Status And Updates Of Pending Election Recounts And Legal Challenges

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✪ Key Points on the Status of the Presidential Race:

🔸 Legal challenges have been filed in Pennsylvania and Arizona.

🔸 A recount has been requested in Wisconsin by the Trump campaign.

🔸 In Georgia, the state has announced a recount.

🔸 Ballots continue to be counted in Alaska and North Carolina.

Overview of Probes into Alleged Election Irregularities

Georgia

Voting Software: Vote counting in Gwinnett county was extended and took nearly a week to complete due to numerous instances of software glitches from the state’s elections system run by Denver-based private company Dominion Voting Systems. Republican member of the Board of Voter Registration and Elections Alice O’Lenick said the glitches were persistent, adding, “My confidence in the Dominion system has waned.”

Dominion Voting Systems vice president of government affairs Kay Stimson responded to Washington Times about the problem, “There is no evidence of any system software problem … My understanding is that the system was hanging at certain points in processing adjudicated ballots due to a workstation set-up issue. Our technicians worked with the county to address it, and election officials moved on to re-adjudicating ballots by the next day.” Dominion is reportedly used in 28 states, including many swing states.

Michigan

Voting Software: Michigan Republicans told Washington Examiner on Nov. 7 that they are expanding their investigation into Dominion after Antrim County found the software had erroneously tabulated 6,000 votes to Democratic nominee Joe Biden instead of President Donald Trump. The state’s party chairwoman Laura Cox said last week that 47 Michigan counties used software from Dominion in the same manner as Antrim County. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson disputed some of the claims made by Republicans, attributing the problem to human error.

Election Irregularities: Michigan lawmakers are investigating allegations of election irregularities in the state. A GOP-led Joint Senate and House Committee met on Nov. 7 for an emergency session in which they voted to issue subpoenas to election officials requesting documents about the state’s election process.

Wisconsin

Election review: Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) on Nov. 6 directed the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and its chair to “immediately review how the election was administered,” citing concerns of mail-in ballot dumps and voting fraud.

Allegations of Voter Fraud

Attorney General William Barr on Monday authorized the Justice Department to probe “substantial allegations” of “voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections.”

Michigan

In a lawsuit filed on Nov. 9, numerous witnesses filed sworn affidavits (pdf) that claimed instances of alleged voter fraud and misconduct. The suit alleges that poll workers were instructed to ignore signature mismatches, backdate ballots that arrived late, and push through ballots despite questions about their validity.

Backdating Mail-in Ballots

Jessy Jacob, a City of Detroit elections worker, attested that she was instructed to backdate mail ballots and not to look for any deficiencies with the ballots. She also claimed she was told not to ask for identification when voters arrived to vote in person.

“On November 4, 2020, I was instructed to improperly pre-date the absentee ballots receive date that were not in the [Qualified Voter File (QVF)] as if they had been received on or before November 3, 2020. I was told to alter the information in the QVF to falsely show that the absentee ballots had been received in time to be valid. I estimate that this was done to thousands of ballots,” Jacob stated in her affidavit.

Coaching Voters

Jacob also alleged that she witnessed election workers coaching or encouraging voters to vote favorably for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.

“I directly observed, on a daily basis, City of Detroit election workers and employees coaching and trying to coach voters to vote for Joe Biden and the Democrat party. I witnessed these workers and employees encouraging voters to do a straight Democrat ballot. I witnessed these election workers and employees going over to the voting booths with voters in order to watch them vote and coach them for whom to vote,” she attested.

Thousands of Ballots Arriving After Election Deadline

Poll challenger Andrew Sitto said in his affidavit that he witnessed tens of thousands of unsealed, unsecured ballots arriving in vehicles with out-of-state license plates in Michigan’s Wayne County at 4:30 a.m. on the morning after Election Day.

“At approximately 4:30 a.m., tens of thousands of ballots were brought in and placed on eight long tables. Unlike the other ballots, these boxes were brought in from the rear of the room,” Sitto said. “The same procedure was performed on the ballots that arrived at approximately 4:30 a.m., but I specifically noticed that every ballot I observed was cast for Joe Biden.”

“While counting these new ballots, I heard counters say at least five or six times that all five or six ballots were for Joe Biden. All ballots sampled that I heard and observed were for Joe Biden,” he added.

Sitto said the election official subsequently blocked the windows of the room he was in with cardboard and refused to let him reenter after he left for a break.

Counting Ballots from “unknown, unverified persons”

Poll challenger Robert Cushman said in his sworn affidavit that he witnessed an estimated several thousand ballots that arrived in boxes for which names did not appear on either the qualified voter file (QVF) or the supplemental lists for voters who had registered shortly before Election Day.

“I saw the computer operators at several counting boards manually adding the names and addresses of these thousands of ballots to the QVF system,” Cushman stated. “When I asked what the possible justification was to counting ballots from unknown, unverified ‘persons,’ I was told by election supervisors that the Wayne County Clerk’s Office had ‘checked them out.’”

He challenged the process of counting those votes and noted that the poll workers entered the birthdays for each of the purported voters as 1/1/1900.

“When I asked about this impossibility of each ballot having the same birthday occurring in 1900, I was told that was the instruction that came down from the Wayne County Clerk’s office,” Cushman said. “I was surprised and disappointed at the preponderance of dishonesty, irregularities, and fraudulent tactics at the November 3, 2020 election at the TCF Center.”

