentee ballots with the wrong names printed on the outside. It sent those ballots out again with the correct names.

One data analysis from Stanford University and others noted that given the hundreds of millions of votes coming in from counties across the country, “an absence of any irregularities would in and of itself be irregular.” 

But instances of voter fraud or mistakes so far don’t amount to numbers big enough to change the projected outcome in several states Trump would need to flip in order to win. Election experts have argued for months that because local officials administer elections by their own rules, a national fraud scheme would be nearly impossible to pull off. The most significant voter fraud cases have happened in local races, where local officials could control small numbers of votes, such as a case this year in a New Jersey city council race. 

Widespread fraud is “just not feasible,” said Michael Adams, the Republican secretary of state for Kentucky, in an interview with Yahoo News. Adams was also an election law adviser to Vice President Mike Pence. 

A swirl of information on social media deserves careful sifting, as Exodus 23:1 reminds us: “You shall not spread a false report.” Here we look at six stories and social media posts this week that generated the most engagement, according to data analysis firm NewsWhip. Most sowed doubts about the electoral process, and some shared false information. These weren’t necessarily the most popular posts on Facebook, but generated the most public engagement.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Workers in Pennsylvania prepare main-in ballots for counting. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(1) Posts from President Trump consistently generate the most public engagement on Facebook. The top Facebook political post on Nov. 9 was from Trump, quoting Newt Gingrich: “This was a stolen election. Best pollster in Britain wrote this morning that this clearly was a stolen election, that it’s impossible to imagine that Biden outran Obama in some of these states. Where it mattered, they stole what they had to steal.” The post had more than 1 million interactions in 24 hours, according to NewsWhip. 

The “best pollster in Britain” whom Gingrich referenced was Patrick Basham, a columnist for the Sunday Express, who before the election had predicted that Trump would win in a landslide. Post-election Basham argued that his prediction of a landslide was “off” because of “voter fraud.” 

On Nov. 10, the top post on Facebook by engagement was President Trump’s post that he had won Georgia. Trump is currently behind Biden in Georgia by about 14,000 votes, although Georgia is planning a hand recount.

(2) Other top posts by engagement include headlines from Breitbart and The Daily Wire about voting irregularities. A Breitbart piece with the headline “Investigators Dispatched After Fulton County Discovers ‘Issue’ with Ballot Reporting” had the second most social media engagement for Nov. 9 among political stories, according to NewsWhip. That article claimed the “issue,” which turned out to be 342 ballots that needed to be rescanned, might “significantly affect the current Biden lead in Georgia.”

Another top story from Nov. 9, by social media engagements, was from The Daily Wire: “Wisconsin Election Commission Might Have Violated State Law By Allowing Clerks To ‘Fix’ Ballots, Report Says.” Wisconsin’s rules on absentee ballots are stricter than in other states. It requires a witness signature on absentee ballots, for example. The report cited in the Daily Wire story consisted of a quote from retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, saying that the Wisconsin Election Commission had violated state law with its guidance for clerks handling ballots missing witness addresses. 

But the state election commission, consisting of Republicans and Democrats, had unanimously decided on guidance before the 2016 election: Clerks could fill in witness address information from a voter database if necessary. The clerks must fill in the address in red ink in case there are any questions about particular votes. Biden currently leads Wisconsin by about 21,000 votes. 

(3) Most Facebook activity happens in private groups, which often link to YouTube videos which can spread misinformation more easily without being flagged by social media platforms. One of the top YouTube political videos by engagement recently claimed RealClearPolitics had rescinded its prediction of a Biden win of Pennsylvania. This is false, as RealClearPolitics had never called Pennsylvania. Biden currently leads the vote in that state by about 47,000 votes. 

(4) On Nov. 10, three of the Top 10 stories by engagement on social media were Barr’s authorization of immediate federal probes into voting irregularities. In previous elections, the Department of Justice has waited to begin such investigations until after states certify their election results. After Barr announced the new policy, the head of the DOJ division that prosecutes election crimes resigned.

