Election integrity efforts across America are winning, triumphing over the many left-wing attempts to stop them. From judges to the American people themselves, America as a whole is rightfully embracing election integrity measures and rejecting the notions against them.
In Arizona, election integrity recently won a critical challenge against the Democrats. In Brnovich v. DNC., the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the right of the states to alter their own election laws for the purposes of fortifying elections and making it easier to vote but harder to cheat. Specifically, the July ruling upheld Arizona’s 2016 ban on ballot harvesting and their outlawing of out-of-precinct voting.
Although the ruling applied to rules from 2016, the landmark ruling establishes a precedent and sends a powerful message to the Democrats and other enemies of election integrity efforts. The majority opinion in the case was penned by Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote, “Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act provides vital protection against discriminatory voting rules, and no one suggests that discrimination in voting has been extirpated, or that the threat has been eliminated. But Section 2 does not deprive the States of their authority to establish non-discriminatory voting rules, and that is precisely what the dissent’s radical interpretation would mean in practice.”
Alito continued by declaring, “In light of the principles set out above, neither Arizona’s out-of-precinct rule nor its ballot collection law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Arizona’s out-of-precinct rule enforces the requirement that voters who choose to vote in-person on election day must do so in their assigned precincts. Having to identify one’s own polling place and then travel there to vote does not exceed ‘the usual burdens of voting.’ On the contrary, these tasks are quintessential examples of the usual burdens of voting.”
Bans on ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting are not the only election integrity measures that Arizona has enacted. After the November 2020 election, Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed S.B. 1485 into law on May 11, 2021. The law further secures Arizona’s elections by automatically removing inactive voters who do not vote in two consecutive primary and general elections from the voter rolls. With at least nine other states enacting similar election integrity laws since the November 2020 election, Arizona is not alone on its mission to secure their elections.
Arizona is one of two states that is currently auditing a significant amount of their state’s ballots from the November 2020 election. On March 31, 2021, the Arizona Senate announced a full forensic audit of every ballot from Maricopa County in the November 2020 election, as well as a forensic audit of Maricopa County’s election equipment. According to recent testimony from Arizona audit leader Doug Logan, approximately 18,000 voters in Maricopa County’s November 2020 election “voted in the election and then showed as been removed from the voter rolls soon after the election.” More disturbingly, Logan claims that “We have 74,243 mail-in ballots where there is no clear record of them being sent.”
Lastly, Arizona Audit liaison Ken Bennett recently testified that “We found, I would have to say, thousands of duplicate ballots where those serial numbers are not on them. And so, it has created great difficulty to try to match up a duplicated ballot to its duplicate. And on thousands of the ones that a serial number was put on, they were put on by a, I guess you would call it, a dot matrix printer, very, very light.” For comparison, Biden’s reported margin of victory in Arizona’s 2020 election was just 10,458 votes.
In Georgia, Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed S.B. 202 into law on March 25, 2021. S.B. 202 is a comprehensive election integrity bill that mandates voters who request a mail-in or absentee ballot provide a form of identification, prohibits the mailing of unsolicited ballots to voters, expands early voting in rural areas, creates new security standards for ballot drop boxes, requires all Georgia counties to report the total number of ballots they have received by 10:00 p.m. on Election Night, and demands that every Georgia county certify their election results within six days of Election Day. Kemp and Georgia Republicans were met with rage from Democrats and left-wing activists across America for enacting S.B. 202, with Democrats going as far as challenging the new rules in court.
However, leftist claims against the common-sense election integrity measures once again fell upon deaf ears in court. On July 7, 2021, U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee refused to block aspects of S.B. 202 that were being challenged by the Coalition for Good Governance, a radical left-wing group that sued Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in Coalition for Good Governance v. Raffensperger. To quote Judge Boulee, “The Court is not persuaded by Plaintiffs’ argument for a bright line exception to Purcell because they have alleged First Amendment harm. Plaintiffs have not provided authority, nor is the court aware of any, that would support this interpretation of the law.”
Like Arizona, Georgia is also actively auditing many of their state’s ballots from the November 2020 election. Due to a recent lawsuit filed by VoterGA in Fulton County, Georgia, all of Fulton County’s approximately 147,000 absentee ballots from the November 2020 election have been unsealed and are currently under review. According to VoterGA, a previous hand-count audit of ballots from Fulton County’s November 2020 election “Was riddled with massive errors and provable fraud.” As evidence, VoterGA provides the newly analyzed ballot images from Fulton County’s November 2020 election, which were made public after a ruling from Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero.
According to the analysis, “The error reporting rate in Fulton’s hand-count audit is a whopping 60%.” The analysis also uses the mail-in ballot images to claim that “4,255 total extra votes were redundantly added to Fulton November audit results. This includes 3,390 extra votes for Joe Biden, 865 extra votes for Donald Trump and 43 extra votes for Jo Jorgenson.” Finally, the analysis states that “The VoterGA team found 7 falsified audit tally sheets containing fabricated vote totals for their respective batches.” In contrast, Biden’s reported margin of victory in Georgia’s November 2020 election was just 11,779 votes. Given that these are results from just one county, it is probable that the total number of impacted ballots in Georgia is greater than Biden’s reported margin of victory.
As a result of these disturbing revelations, Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts recently called for more full forensic audits into the November 2020 election results reported by various Georgia counties. To quote Pitts: “It is also my understanding that other counties had issues in their elections and finding ballots not included in the initial tabulation. If you are requesting that Fulton County be the subject of such an investigation, then I believe it would only be fair that all counties with issues be subject to investigation.” Pitts is not alone. On May 26, 2021, an array of 531 prominent Republicans sent a letter to Governor Kemp urging him to utilize his authority and convene a Special Session to launch a full forensic audit into Georgia’s November 2020 election results.
Election integrity is not just winning in the courts; it is also winning among the American people. American voters overwhelmingly support common-sense election integrity rules. According to a recent survey, 89 percent of registered voters support removing dead voters from the voter rolls, 87 percent oppose ballot harvesting, 78 percent support stronger voter ID laws and signature verification requirements, 71 percent do not believe that any ballots should be accepted after polls close on Election Day, and 66 percent believe that ballots cast early should be counted as they are received.
Despite what Democrats deceptively claim, they are not in support of election integrity. Instead, they want to unconstitutionally attain absolute control over the entire election process, federalizing elections and essentially rigging them in favor of the Democrats. Conservatives are the only group actively fighting for sensible and popular election integrity laws, and as of now, they are winning.
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