The Epoch Times is seeking comment from the clerks of Wayne County and Detroit city. David Fink, lead counsel for the city of Detroit, said in a statement to The Epoch Times that the lawsuit raises “baseless allegations, trying to undermine confidence in a well-run election.

“Like two previous lawsuits, this case is not based upon actual evidence of any election fraud or misconduct. It is based upon various conspiracy theories, which have already been debunked,” he said. “We are confident that this case, like the others filed last week, will be dismissed. There were more than 200 Republican challengers in the room at the TCF Center, but only five such people have come forward to support these claims, which actually tells us how well the process was run.”

Nevada

The Nevada Republican Party announced that its lawyers have sent Barr a criminal referral alleging at least 3,062 cases of voter fraud in the state. The party alleged that after cross-referencing more than 60 pages of voter records with the National Change of Address database they found at least “3,062 individuals who appear to have improperly cast mail ballots in the election.”

Two whistleblowers have also come forward to provide affidavits detailing concerns about irregularities they witnessed at polling centers.

Overview of Lawsuits and Recounts

Pennsylvania

Nov. 9, 2020: The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit (pdf) in a federal court seeking an injunction that blocks the state from certifying the results of the 2020 General Election, alleging that state election officials had “mismanaged the election process” and that the counting process was “shrouded in secrecy.”

Nov. 6, 2020: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary order in the Supreme Court case requiring Pennsylvania to segregate ballots that arrived after Election Day. The Trump campaign filed a motion on Nov. 4 to join the Supreme Court challenge to Pennsylvania’s deadline extension for late-arriving mail-in ballots. A petition for certiorari is currently being considered.

Nov. 5, 2020: The Trump campaign sued Philadelphia County’s Board of Elections to seek an emergency injunction to stop ballot counting in Philadelphia. Update: A federal judge denied the emergency request from the Trump campaign on Nov. 5.

Nov. 5, 2020: The Trump campaign sued the Montgomery County Board of Elections to stop counting mail-in ballots that do not comply with the election requirements. The campaign alleges that election officials were counting ballots in which the outer declaration envelope was not completely filled in with voters’ signature, address, and date. The campaign identified 600 ballots, at the time of the filing, that did not meet such requirements. This case is pending.

Nov. 4, 2020: The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania to halt vote counting until Republican observers are granted adequate access. Update: A Pennsylvania appellate court on Nov. 5 ruled in favor of the Trump campaign, prompting election officials to appeal. The state Supreme Court said on Nov. 9 that it would hear the election officials’ appeal. This case is pending.

Nov. 4, 2020: The Trump campaign sued to compel Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Kathy Boockvar and 67 counties to follow an earlier deadline for voters to could provide missing proof of identification if not provided on their initial ballot. Boockvar issued election guidance that extended the Nov. 9 deadline by three days, the lawsuit (pdf) states. Update: A Pennsylvania judge on Nov. 5 ordered all counties to segregate ballots received between Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 for which missing identification was received from ballots verified on or before Nov. 9. Those segregated ballots cannot be counted until approved by the court. This case is pending.

Wisconsin

Nov. 4, 2020: The Trump campaign requested a recount in Wisconsin. Update: Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, announced Nov. 7 that his team would initiate the recount.

Georgia
Nov. 6, 2020: Georgia’s secretary of state announced that the state will have a recount.

Nov. 4, 2020: The Trump campaign and the Georgia Republican Party filed a lawsuit in Georgia alleging that absentee ballots were improperly counted after the state’s deadline. Update: A judge in Georgia on Nov. 5 dismissed the lawsuit.

Arizona
Nov. 7, 2020: The Trump campaign and the RNC filed a lawsuit over rejected votes in Maricopa County. The lawsuit alleges in-person votes were disregarded as a result of improper guidance provided by poll workers. This case is pending.

Nov. 5, 2020: The Trump campaign and RNC asked an Arizona judge to let them join a lawsuit that alleges vote tabulation equipment in metro Phoenix was unable to record a voter’s ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen. Update: Attorneys who challenged the use of the markers told the court on Nov. 7 they’re dismissing their legal challenge.

Nevada
Nov. 5, 2020: The Trump campaign backed two cases in Nevada that seek to change signature verification procedures used for processing ballots and expand access for Republican poll watchers in Clark County, Nevada. Update: On Nov. 6, a federal judge denied the request for changes to signature verification and a district judge rejected the lawsuit seeking expanded access to poll watchers.

Michigan

Nov. 9, 2020: A lawsuit (pdf) was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court alleging voter fraud in ballot-counting procedures. The suit alleges county election officials allowed various fraudulent processing of votes, including telling poll workers to backdate ballots and not verify signatures on absentee ballots. Several witnesses have filed sworn affidavits attesting to alleged election fraud. The plaintiffs, two poll challengers, are seeking a temporary restraining order on ballot counting. This case is pending.

Nov. 4, 2020: The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Michigan to halt vote counting until Republican observers are granted adequate access. A Michigan judge denied the request by the Trump campaign on Nov. 5, 2020. Update: The Trump campaign filed a motion on Nov. 6 asking the state’s court of appeals to review the case. The Michigan Court of Appeals sent a letter to the campaign on Nov. 9 asking for missing documents. ✪