(5)  Top QAnon social media influencers, as well as outlets like the One America News Network, focused on Dominion Voting Systems, which provides election equipment to many states. The social media influencers say Dominion’s systems were “glitching” in favor of Biden. RoseUncharted and Praying Medic, two top QAnon influencers on social media, both have posted repeatedly about Dominion. They claim that Dominion is partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative. Dominion did commit in 2014 to donating voting machines for overseas election efforts through the Delian Project, a Canadian group. The Clinton Global Initiative announced that project on its website, but Delian shows no ongoing partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative. 

Dominion provided the voting equipment in Antrim County, Mich., which initially showed Biden as winning, then flipped to Trump after canvassers reviewed the numbers. Michigan officials said that was human error from the county clerk uploading Antrim’s results. The Dominion machines correctly tabulated the votes, but a Michigan company called ElectionSource provided the election software, which the secretary of state said the clerk should have updated before uploading results. 

“Election clerks work extremely hard and do their work with integrity,” wrote Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a statement about the voting errors. “They are human beings, and sometimes make mistakes. However, there are many checks and balances that ensure mistakes can be caught and corrected.”

(6) A Nov. 7 Newsmax video was one of the top posts on Facebook (with 15 million views) and included claims about dead people voting, another theme among popular posts. A Twitter user, @Fleccas, also spread many of these claims in viral tweets. He highlighted a William Bradley, born in 1902 and died in 1984, who voted by absentee ballot in Michigan. That turned out to be Bradley’s son, also named William Bradley, who lives at the same address as his deceased father. 

Dead people did vote in the election, legitimately and illegitimately. Some states allow votes from people who died before Election Day but were alive when they submitted mail-in ballots or early votes in person. Some states also put the year 1900 or the date 01/01/01 as a placeholder for registered voters whose age is unknown, which has raised suspicions in certain cases. 

Fraudulent votes from dead people were cast, for both Trump and Biden voters, but so far there is no evidence of it in large numbers. Pennsylvania authorities charged one man, a registered Republican, with attempting to vote via mail-in ballot for his deceased mother. The county said it was the first voter fraud arrest in 30 years. New York authorities charged a registered Democrat for doing the same. Nevada officials discovered at least two ballots in Clark County that came from deceased voters. 

The Department of Homeland Security has a long explanation of how local election officials regularly purge voter rolls based on death records. 

“While there can be some lag time between a person’s death and their removal from the voter registration list, which can lead to some mail-in ballots being delivered to addresses of deceased individuals, death records provide a strong audit trail to identify any illegal attempts to cast ballots on behalf of deceased individuals,” DHS wrote.

Emily Belz

Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously reported for the The New York Daily News, The Indianapolis Star, and Philanthropy magazine. Emily resides in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @emlybelz.

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  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Fri, 11/13/2020 12:44 pm

    Thank you for addressing these.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Fri, 11/13/2020 01:03 pm

    A recurring theme here... People rely entirely too much on Facebook and YouTube for information. Not sure how we fix that, but it's a problem across almost the entire spectrum of society. There is mostly no checking or review before information goes to FB or YT. And yet, it drives public opinion like wildfire (and not just on elections).

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 09:02 am

    More propaganda by World Magazine! I will respond when I have time! 
     

    Anybody who commends World magazine for this article shows their gross missunderstanding of what is happening. Unfortunately, World has become a shill magazine promoting the gross propaganda coming out of social media, the leftist MSM, and nearly all media outlets. The left has become so powerful that they are brazenly willing to attempt the largest political heist in our history as a country. The magnitude of the propaganda is stunning where the Silicon Valley has the ability to hone their propaganda for specific groups of people and likely individuals that they seek to control like judges and officials. This in itself could be a very long article. Some of this is seen by the social media censuring conservative political thought throughout the Internet and the media platforms. Specifically, we are seeing a mass suppression of the coup in progress to eliminate Trump from the presidency.  This coup attempt started just before he was elected and has continued to this day, culminating with this election. As I have time I will continue to add to this post presenting evidence of the gross election fraud that we are seeing today. Here for starters are some of the allegations brought forward. 
     

