by Don Fredrick, The Complete Obama Timeline, ©2022

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(May 14, 2022) — If you have any interest in saving this nation from collapse, you should watch Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary, 2000 Mules, which reveals how the 2020 presidential election may have been stolen. (“May have been” means “was probably.”) Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of “True The Vote,” worked with technical experts to identify individuals who picked up multiple ballots from “stash houses” and then delivered them to drop boxes in and around several large cities in key battleground states. (“Battleground” means “close enough for cheating to be effective.”) The investigative process involved the analysis of monumental volumes of cell phone geopositioning data, matching it to corresponding security video of specific ballot drop boxes. The result was the identification of thousands of runners, or “mules,” who made multiple trips from the stash houses to multiple ballot drop boxes, into which they deposited hundreds of thousands of ballots.

Although the mainstream media (including Fox News) are working hard to completely ignore the story, those who do address it ridicule the evidence and declare, “There’s nothing to see here.” (“Nothing to see here” means “the story of the century.”) But the only word that can explain people who pick up hundreds of ballots at political offices, drive across several counties to stop at multiple drop boxes, photograph ballot envelopes right before they deposit them, and then remove fingerprint-blocking surgical gloves is fraud. True the Vote has announced it will release the addresses of the ballot stash houses. Those locations include a campaign office of Georgia gubernatorial candidate and porn novelist Stacey Abrams. (She would be wise to lawyer up. Perhaps she could ask benefactor George Soros for additional funding.)

Unfortunately for fans of election integrity, there is only a small measure of security with mail-in ballots. The voter fills out the ballot, inserts it into the provided envelope, seals it, and then signs that envelope before dropping it into the nearest mailbox. When the envelope is received, the signature is checked before the ballot is removed and scanned. Once the ballot is separated from the envelope, the security chain is broken. That is the key to retaining ballot secrecy, but it is also the key to democracy-destroying mischief.

During the 2020 election, laws in multiple states were—conveniently for the mischief makers—ignored. Ballots were sent to millions of voters who had never requested them and who had been willing to vote in person on election day. Some states had mass ballot mailings even though the process had not been legalized by the state legislature. Although laws typically require that mail-in ballots be returned via the U.S. mail (if not personally delivered to an official government office), several states installed additional ballot drop boxes that were separate from the U.S. Postal Service. (Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg donated about $400 million toward “get out the vote” efforts, and a fair amount of that money paid for those temporary drop boxes.)

Some election workers illegally modified their state’s signature verification procedures. Scanners that electronically checked envelope signatures against those on voter registration databases were, in some locations, rejecting far more than anticipated. Rather than investigate why those signatures were being rejected, election officials instead “dialed down” the “suspicion level” on the scanners. (“It’s only a five percent match? Let it go through anyway!”) In other locations, election officials simply skipped the signature verification step entirely.

The mules were likely paid by the ballot, perhaps as much as $10 each. That might seem like quite a bit, but Zuckerberg’s $400 million was also quite a bit. Had Donald Trump won Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, he would have been reelected. Joe Biden’s margin of victory in those three states totaled fewer than 100,000 votes. At $10 each, a mere $1 million in “Zuckerbucks” could have bought the election for Corn Pop’s nemesis.

But where did the stash houses get those ballots and envelopes? A mail-in ballot, even with a forged signature, should not be accepted unless the citizen is registered to vote. Why would a voter drop off his ballot at a Stacey Abrams office, rather than in a regular mailbox or at the polling place? A legitimate voter would not. But the stash house ballots were primarily those that had been mailed by the state to deceased voters or voters who had moved out of state. The stash houses also received ballots from operatives who descended on nursing homes to collect them, sometimes even telling the elderly patients how to vote, or filling out the ballots for them.

The reality is that the voter registration lists of the 50 states are terribly maintained and collectively include the names of millions of people who have died or who have moved. If a Georgia resident moves to Florida, for example, his name will remain on the Georgia voter registration list long after he registers to vote in Florida. A political operative obtains the ballot sent to the Georgia address and takes it to the stash house, where another operative fills out the ballot, inserts it in the return envelope, and forges the signature. A mule later picks up that ballot and deposits it in the drop box.

For deceased voters, the process is similar. Operatives steal the ballots from mailboxes. (They can easily obtain the addresses of dead people, and they can certainly learn when the state will be mailing out the ballots.) An operative can also request a change of address for a dead person on the voter registration list. The state then updates the address in its file and mails the ballot to the new address, unaware of the death. The operative can easily have the ballots of dozens of dead people all sent to one address. The ballots are filled out and delivered to the stash houses, and the mules finish the job. (Political operatives even check newspaper obituaries to identify their targets.)

With such fraud, the ballots themselves are generally not questioned. The envelopes arrive at the official ballot counting location and, because they match a name that is still on the voter registration list, the ballots get scanned and counted along with the legal ballots of living voters who have not moved. The question is not, therefore, “How many votes did Joe Biden receive?” but “How many legitimate votes did Joe Biden receive?”

