by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 9, 2021) — Last week The Post & Email interviewed Ian Camacho, Research Director of LookAheadAmerica.org, which recently completed an in-depth analysis of the 2020 election in the state of Wisconsin, concluding that more than 157,000 ballots were illegally cast.
A 25-page report of the Wisconsin findings can be read here: https://14oqrc3mu9t3duv5t3o92h75-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/LAA_VIP_WI_Report_A.pdf
According to CNN, Trump lost the state’s ten electoral votes to Biden by 20, 682 votes.
“Today we are releasing our final Wisconsin Report demonstrating that the number of illegal ballots is – at a minimum – over 157,000,” Look Ahead America Executive Director Matt Braynard wrote in a press release accompanying the report on July 27. “This is about eight times the 20,000 vote margin of victory in the presidential election.”
Braynard concluded that regarding the presidential contest, the report “establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the deserved winner of Wisconsin is unknowable.”
Look Ahead America is a non-partisan non-profit Braynard founded late last year. With an extensive background in politics, Braynard served as a field director for the 1996 Buchanan for President campaign and Director of Data and Strategy for the 2016 Trump campaign.
After the 2020 general election, LAA’s website states, Braynard founded the Voter Integrity Project (VIP), which became a research division of Look Ahead America, as noted on the initial page of the report.
The group’s stated mission is “to register, educate, and enfranchise these disaffected citizens and ensure that their voices are not just heard but heeded and that the American Dream becomes their dream again.” Its primary areas of concentration are encouraging civic engagement among Americans by providing education and facilitating voter registration; working to ensure election integrity; combating “corporate censorship“; promoting an “America First” agenda; and, more recently, obtaining “justice” for those imprisoned as a result of the January 6 incursion at the U.S. Capitol.
To that end, LAA held a rally on July 17 spanning ten states and plans to sponsor another on September 18 at the U.S. Capitol. “Look Ahead America and its network of thousands of volunteers will continue to shine the light on this violation of civil rights, of human rights, and of basic decency,” Braynard wrote in a follow-up post on July 19. “These actions are a stain on our nation, and we will not give up in the fight for justice for our brothers and sisters.”
The Wisconsin report states that volunteers and staff examined election results “across six different states at a total cost of $591,436,” with $98,573 utilized for the Wisconsin analysis. During the research, seven groups, or “tranches,” of illegal ballots were identified, each representing a distinct category of illegal votes:
- Ballots cast “early” or on an absentee basis in the names of illegally-registered voters;
- The false claiming of “indefinite confinement” reserved for voters meeting narrow requirements of “disability” or other criteria as specified in Wisconsin law and excluding “COVID-19”;
- Ballots cast in the names of voters who, as evidenced by the National Change of Address (NCOA) registry, had relocated to other states;
- Ballots cast early or on an absentee basis whose information matched that of “Out of State Subsequent Registrations” (OOSSR)
- Ballots cast on Election Day representing illegally-registered voters;
- Ballots cast on Election Day whose voters matched information in the NCOA and OOSSR;
- Addresses found to be “unmatchable” among early and absentee ballots or Election-Day ballots.
Page 2 of the report acknowledges that although it “identifies a large number of
illegally cast ballots and the names of ineligible voters in whose name those ballots were cast, it does not allege that that those persons necessarily cast the illegal ballots. Determining who cast a ballot, legal or otherwise, particularly as a private, non-governmental organization, proves nearly an impossible feat.”
LAA acquired publicly-available data on the first four tranches, Camacho said, but was unable to obtain tranches 5-7, primarily due to cost. “We have a lot of the data, but they would have the actual record of what someone signed; you could see their handwritten application or their IP address on their end,” he said. “Some things we just can’t do because we can’t get everything, but we have as much publicly-available data as you can find. Normally it’s due to budgetary concerns, and there’s a legal reason we can’t go past what we have.”
Acquisition of the data in the NCOA and out-of-state registrations was accomplished “through a vendor,” Camacho said, adding, “You can purchase the raw voter rolls.”
Regarding how the election analysis was done and the number of people who assisted, Camacho told us, “Look Ahead America has a very small staff. It’s me and Matt Braynard; Caroline Craze is our National Field Director; Kimmie Gonzalez is Director of Governmental Affairs. We have someone who did a little contractor work and helped us build the app to master the names; we try to make the process as random as possible so that we can’t be accused of picking only men, for example, or people of the same age. It was all random. With the exception of me and perhaps the contractor who helped build the app for the research, it was entirely volunteer work. Some volunteers have more time than others, of course, so they tend to take on more leadership roles. Team leaders tend to put in about ten hours a week; others put in five hours a week.”
As for his role as research director, Camacho told us, “Even though I am paid staff, I work far more than 40 hours a week, probably 60 or 70. It’s fun but challenging. Before I was officially working with Matt, I was co-leading a group of several hundred volunteers which found the post office boxes where people were hiding out and claiming to be living in a suite or in an apartment when in actuality their address was a UPS store or a post office box and it’s clearly illegal on the registration; you cannot register to vote with a post office box as a residential address in most states, including Wisconsin.”