    Tucker Carlson Monologue on election.

    Here is Newt Gingrich's take on it before the election.

    Victo Davis Hanson take on election (rather long).

    Here is the link to a copy of the affidavits brought forward. If you read through this carefully you see a pattern of using COVID-19 as a means to prevent the GOP and Independent voter election observers from even viewing what the election workers were doing and intimidating them should they voice any concerns. Rampant voter fraud occurred where there were many stations without any GOP election observers to prevent fraud. 

    Here is a link that mocks the notion that there is no evidence
     

    Here is a link showing how broken the system really was where they were using the Dominion election system which was designed by the former leader of Venezuela to ensure that he could cheat in elections.

    Here is a report about Melissa Carone who was a contractor for Dominion who gave evidence to the election fraud she saw.
     

    And her is Biden's Freudian slip that really captures what was going on!

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Fri, 11/13/2020 02:19 pm

    Cyborg3, 

    Please don't judge World for accurately reporting. The Trump campaign is doing very poorly in court today, not because of "propaganda," but because their case doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

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    dcsfoyle
    Posted: Fri, 11/13/2020 04:37 pm

    Cyborg, this is a well documented article full of pertinent facts, not a propaganda piece filled with blustery generalities.

    I'm glad, that unlike many these days, you are taking the time to visit WORLD Magazine's website even though you nearly always disagree with their political content. The next step is to believe that it's possible that you're looking at things the wrong way round and that, by God's grace, WORLD is still the biblically-influenced, truth-seeking news source it has been for 30+ years.

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    Deb O
    Posted: Sat, 11/14/2020 11:11 am

    Cyborg3, please read dcsfoyle again. Every word is what I want to say to you as well. 

  • BF
    Posted: Sun, 11/15/2020 06:46 pm

    Actually Cyborg3, World Magazine is one of the few places we can get objective reporting. Do you really want non-objective reporting? Would you want your news to be biased towards the right any more than to the left? Do we want news reporters to declare, "I'm going to go change the way things are!" Isn't it more important that they just declare things the way they are and let the chips fall where they may? Isn't truth the ultimate goal even if we don't like it? Perhaps WM doesn't always get to the whole truth, but at least they make a concerted effort to do so (and on a limited budget). Keep up the good work World. and may God bless your efforts!

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 11/13/2020 04:43 pm

    I appreciate the effort but am curious why the subtitle focus is only on social media claims?

  • JA
    Posted: Fri, 11/13/2020 04:52 pm

    Thank you to Emily Belz and the WORLD team for examining this ongoing story and doing their best to provide accurate reporting!

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 11/14/2020 08:09 am

    I wonder how much of this would be happening if Donald Trump were normal? (That is, as a politician, if he actually believed in our democracy and could accept his loss as most grown up people have learned to accept when they lose?) I believe this event will go down in history alongside the witch hunt of McCarthyism. I find the whole thing very unusual and very odd. It's truly weird. It's been a whole week since Biden was projected winner, and no widespread, coordinated fraud has been found. While part of me is horrified at what is happening, another part of me wants the exposure to continue, so that the cancer can be removed at its root. Although World has yet to take an editorial stance against false claims, I appreciate your having reported what's going on as a neutral spectator. Otherwise, Cyborg 3 would not have been upset.

  • DM
    Posted: Sat, 11/14/2020 12:05 pm

    From an article at the American Thinker: "These are the questions the Democrats must answer if they want us to accept Joe Biden as the president of the United States.

    1. Before you mailed out unsolicited ballots across your county or state, did you purge your voter rolls? Can you prove that ballots were only sent to eligible voters?