But the mules are not the only source of illegitimate ballots. There are also “carrier pigeons” for out-of-state college students and retired “snowbirds.” Those U.S. Postal Service pigeons unknowingly transport illegitimate ballots across the country. Here are two examples:

Mary is 19 years old. She lives in an affluent, lakefront suburb north of Chicago. She is registered to vote in Illinois. Mary attends the University of Colorado in Denver, where she shares an apartment with another student. Mary is also registered to vote in Colorado (which has loose voter registration rules). Mary received two mail-in ballots for the November 2020 election, one from Illinois (an absentee ballot she requested) and one from Colorado (which she received automatically). Mary should have filled out and returned only one of the two ballots, of course, but she completed and returned both. Her Illinois ballot and her Colorado ballot were both counted, and Biden gained two votes from one person.

Retirees Ed and Jane live in Michigan. They also own a home in Florida, where they spend the winter months. They are registered to vote in both Michigan and Florida. They requested mail-in ballots from Michigan, which were sent to their Florida address. They also signed up for mail-in ballots in Florida. Ed and Jane cast their Michigan ballots and their Florida ballots for Biden, and those four votes were counted for Biden. None of the four ballots seemed suspicious upon receipt. The names were on the voter registration lists, and the envelope signatures matched those that were on the state’s computer files.

This type of abuse has been going on ever since mail-in ballots were implemented. But it increased dramatically (as Donald Trump warned it would) because of the “convenient” Wuhan virus lockdowns that gave states an excuse to mail even more ballots.

Although the mail-in process increases the likelihood of fraud, it can be reduced. One way, of course, is to significantly reduce the volume of mail-in ballots. Require that most voters cast their ballots in person, with a valid photo ID. Never have a mass mailing of ballots to all registered voters in the state. Limit mail-in ballots to the elderly, the incapacitated, and members of the military serving away from home. If more polling locations are needed, fund and staff them. Eliminate electronic voting machines. Require that all ballots be paper documents that are scanned. Maintain a chain of custody for all ballots, and retain them for at least 12 months after the election.

More important, however, is the clean-up of voter registration lists. There is no excuse for not removing the names of dead people from those lists. Each state can readily obtain the quarterly Social Security Death Index from the federal government. That computer file can be matched against the state’s voter registration list, and dead people can be promptly removed. (Pension funds and insurance companies routinely use that Social Security data to prevent the mailing of pension checks and annuity payments to dead people.)

All 50 states should share their voter registration files. There is no reason for any voter’s name to remain on the lists of more than one state. There is no reason for a voter to be on both the Illinois and the Colorado registration lists. The comparison of state lists is not a complicated task for a computer. (A clever high school student could write that program.)

Each state should audit its registration list to identify suspicious data. If a voter on the list has a birth date that makes him more than 85 years old, he should be sent a registered letter. If he does not respond, he should be removed from the list. Anyone who is over 100 (yes, there are many such people on the lists) should be removed. If a person on the list has not voted in the last two or three elections, he should be contacted to confirm he is still alive and in the state.

If a large number of registered voters all have the same address, that should be investigated. In one household there may be a mother and father registered to vote, one or two children aged 18 and over, and possibly one or two grandparents. Numbers beyond that should arouse suspicion. Yet voter registration lists contain large numbers of registered voters all living at the same address. How can that be possible? The same is true of drivers’ licenses. There should not be dozens of licensed drivers at the same address. Nor should there be registered voters with home addresses that are vacant lots—yet examples of that can be found on the voter lists. Finding such anomalies with a computer program is not incredibly difficult. All that is needed is the will to do it. Sadly, more than a few secretaries of state choose not to bother. Do not vote for candidates who brush off these issues.

There is obviously the possibility of errors when cleaning up voter registration files. A 1991 birth date could, for example, have been erroneously entered as 1919. That incorrect birth date could trigger the removal of the name. But if that person arrives at the polling place to vote and is told he is not on the registration list, he will be given what is called a provisional ballot. That ballot is set aside while the discrepancy is investigated. The ballot is then counted after the issue has been resolved. No one is “disenfranchised,” and the number of such errors would be minimal and not sufficient to change the outcome of a national election. (Provisional ballots can sometimes be important in local elections where vote totals are low and victory margins are slim.)

Voter registration rules should be made more restrictive. In several states all that is needed is a form of identification (such as a university ID) and a proof of address. A student in Colorado can produce both quite easily, and the state does not check to see if that student is registered elsewhere.

An individual must be a U.S. citizen to vote in a presidential election, but in most states it is not difficult for non-citizens to register to vote. The registration form often includes nothing more than “yes” and “no” checkboxes alongside the question, “Are you a U.S. citizen?” A non-citizen can simply check the “yes” box. The odds of anyone actually checking to see if the individual is a non-citizen who lied on the form is close to zero. (When a state does attempt to make it more difficult for non-citizens to register to vote, it is met with lawsuits and absurd charges of racism.)

