One of the most blatant examples of voting fraud in United States history was the 2020 Presidential Election, yet Beltway elitists continue to ignore it despite soaring inflation and a plunging economy.
Despite being a persistent problem over the centuries, voter fraud in the 2020 election raised serious concerns. Several swing states altered their voting procedures and laws in 2020, weakening the system's safeguards. Multiple states mailed out millions of ballots at once, making it difficult to keep track of them all and verify their authenticity. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is notorious for funneling hundreds of millions of his own fortune, nicknamed "Zuckerbucks," into state and municipal campaigns. This led to skewed regulations in swing cities like Phoenix, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee, and produced shaky and worrying election results overall.
In the years leading up to the 2020 election, President Trump appropriately prioritized the issue of election integrity. Vice President Mike Pence was named the official head of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity that Trump established in May of 2017. Pence did not participate in the Commission's work himself, but he did assign members of his staff to that role. Kris Kobach, the Republican secretary of state of Kansas and a well-known champion against election fraud, was the real leader of the group and served as vice chairman.
Author Hans von Spakovsky, election attorney J. Christian Adams, and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell were just a few of the well-known figures that served on the Commission as well. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was the best chance we had of making a significant impact on the issue of voter fraud.
At its first two meetings in July and September 2017, the Commission made news by presenting over 900 cases of individuals convicted of election offences and exhibiting a study that uncovered thousands of cases of multiple voting in the 2016 election.
As could be expected, the left was concerned. The Commission also planned to examine the voting procedures in Philadelphia and compare government databases to count the number of noncitizens registered to vote. Voter fraud machinery may have been exposed to the light of day if the Commission had been permitted to finish its work.
The left went to court in an all-out effort to stop the Commission. The Commission's efforts were hampered by a number of lawsuits launched by an unholy coalition of activist groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Common Cause, and the NAACP. There had never been so many lawsuits filed against a presidential panel. However, the lawfare was successful in distracting the Commission's staff from their job, and they were still able to have meetings and make their study public.
However, they continued working as a Commission anyway. There could be no pause in the mission's progress. For a while, anyway. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was abruptly disbanded on January 3, 2018, according a White House announcement. The White House press secretary attempted to defend the decision, arguing that the Department of Homeland Security could pick up where the Commission left off. Things were never like that.
The Commission's funding had apparently been cut off by Pence and his team. The president and the commissioners were completely blindsided. The Swamp once again destroyed one of President Trump's top priorities behind closed doors.
RNC and Trump campaign workers in 2020 heard from volunteers who were unhappy with the new voting processes. These adjustments left the door open to fraud and were not in line with state standards. The RNC and Trump campaign, under Jared Kushner's direction, paid out their legal cronies who apparently did nothing to fix the issues, rather than actually fixing them. Election results were already in by the time many locals realized how widespread the anomalies were.
While the election results remain inconclusive, the RNC and the Trump campaign continue to raise massive sums of money in an effort to fix the systemic faults that led to their defeat. Many locals, however, claim that the RNC's election integrity programs amount to nothing more than paying Swampers large sums of money to slowly walk "solutions" — classic Kabuki theater in the nation's capital.
Willful inaction on the part of the RNC and Trump's campaign in 2020 altered the character of the problem. Legal objections to the illegal changes in election procedures may have been brought before the courts in the summer and fall of 2020, when it would have been very easy for a judge to issue simple judicial stays of the unconstitutional procedures.
However, these judges were being asked to reverse the outcome of an election that had already taken place because Republicans failed to act before the election. Judges (many of whom are elected) have a very high bar to clear before they will overturn an election. This is especially the case if there were viable options for redress that were not pursued prior to the election. The court has found that the plaintiffs in some cases should have taken action before the election but did not. The legal principle of laches has stood the test of time.
And, as has been the long and terrible experience, the Swamp took the money and did nothing useful with it. Slow-walking until it was too late was also an effective strategy to keep Trump supporters out of the administration. Only diehard MAGA supporters knew what a mess this scam was making of things, while the rest of the country was kept in the dark. Were the Commission allowed to finish its work, it would have revealed the scope of electoral fraud and proposed ways to safeguard the 2020 election's fairness and validity.
The magnitude of the 2020 election fraud is still being downplayed by many in Trump's inner circle. Trump's former campaign manager Bill Stepien spoke to the January 6th Commission on June 13, 2022, and said that he was too worried about his professional reputation to fight the fraud.
Filings reveal that Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $280 million since the election by claiming electoral fraud and sought funding to contest the 2020 results, but only spent around $13 million on legal bills. It's like reliving a déjà vu experience.
Even while we can't change what the RNC and Trump campaign did wrong in 2020, we can learn from their mistakes. The Swamp will do nothing but make empty promises to the public in order to solicit donations.
We need to make sure that elections at the local and state levels can be held honestly. The Constitution gives each states the authority to regulate elections. Local groups can and should put pressure on their county supervisors of elections to abide by the rules, and there are a lot of resources for appropriate model state legislation. Eliminating voting fraud would be greatly aided by cleaning up the voter files.
You shouldn't put your faith in or focus on groups based in Washington, DC, when it comes to protecting the honesty of the voting process. Focus on the immediate vicinity.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The American Conservative.