    2. What procedure did you use to verify the address of each voter? Can you prove that the voter to whom you mailed the ballot is the person who received it?

    3. How did you verify the ballots? Can you prove that the person who filled out the ballot is the same person to whom it was mailed?

    4. In states that allow ballot harvesting, what safeguards do you have in place to ensure these ballots were not altered? Can you provide a chain of custody that proves no votes were tampered with?

    5. In states that do not require an ID for in-person voting, how do you ensure that the person voting is an eligible, registered voter? Can you prove that every person to whom you handed a ballot was who they said they were?"

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Sat, 11/14/2020 10:26 pm

    What leads me to believe something fishy happened in this election is: 1) Biden had virtually no campaign or excitement from Americans. Even here in the Portland area I saw few placards or bumper stickers for Biden. How could he possibly have gotten record-breaking votes? Trump even got record breaking votes, so clearly former Trump voters didn't just switch their votes to Biden. And what did the Biden campaign spend all their money on? 2) The obsession with pushing mail-in voting by the left was strange. If standing in line to buy groceries is safe, why not waiting in line to vote? Democrats are notorious for being against any laws that might prevent voter fraud (ie voter ID laws). 3) After seeing the complete level of bold and blatant corruption behind Russia-gate, I just wouldn't put it past the Trump-hating leftists to manage organizing fraud attempts across the country. Their hate is just so intense. 4) Main-stream media has so immediately and thoroughly rejected any discussion or investigation into allegations. If Biden had raised these questions, I think they would have been all over it.

    More than anything, I just want the candidate to win that the American people (though a tiny majority) chose. If excessive voter fraud did happen and our media and leaders don't get to the bottom of it, I fear for our republic.

  • DM
    Posted: Sun, 11/15/2020 09:24 am

    Agreed!

  • Kris
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 09:27 am

    Agree also. 

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Sun, 11/15/2020 12:29 pm

    I'm not making some big partisan statement here, but I honestly don't understand the title of this article, because from my perspective it doesn't describe the contents of the piece very well.  The subtitle is closer to what seems to have been intended, a look at how social media rumors can be misleading. 

    I was hoping this article would really be a thorough look at the various claims of fraud, but it seems to be selective in only addressing certain claims.  It also seems to accept some easy answers from officials without much rigor in evaluating them. 

    Why does this piece, dubbed a closer look at fraud accusations, seem to not seriously look into the sworn affidavits by witnesses of fraud that we are told exist in the hundreds.  For example, what about the person who claims to have witnessed ballots being back-dated in the thousands?  Has that been debunked?

    One of the things this article accepts is the straw man that there was no "widespread fraud", which people seem to take as meaning a huge and well-coordinated multi-state plan of action.  The claim seems to be that this is impossible with the various checks and balances, and so the minor fraud and mistakes that invariably crop up in such a huge undertaking really don't matter, because they won't change the ultimate outcome. 

    I know for a fact from seeing it in action around the world that corruption can take root in a general sense in a culture (or subculture of a certain party or group) in such a way that people will do their little part to try to swing things, which is not the kind of dirty process we want in American democracy, and if you add up a bunch of small efforts, there is a chance it can actually make a difference. 

    I disagree with people, particularly on the left, who want to minimize less-than-massive efforts to corrupt the system for selecting our government leadership.  That is a rapidly downward slippery slope for a society.

  • Kris
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 09:41 am

    Very true. We read about a postal worker overhearing a discussion he believes is about backdating ballots, but there's no follow up on whether others were interviewed and what they said. There is an allegation from Philadelphia from 3 people who said they saw boxes of ballots being carried into the counting facility and processed after counting was supposedly halted for the night and Republican watchers sent home, but again no follow up. I looked at affidavits of alleged irregularities in a Michigan county by poll watchers and agree most seemed to stem from misunderstanding of how provisional ballots are processed, but at least 3 of the affidavits seemed substantive. I am eagerly awaiting Georgia's recount and think of it is close to the published totals I will be less suspicious of other disputed totals. 

