Going Postal: How the Left will use postal voting to federalize elections
If anyone thinks that the spate of absenteeism the country saw in 2020 was just a one-off coincidence, then they’re not paying attention.
Postal voting is the future of American democracy, with all the associated opportunities for ballot papers, postal fraud and deception – at least if the left has its way. This was evident in the failed For the People Act (H.R. 1 / S. 1), the Democrat’s vision to federalize the U.S. elections into a top-down nightmare that undermines voter ID. Laws and forces everyone State to introduce automatic same-day voter registration, the right to vote for felons, unexcused postal voting, mandatory early voting, and taxpayer funding for political campaigns. If that weren’t enough, it would violate the right to freedom of expression by forcibly exposing donors from nonprofits and imposing state lawmakers with state redistribution committees – committees that hold special interests more accountable than the American public.
Don’t celebrate the demise of HR 1 just yet. The worst provisions can also be found in its successor, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act (H.R. 4). The left is not done trying to radically change the United States, and it will use postal voting to do so.
My colleagues and I have been researching the involvement of the left in promoting postal voting in the 2020 elections since the nonsense began in November. We discovered a vast network of professional activists, wealthy foundations, Democratic mega-donors, and political activists who have conspired to flood America with postal ballot papers and turn the elections against President Donald Trump.
Create an election nightmare
In the case of postal votes, the state sends ballots to every registered voter. Oregon has been voting-only by post since the mid-1990s, using a system of “secret ballot” envelopes that obscure the identity of the voter while allowing them to track the status of the ballot once it has been returned by mail or at a polling station. Four more states have since introduced permanent elections, and 18 more allow local jurisdictions to hold pure elections. Currently, 16 states allow postal voting with a valid apology and 34 states allow postal voting without an apology.
Some places have clearly figured it out. But hastily imposing their unprepared nation model resulted in a comedy of errors almost everywhere in 2020:
- More than 49,000 In Franklin County, Ohio, people received false ballots.
- In Los Angeles, a mailbox was set on fire for voting by mail.
- A candidate for mayoral was arrested and charged with postal voting fraud in Carrollton, Texas.
- And 100,000 New Yorkers received postal ballot papers with false names and addresses.
Postal ballot papers have significantly higher rejection rates than personally cast ballot papers, with the highest value in 2008 being 4.5 percent. That can mean the difference between winning and losing. In the 2016 Florida election, nearly 28,000 absentee votes were rejected, with Trump’s winning margin of 112,000 votes. Obama won Florida by 74,000 votes in 2012 when 24,000 votes were rejected. The rejection rate of absentee votes nationwide averaged 1 percent in 2016 and perhaps 1.4 percent in 2018 10 times higher than personal guesswork, usually because they were late to count or had mismatched signatures.
NPR reports that 550,000 postal ballot papers were disqualified in the 2020 primaries alone, much more than in 2016. In the 2020 general election, however, the rejection rates nationwide were just 0.7 percent. Why were they suddenly so low? Either tens of millions of postal voters (many for the first time) have miraculously cast error-free ballots, the election officials have not fulfilled their duty of care, or the rejection rate has been reduced by an exceptionally high number of “cured” ballots (fixing errors such as a forgotten signature), which in 19 states are allowed, including North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona. If the answer is one of the last two, the “success” of mailing-by-mail in 2020 is barely anything to celebrate.
Until recently, postal voting was as controversial among liberals as it was among conservatives, not least because it affected voter turnout in democratic constituencies. A 2016 ACLU study found that “younger and ethnic minority voters voting for VBM” [vote-by-mail] Ballot papers were at least twice as likely as elderly and white voters to have their VBM ballot rejected. ”The same study concluded that voters under 30 made up 9.2 percent of all postal voters, but almost 31 percent of rejected postal votes. Liberal journalists railed against high rejection rates of absentee votes because of “disproportionate effects”[ing] Minorities ”in 2018.
Added to this is the potential for fraud, which is why most of the countries of the European Union have long since banned “postal voting”. Former President Jimmy Carter’s bipartisan commission concluded in 2005 that postal ballot papers were the “greatest source of potential voter fraud” of any electoral system.
Democrats were deeply divided over the trustworthiness of postal ballot papers until the 2008 election, when the Obama campaign expressed its “really deep concern” about the security of the postal ballot papers in the Florida Democratic primary, which Hillary Clinton had won from some 294,000 votes. Obama questions whether the system is “fraud-proof” on national television.