“Was that project conducted just in Wisconsin or in other states also?” The Post & Email asked.
“At the time we looked at seven states that were in contention,” Camacho responded. “In Wisconsin we found only 65 of those — it was a crazy time during the election — we really didn’t know what to look for but refined our process as we went along. In other states like Georgia — we just re-released the Georgia report — we found an additional 345 names we missed the first time.”
As to the methodology used, Camacho said, “We went through them several times, had outside people look at them; we eliminated all false positives. If someone takes a look at it and finds one or two incorrect, great. But often, no one’s really taking a look at the work; they dismiss it. To me, that’s the clearest case of what seems to be fraud. We tried to anticipate explain-aways because someone might have said, ‘Maybe it’s transposed.’ We found that was true for less than 4% of cases. Some of them were out-of-state; some of them go back to another post office box or have no mailing address. Some of them go to a factory or something. But it’s still illegal no matter how you cut it. With those where we couldn’t get the original records, we said, ‘OK, maybe we’ll give you those, but why are they marked “suite” or “apartment” or “unit” and not just “Post Office Box”?’ That’s still suspect.”
“I’m very proud of the Wisconsin report,” he continued, “because we made sure the math was sound on this; we checked it very thoroughly, and I don’t plan on revising that one. It just happened to be the right timing because there was talk of an audit a couple of days after it came out.”
“Do you have a plan to prompt a forensic audit?” we asked, to which Camacho replied:
Regarding Wisconsin, we’re a non-profit organization. Theoretically, you could do this yourself; it would just take a lot of time. Everything we published is public data. Matt has gone on a few interviews — Bannon’s “War Room,” OAN, NTD, and a few other places — we would love to get it out there more. The data is there. We would support an audit in Wisconsin, and personally I would support an audit in all 50 states. I don’t care who won the state; clearly, there’s too much room for doubt.
During the interview, Camacho spoke extensively about the Wisconsin law allowing for a voter to claim “indefinite confinement” and vote via absentee ballot. The law, The Post & Email found, takes the position that absentee voting “is a privilege exercised wholly outside the traditional safeguards of the polling place” which “must be carefully regulated to prevent the potential for fraud or abuse” and other pitfalls:
The legislature finds that voting is a constitutional right, the vigorous exercise of which should be strongly encouraged. In contrast, voting by absentee ballot is a privilege exercised wholly outside the traditional safeguards of the polling place. The legislature finds that the privilege of voting by absentee ballot must be carefully regulated to prevent the potential for fraud or abuse; to prevent overzealous solicitation of absent electors who may prefer not to participate in an election; to prevent undue influence on an absent elector to vote for or against a candidate or to cast a particular vote in a referendum; or other similar abuses.
Section 6.86(a)(1)(ar) of the law states:
Except as authorized in s. 6.875 (6), the municipal clerk shall not issue an absentee ballot unless the clerk receives a written application therefor from a qualified elector of the municipality. The clerk shall retain each absentee ballot application until destruction is authorized under s. 7.23 (1). Except as authorized in s. 6.79 (6) and (7), if a qualified elector applies for an absentee ballot in person at the clerk’s office, the clerk shall not issue the elector an absentee ballot unless the elector presents proof of identification. The clerk shall verify that the name on the proof of identification presented by the elector conforms to the name on the elector’s application and shall verify that any photograph appearing on that document reasonably resembles the elector. The clerk shall then enter his or her initials on the certificate envelope indicating that the absentee elector presented proof of identification to the clerk.
Section 6.86(2) states that a claim of “indefinite confinement” on the part of an elector constitutes “age, physical illness or infirmity or” [an individual who] “is disabled for an indefinite period.”
Under Section 6.89, the names of all persons who applied for an absentee ballot are “open to public inspection.”
Dozens of people may have committed election fraud by falsely claiming to be “indefinitely confined” to their homes so they could vote without having to show a photo ID…even as their social media accounts showed them out, about, and decidedly not confined.
They attended jazz concerts, parties, and weddings, went to work, and even traveled out of state. One woman even has a Facebook profile picture that includes the phrase “I cannot stay home, I’m a nurse.”
They are among the 171,900 Wisconsinites who in the past year suddenly claimed indefinite confinement–a status that allows them to vote absentee by mail without having to show photo identification.
Statements by two elections officials in Dane and Milwaukee Counties may have prompted the unprecedented number of absentee ballots utilized on November 3. “On March 25, 2020, in clear violation of Wisconsin law, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell and Milwaukee County Clerk George Christensen both issued guidance indicating that all voters should mark themselves as ‘indefinitely confined’ because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” The Daily Veracity reported on December 23, 2020. “Because of this, nearly 216,000 voters said they were indefinitely confined in the 2020 election, nearly a fourfold increase from nearly 57,000 voters in 2016. In Dane and Milwaukee counties, more than 68,000 voters said they were indefinitely confined in 2020, a fourfold increase from the roughly 17,000 indefinitely confined voters in those counties in 2016.”