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 11:30 am

    Go read the reports on election fraud that I provide for there are a vast number that are very substantial! The left may pick out a few that are inaccurate but there was clearly a massive campaign to prevent the GOP poll watchers from doing their job and they were outright ignored. The irregularities could easily account for several hundred thousand votes. 

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 12:47 pm

    "Many Republicans’ perception of widespread election fraud has undermined confidence in the election results..."

    I am getting tired of the whole "undermining confidence" in our election.

    Did you say the same when DEMS held the election up for weeks when they complained of hanging chads. They contested Bush's wins both times.

    There has been widespread evidence of election tampering. EVIDENCE. It has been going on for years. No one has done anything to clean up the election. AND we continue to hear that Dems have allowed people who aren't even citizens of our country to vote. Obama made sure they all got drivers licenses which means they received voter registration cards. DEAD PEOPLE have been voting for years. Now we hear that if you run an old folks home, you can vote for them too. 

    Some made it possible for criminals to vote. They taught us in high school that you lose your RIGHT to vote when you get arrested and charged. 

    When will it STOP? When will someone get some integrity and TRUE THE VOTE?

  • Gregory P
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 01:05 pm

    In accordance with the Constitution for the United States (Article II, Section 1), before entering "the Execution of his Office," Donald J. Trump swore this Oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  

    Fraud in the election process is obviously an attack on the Constitution and the people of the United States.  The Governor and Supreme Court and other officials of the State of Pennsylvania violated the Constitution of the United States.  In violation of laws officials prevented Republican observers from observing the counting of over a hundred thousand votes in Pennsylvania and other states.  Why?  How can we have confidence in the results?  There is evidence of fraud, ballots from people not registered in the state where the ballot was cast, whether the actual people are registered elsewhere or are dead.   There have been reports of tens of such ballots in places, maybe hundreds, maybe thousands.  Certainly some may be for Trump, but probably the vast majority of illegal ballots are for Biden.  And how much fraud is acceptable?  Do we have to wait until we see tens of thousands of illegal ballots in a state before we are concerned?  Several races have turned from being called for the Democrat candidate to the Republican.  And there have been several who have indicated not just the possiblity but the probability of machines being manipulated to change vote totals, and testimony that that has been done.  

    President Trump has the duty to check for fraud in the election and should be encouraged to do so.  Meanwhile, Christians should be praying for fraud to be exposed.  What is wrong with demanding that every valid ballot be counted, and every illegal one be discarded?  

  • RA
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 01:39 pm

    This article is disappointing. I agree with Steve SoCal that the title indicates a close look at claims of fraud, but is actually a review of some social media traffic on what are some marginal election issues. Then the article concludes that there’s nothing to see here and that we should all just move along.

    I don’t remember all this impatience to move along when Al Gore contested Florida for 37 days in the 2000 election.

    Whether or not there is “widespread” fraud is irrelevant. It only requires enough fraud in targeted blue cities (Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Milwaukee, etc.) which can absorb a large number of illegal ballots in order to swing an election. 

    Some people with pretty good records - including Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jay Sekulow, Lin Wood - believe there have been significant - not small - attempts at key places in the country to undermine a fair election:

    1. Mail-in ballots have been declared by courts (including Suder from the Supreme Court) to be unreliable and difficult to verify; alarming in light of the large role played by mail-in ballots in the swing from a Trump victory to a Biden victory.

    2. If a voter stayed up late on election night watching election coverage he or she went to bed early on the morning of November 4th convinced by the voting returns that President Trump had won reelection by a comfortable margin. It was only after murky events during the night tied to mail-in ballots that the entire election changed in the states that are currently in dispute.

    3. Republican observers in Pennsylvania were not allowed to observe the processing of mail-in ballots for twenty-one hours.

