A lawsuit filed on behalf of President Trump today alleges that in Georgia alone, there were illegal votes from more than 395 people who voted twice; 2,423 people who were not registered; up to 2,560 felons; 2,664 who received absentee ballots outside the deadline; 4,926 people who registered in another state after Georgia; 8,718 dead people; and 66,247 underage residents.
A little more than four weeks after the contested 2020 presidential election, as votes are officially certified in crucial states, a cascade of claims and evidence has emerged alleging widespread misconduct and fraud impacting millions of votes.
In Michigan, witnesses say they watched election workers rescan ballots for Joe Biden up to ten times each. In Georgia, new surveillance video presented at a hearing purports to show election workers dismissing observers, then pulling out large stashes of ballots they counted without the legal observers present. Multiple postal employees and election workers have testified they were instructed to illegally backdate ineligible mail in ballots. In several states, observers say they were blocked while votes were counted illegally; signatures weren’t properly matched; voter ID laws were circumvented; and voter turnout exceeded the number of voters registered. And analysts have identified what they call statistical anomalies: massive vote dumps in the middle of the night that exceeded machine capacity and flipped the 2020 presidential contest. In that race, President Donald Trump, a Republican, appeared to be heading toward a landslide victory on election night, only to have former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, flip the script as giant batches of absentee and mail-in votes were counted in the days following the election amid cries of irregularities.
The claims are contained in hundreds of sworn declarations, affidavits, videos, statements, witness accounts, arrests, and expert analyses from election observers, Republicans, Democrats, attorneys, and statistics specialists across a nearly dozen states. There are complaints ranging from process errors, incompetence, differences over election laws, and accidental errors, to outright fraud.
It’s impossible to know at this stage how many of the claims can be verified and, if proven, how consequential they could be in the big picture. And it is increasingly clear how difficult it is to nail down any evidence and details in the time frame required to seriously challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.
On the Trump side, evidence has been gathered on a drastically truncated timeline and without benefit of the normal evidentiary tools afforded when criminal fraud is suspected. Typically, in a voter fraud investigation, law enforcement builds a case and collects proof at no cost to the alleged victim over a period of months if not years under a discovery process that uses subpoenas to compel production of documents, testimony and other evidence.
But in the dispute over the 2020 election results, no law enforcement body has publicly stepped in, so Trump and his supporters have been left on their own to pursue civil lawsuits in multiple states. They have acted quickly to meet tight deadlines, while struggling with a general lack of access to compelled testimony and forensic evidence, such as voting machines and video recordings. And some courts have already indicated that to consider throwing out large numbers of votes or overturning an election, they expect monumental and overwhelming evidence on the front end, even if in practical terms it is out of reach. The Trump campaign filed four lawsuits prior to today’s filing in Georgia. Dozens more cases have been brought by voting rights advocates and Trump supporters.
There have been some sporadic victories in court for Trump’s side, such as a federal judge this week temporarily ordering that voting machines in Georgia not be reset or erased. But so far, most court decisions have fallen on the side of Biden and the accused election officials who argue the claims of mischief or fraud lack specific evidence, or fall short of what is needed to prevail.
Still, the court challenges and a series of election fraud hearings hastily-convened by Republican-led state legislatures have provided a forum for specific claims, evidence and witness accounts. Taken together, they form a pattern of alleged widespread disorganization and purposeful fraud. The following makes up a small sampling of the claims.
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An anonymous email to the Justice Department and other officials outlines a plan to fraudulently inject 35,000 votes into the tally for each Democrat.
1.9 million mail-in signatures were not properly verified.
Election workers were instructed to let people vote even if they were not registered in the state, produced out-of-state driver’s licenses, or otherwise failed to meet legal requirements.
Masses of votes were counted without the required Republican observers present.
Votes for Trump were counted for Biden once they were place in machines.
Maricopa GOP Chairwoman Linda Brickman said that she and her Democratic partner saw “more than once” Trump votes default and shift to Joe Biden as they were entering votes into Dominion machines from ballots that the machines couldn’t read.Sworn affidavit by Maricopa GOP Chairwoman Linda Brickman
The process was so fraught with problems, one county alone showed a vote count that inexplicably fluctuated by 6,000 votes.
Trump was leading Biden by 103,997 votes until 16 vote dumps over a six hour period, in statistically improbable increments, that gave Biden 104,984.
In Fulton County, all 900 military ballots went for Biden: statistically unlikely.
Election officials suspended the count on election night using the excuse of a water pipe leak, then counted thousands of votes that went exclusively to Biden after Republican observers left.
Ballot signatures were not properly verified.
Multiple witnesses saw Trump votes added to Biden’s count and say legal observers were blocked from observing.
An attorney and Democrat acting as an observer heard election workers going through a stack of absentee ballots and call Biden’s name more than 500 times in a row.
More than 1,000 early absentee votes listed improper addresses at post offices or FedEx.
There was a 9,626 vote error in Biden’s favor in the hand recount in DeKalb County.