McDonnell, not to be confused with O’Donnell, was sued by the Wisconsin Republican Party shortly after issuing his March 25, 2020 “guidance” on Facebook, after which the Wisconsin Supreme Court deemed McDonnell’s judgment “legally incorrect.” The court supported guidance (p. 16) issued by the Wisconsin Elections Commission as a means by which to correct McDonnell’s error.
In examining the “indefinite confinement” category, Camacho explained, LAA’s volunteers searched social media and other sources for evidence as to whether or not an individual who invoked the status had been “mobile” prior to the November 3 election.
“In our research into the indefinitely confined, we found the wife of State Rep. Hebl, who claimed to be indefinitely confined, and saw pictures and videos of her on a speedboat, biking, hiking, things like that,” Camacho revealed, “so clearly her health was not affected. She was not social-distancing, she was having dinner with friends, ten or more, and COVID was not a legal excuse anyway. Unless someone cast it in her name, then you would have to admit it was not a super-safe election either way. As soon as we published that — luckily, we took screenshots in advance — she started locking up her social-media accounts, and they knew they were caught. He was the one saying there was no fraud whatsoever, the election was perfectly clean…”
Braynard posted photos from the woman’s social-media accounts as recently as October, according to the blog Centipede Nation.
“We looked for things like that; if we saw someone who was out and about traveling…we only looked at people’s social media and did the best we could. Even so, it’s a very high margin,” Camacho said.
On February 3, 2021, the Wisconsin Elections Commission issued a 30-page report containing the “guidance” it issued in March 2020 to voters for both the April primaries and November general election given the declared coronavirus pandemic, which stated:
1. Designation of indefinitely confined status is for each individual voter to make based upon their current circumstance. It does not require permanent or total inability to travel outside of the residence. The designation is appropriate for electors who are indefinitely confined because of age, physical illness or infirmity or are disabled for an indefinite period.
2. Indefinitely confined status shall not be used by electors simply as a means to avoid the photo ID requirement without regard to whether they are indefinitely confined because of age, physical illness, infirmity or disability.
“As with absentee voting, the COVID-19 pandemic clearly affected indefinitely confined voting,” the report states. “Significantly more people claimed the status in 2020 than did in the two prior November elections. ” To illustrate the change, the report presents a chart indicating that in November 2016, 66,611 electors claimed to be indefinitely confined; in November 2018, 70,218; and in November 2020, 265,979.
The report states that slightly more than 20% of voters who claimed “indefinite confinement” status in November “have not provided photo ID” (p. 17).
Regarding the case against McDonnell and Christensen, on December 14, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court “issued a final decision to clarify that neither a government order nor guidance from county clerks can declare persons indefinitely confined for any reason,” the State Bar of Wisconsin reported that day.
On July 26, Wisconsin State Rep. Janel Brandtjen pledged to have the Campaigns & Elections Committee, which she chairs, “initiate more intensive investigation of fraudulent activity.” Late last week, Brandtjen issued subpoenas to two counties, Brown and Milwaukee, seeking ballots and voting equipment, according to mainstream reports.
“The amount of absentee voting taking place has exposed issues surrounding ballot curing, indefinitely confined’ electors, ballot harvesting and how our tabulators actually work,” Brandtjen’s statement reads in part. “As I’ve traveled around our state as Chair of the Campaigns and Elections committee, voters have made it clear that they want a thorough, cyber-forensic examination of tabulators, ballot marking devices and other election equipment, which I will be helping facilitate on behalf of the committee as the chair. The questionable dissemination and application of guidance by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the repeated failure to follow state elections law by liberal partisan clerks, and the recent revelation of the tens of thousands of new registrations and votes cast by individuals whose driver’s license number, name, and date of birth did not match and were subsequently removed from the state system after their votes were recorded, are simply outrageous. I think these are legitimate concerns, and our oversight has not kept up with current election technology.”
Early last week, Amy Kremer, who participated in the “Tea Party” movement beginning in 2009 and has remained politically active, tweeted an announcement of an August 6 rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol for a forensic audit of Wisconsin’s 2020 election results.
On Saturday 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump issued a statement responding to an August 4 announcement by the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) that “it has deactivated more than 205,000 voter registrations through two separate voter list maintenance processes.”
Trump has contended that without illegal voting on a wide scale in the “swing” states, which includes Wisconsin, he easily won the 2020 presidential election.
According to a November 4, 2020 report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “With the counting of absentee ballots extending well into Wednesday morning, Milwaukee County’s lump-sum contribution turned the race on its side. To that point, Donald Trump held a lead of 109,000 votes over Joe Biden, but once Milwaukee County absentee and early-voting ballots were uploaded into the system, Biden took a lead of 11,000 votes.”
In a July 27, 2021 article, Wisconsin Spotlight reported it located an email sent by Ryan Chew, who led the Wisconsin effort for The Elections Group, to Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg in which Chew allegedly wrote, “Da*n Claire, you have a flair for drama, delivering just the margin needed at 3 a.m., I bet you had those votes counted at midnight, and just wanted to keep the world waiting!”