    4. In Michigan, over 100,000 ballots turned up during the night. These ballots were marked almost exclusively for Joe Biden. Large numbers were only filled out quickly for the presidential race with no markings for any down-ballot contests, generally an indicator of possible irregularity, especially in these quantities.

    5. As many as 600,000 Pennsylvania mail-in ballots were processed without the legally required observation by people of both parties (Republicans in particular).

    6. Republican observers in Pennsylvania and Michigan (Detroit, specifically) were denied adequate access to the counting areas so that they could fulfill their legal duty to confirm the proper processing of ballots. In the case of Detroit, Republican observers were harassed and removed from the counting rooms and denied re-admission. Much of this has been attested to in a published 234 page book of sworn affidavits.

    7. There are sworn affidavits from Michigan witnesses about ballots being run through voting machines multiple times.

    8. Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito has forced Pennsylvania to set aside mail-in ballots received after the legal deadline. Many of these late ballots were said by observers to have had the real late dates on the envelopes scratched out and replaced with an earlier date. These illegal ballots were then tossed into the pile to be counted.

    9. Voting machines from a particular company switched votes from Trump to Biden. This is not in dispute because a large number of votes were corrected in one jurisdiction. The only thing not yet determined is where undiscovered instances of false counting by this brand of voting machine remain - because over 30 states use that particular company’s machines.

    We cannot now know which, if any, of these charges are true. And because the mainstream media does not seem overly concerned with the truth, we must rely on the courts to judge. But to diminish the importance of the sworn testimony of poll workers and the hard work and conviction of some of our most able legal minds is unworthy of serious people.

    I suspect, but don’t know, who really won this election. However, even if Vice President Biden has won legitimately, the real story here is the transparency with which the counting of an unconscionable number of ballots was manipulated in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania.

    Elections have been stolen in the past. We know about it and even make jokes about “Vote early and Vote often”. It’s not really funny. 

    This election may not have been stolen, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. To treat this lightly risks the Republic.

  • LW
    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 06:00 pm

    All of this points to the need for transparency. Regardless of who "wins" the election now, the lack of transparency has made us all "lose" in a sense. How can either side legitimately have confidence in the outcome? Had there been transparency, which fosters accountability, this article would have been unnecessary. Even with mistakes that have already been made which might bring transparency into question, why not make an undeniable commitment to it now. What does it hurt? Who does it hurt? It would even serve Biden. (In fact, he should be the most vocal in asking for it.)

    For those claiming (and some judges ruling) that there is not enough evidence for substantiating out-of-the-norm fraud or for it to be consequential, you are absolutely right! BUT how could there be … if access to the evidence is denied? Why not grant it to silence the naysayers? (Or is there something to hide after all?)

    I must agree with DM. We need those kinds of questions answered for there to be any confidence as to us having a reliable outcome of this election. It is the best way to foster reconciliation and rebuild trust, especially when there’s already an enormous basis for governmental distrust and skepticism. (The inept mass media has only added to it.)

    It is sad to think that my here-to-fore confidence, that our country is different ... better, might have been in vain. At the moment, it is on trial, and there might be 70+ million people who feel the same way.

    Fortunately, what is not on trial is that we can have a confident and undiminishing trust in God … regardless of the state of our democracy. It could be that He is working all these circumstances to make it clear that He is the only one to be trusted in the first place! He is accomplishing His greater and good purposes, even if it might feel unsettling.

    Similar to the freedom granted us in Christ, we have been granted a measure of freedom in our country. In both cases, may we heed Galatians 5:13 “For you, brothers, were called to freedom; but do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Rather, serve one another in love.”

  • Russell in Japan
    Posted: Tue, 11/17/2020 12:27 am

    Thanks for chasing down these stories. Journalism is supposed to be about digging out the facts, not simply repeating unjustified claims for the sake of clicks and likes.