Memory cards with more than 5,800 uncounted votes, most of them for Trump, were found two weeks after the election.
Security camera video purports to show a few officials pulling four cases of ballots from underneath a table and counting them without legal observers present.
Dominion’s voting machine server connected to Iran, China and Serbia.
Poll workers were directed to backdate about 100,000 absentee ballots.
Poll workers skipped voter ID checks.
The wrong winner, a Democrat, was called in a local race in Oakland County. A “computer issue” was blamed for incorrectly counting results for seven precincts twice.
“Machine error” then “user error” was blamed for a 6,000 vote error in Biden’s favor.
Election workers manually entered fake birthdates on the records of non registered voters to override the system and allow their votes.
40,000 people voted twice.
Voting machines were neither secure nor password protected.
Votes disappeared and appeared on machines after workers logged off.
8,443 people who voted did not meet legal residency requirements.
1.8 million absentee ballots were mailed out but 2.5 million were counted.
1,400 ballots improperly listed postal facility addresses as home addresses.
There was a suspicious string of voting ratios, as in Georgia, benefiting Biden. On election night, Trump was leading by about 285,000 votes. Then, 347,768 votes were dumped in 44 batches until Biden surpassed Trump four days later by 46,000 votes.
Republican observers were kept from observing ballot tabulations.
There were 47 missing USB cards.
A statistical analysis estimates 54,000 ballots were illegally requested or sent to people who did not request them, and Republicans mailed up to 45,000 ballots that did not get counted.
A Dominion Voting Systems vendor inserted and co-mingled flash drives from voting aggregation machines, possibly hampering a proper audit and certification.
A subcontractor for the U.S. Postal Service claims a trailer he was driving with 288,000 ballots that were being shipped from New York to Pennsylvania, disappeared from its parked location in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after he dropped them off.
A subcontractor for the U.S. Postal Service claims he was told the postal service planned to improperly backdate tens of thousands of ballots after the Nov. 3 election.
Affidavits and statistical analyses allege more than 318,000 illegal ballots were counted, 15,000 mail-in ballots were lost, 18,000 were “fraudulently recorded” in the names of voters who never asked for mail-in ballots, and 7,000 ineligible voters who had moved out of state voted illegally.
Election officials in two counties improperly fixed ballots that had no witness address or had missing voter certification, potentially impacting more than 238,000 ballots.
Elections officials twice found batches of missing ballots inside voting machines.
There was a 238% spike in voters registering as “indefinitely confined,” which allows them to be exempt from presenting a photo ID to vote: they numbered 72,000 last year and, by election day this year, reached nearly 244,000.
Nearly 400 absentee ballots not initially counted were later found. Officials blame "human error.”
Trump led in the state until 170,000 votes, 5% of the total state count, came in one giant dump 17 times larger than average. Before the dump, Trump was ahead by 108,000 votes. He fell behind by 9,000 votes an instant later.
Dominion Voting Systems
There is also a wide range of allegations focused on Dominion Voting Systems and its associates. Dominion executives have reportedly cancelled appearances or declined requests to appear before state legislatures to testify about alleged irregularities and flaws in their voting machines.
However, they have repeatedly denied any improprieties in statements on their website, calling their systems provably accurate, reliable and secure.
Even so, multiple election security experts have pointed to what they say are vulnerabilities.
Princeton professor of computer science and election security expert Andrew Appel testified that Dominion machines can be altered to manipulate tallies in just a few minutes using malicious code.
The voting machines are susceptible to hacking or remote tampering because they are connected to the Internet, even though they’re not supposed to be, according to a lawsuit.
A ballot can be spoiled or altered by the Dominion machine because “the ballot marking printer is in the same paper path as the mechanism to deposit marked ballots into an attached ballot box,” finds a study by University of California–Berkeley.
Dominion machine operators can change settings to exclude certain ballots from being counted, can put them in a separate file, and delete them simply, according to software and cyber-security expert Ronald Watkins. Watkins also stated that final vote counting involved machine operators copying and pasting the “Results” folder onto a USB drive, a process he calls “error-prone and very vulnerable to malicious administrators.”
And there is evidence of remote access and remote troubleshooting, “which presents a grave security implication,” according to a declaration by Finnish computer programmer and election security expert Hari Hursti. He also states that the activity logs of the voting machines can be overwritten by hackers to erase their steps.
All of those implicated in irregularities or alleged fraud have denied wrongdoing. Attorneys defending claims in court have dismissed them as easily disproven or not part of a grand scheme to commit fraud and "steal" an election.
In a recent interview, President Trump’s Attorney General William Barr reportedly said that his agency, the Department of Justice and the FBI have been following up on specific complaints but, “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.”
Trump’s attorneys point out the FBI only recently began asking advocacy groups to show the FBI evidence they’ve collected, and the FBI appears not to be making a serious effort to gather their own evidence, interview key witnesses, or conduct an in depth investigation.