Lastly, laws must be changed to impose significant penalties for anyone who violates election laws. It is not enough to slap offenders on the wrist and say, “Don’t do it again.” Lawbreakers should be prosecuted, convicted, fined, and imprisoned. Send a tough message with 5-10 years behind bars.

The rock dove is a member of the pigeon family (Photo: Alan D. Wilson, CC BY-SA 2.5)

The work done by Dinesh D’Souza, Catherine Engelbrecht, and True the Vote is important. But it is not enough. Law-abiding citizens must write their state’s legislators and Secretary of State and demand that existing election rules be strictly enforced, and that stricter laws be implemented. Not doing so will leave future elections in the hands of the mules and the pigeons.

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  1. Fine article, Don, however, it will likely be received by election officials as “in one ear and out the other”.

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
    Where there’s unwillingness, there’s something in the way!

    And that “something in the way” that ensures America will never solve, as in end forever, this election integrity problem, is self-serving political interests.

    Politics is in the way, thus, the social inertia to end any vexing problems in USA just languishes any real forward progress.

    Open borders and open elections are not “problems”, rather, to some, they are profitable, they are exploitable criminal enterprises and they are coveted by too many powers to be.

    America runs on crime.

    Until there is so much national outrage that US armed forces shoot to kill along our faithfully neglected southern border and until every single legal vote cast in our national elections is guarded just like family cash deposited in any US bank, the social inertia of politics will always impede complete removal of these two national “problems”.

    Apathy and Anarchy are the tortoise and hare in the race for complete societal collapse.

    Why am I so certain and so cynical on these matters?

    I’m 73, been a “natural born [US] Citizen” all my life, and recall the mob-assisted election of 1960 to get John Kennedy into the Oval Office and I recall in the third grade seeing a picture of a “wetback” crossing the Rio Grande in my Weekly Reader. Open borders and open elections were “problems” decades ago, AND THEY ARE EVEN WORSE TODAY!

    1776: General-President Washington: GIVE US AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION!
    2022: Developer-President Trump: GIVE US AN AMERICAN RENOVATION!

  2. The movie, which D’Souza has claimed has grossed over $10 million so far, failed to show that anyone was paid to harvest ballots in the 2020 election.

      1. It would appear True the Vote is teasing the release of information that could be released at any time in an effort to generate more publicity for the movie.

      1. Those claiming to possess water should not be surprised when people would like evidence that is, in fact, water before drinking it. And the refusal to provide evidence of water is actually evidence that there is no water.

        1. Evidence:
          “On March 1, 2022, The Wisconsin Office of the Special Counsel released an ‘Interim Investigative Report On the 2020 Elections’ and found massive bribery, broken Wisconsin laws, voter fraud in nursing homes, noncitizens voted illegally and people who were legally prohibited from voting voted unimpeded.

          The stinging report also found that ‘Wisconsin election officials’ widespread use of absentee ballot drop boxes violated Wisconsin law,’ and worse, ‘The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) unlawfully directed clerks to violate rules protecting nursing home residents, resulting in a 100% voting rate in many nursing homes in 2020, including many ineligible voters.’

          People cognitively unable to vote had cast votes and ‘indefinitely confined, people legally prohibited from voting, etc. somehow voted freely.’

          WEC also unlawfully encouraged evasion of ballot security measures related to ‘indefinitely confined’ at the behest of outside corporations.

          The Wisconsin Supreme Court also ruled as many as 200,000 voters were allowed to illegally skip voter ID for absentee ballots by claiming they were indefinitely confined by COVID when there was no such legal authority to do so. This is significant because Biden beat Trump by about 20,000 votes in that state.”

          More Evidence:
          “The day after Arizona authorities announced that fingerprints on absentee ballot envelopes helped uncover an illegal ballot harvesting scheme in that state, individuals depositing ballots into these drop boxes in Georgia are seen wearing blue surgical gloves. They often put them on just before picking up their stack of ballots and removed them as they exited the dropbox area.”

          Even More Evidence:
          “Remember the phone calls between President Trump and the Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Wolf called President Trump’s ‘unsubstantiated’ claim about fraud in the U.S. presidential election a ‘partisan attack?’

          After considering the evidence, the Pennsylvania court did strike down Pennsylvania’s last-minute mail-in voter law as unconstitutional and 2.5 million votes by mail in Pennsylvania in 2020 are now called into question by the ruling.”

          Even More Evidence Yet:
          “How about Arizona? Arizona has already indicted a half dozen people on charges of illegal harvesting in a probe by Attorney General Mark Brnovich which is expected to expand.”

          All the above were excerpted from:

          Those claiming there is no evidence of election fraud during the 2020 election should not be surprised when they are taken to task for refusing to see said evidence.

        2. Even cursory research reveals a bevy of misstatements, and not actual evidence.

          The Wisconsin Supreme Court didn’t invalidate any votes:

          Wisconsin Special Counsel’s interim report was widely criticized; for example:

          No Pennsylvania court has called into question the results of the 2020 election.

          There’s no evidence Arizona authorities uncovered an “illegal ballot harvesting scheme.” Certainly no one has been charged with being paid to harvest ballots.