Simply put, it’s not that postal ballot papers can’t work somewhereonly that they don’t work all over. That was the big experiment of 2020: choosing the U.S. The Postal Service (USPS), the institution that routinely delivers your neighbor’s mail. Let’s not forget that USPS warned last July that it may not be able to deliver ballots in a timely manner.
Still those Washington Post launched a series of comments calling for voting to be expanded by post since the COVID-19 quarantines began in early March 2020. An ACLU director stated in the New York Times that “voting by mail will save the 2020 elections”. The Atlantic even suggested that voting by mail could stop “meddling” in the elections by Republicans who could otherwise create a Trump dictatorship.
What has changed? The coronavirus – and the itch to defeat President Trump by whatever means necessary – ultimately overcame any left-wing concerns about postal voting. The mail-in vote was a unique opportunity to federalize elections and consolidate left-wing control over America. So they did everything they could to radically change our republic – and it almost worked.
Make voting by email permanent
But some leftists had pushed for postal votes for years. Meet the National Vote at Home Coalition (NVHC) and their 501 (c) (3) arm, the National Vote At Home Institute, a pair of advocacy groups formed in 2017 to promote national postal voting. From the start, the effort was heavily supported by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the postal services union that NVHC co-founded and held its launch event at the union’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The event was attended by AFL-CIO. part of President Richard Trumka, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D.) – who was elected in the country’s first ever all-postal federal election – and Oregon’s Foreign Minister Phil Keisling. Keisling, who is now NVHC’s CEO, illustrated the future of voting and automatic voter registration:
Imagine a state where voters never have to show photo ID; wait in series of votes; leaving home or work early to get to their designated polling station; or worry about bad weather, traffic jams, looking for a parking space or public transport or organizing childcare.
AVRs [automatic voter registration] underlying political premise is identical to that of voting at home; When the government knows you are a citizen, you become a registered voter [emphasis added].
Most of the funding for the 501 (c) (4) NVHC comes from the Postman Union, other AFL-CIO unions, and the Democracy Fund Voice of liberal billionaire Pierre Omidyar. The (c) (3) institute is funded by various AFL-CIO unions, the Postman Union, the Hopewell Fund and the New Venture Fund from Arabella Advisors, as well as the foundation of the liberal mega-donor Stephen Silberstein. Silberstein is a board member of the NVHC, a board member of the National Popular Vote and part of the Democracy Alliance.
Early on, NVHC targeted state voting initiatives, beginning with the 2018 postal vote in South Dakota (no vote), Hawaii in 2019 (passed), and Michigan auto-voter registration in 2018 (passed). Soon it would expand its scope to the federal level after hiring a new director, Amber McReynolds.
Amber McReynolds: The New Face of Gentle Totalitarianism
McReynolds is a professional activist and a leader in the left’s struggle to change the American elections. She began registering voters in Iowa in the 2004 election with the New Voters Project, which is part of a huge network of activist groups called the Public Interest Network. The best known of these groups are the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), which date back to the 1960s. Born in Colorado, she was hired by the Denver Elections Commission in 2005, rose to deputy director in 2007 and electoral director in 2011. In 2012 she was named a “Rising Star” by the Democratic Mayor for overseeing the formation of the City of Denver. Ballot tracking and electronic petition collection software.
She critically pushed and overseen Colorado’s launch of the all-mail voting in 2013, and reportedly downplayed the threat of illegal voting in her testimony to state lawmakers by claiming she was ignorant of the term: “I’ll be honest said not sure what? is an illegal vote. . . . What does that mean? “Through 2018, McReynolds was considered one of the state’s political climbers and a likely candidate for the challenge of Republican Secretary of State Wayne K. Williams.
Instead, she chose to join the NVHC and put her plans to the vote by mail across the country. Under McReynolds, NVHC released its first national proposal to vote by mail in mid-2020 and “catapulted” this small organization into the center of the leftist plan to use COVID-19 to change the 2020 elections.
McReynolds is often celebrated as a non-partisan, reform-minded moderate. It is listed on the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers website and featured in Governing Magazine Magazine 2018 top civil servant of the year.
But NVHC is closely associated with left-wing groups ranging from the ACLU to Rock the Vote. McReynolds himself also spoke at the autumn 2018 conference of the Democracy Alliance, the biggest who’s who of the left-wing elite. This author interviewed a former Denver city and county election commissioner who McReynolds knew (and who wishes to remain anonymous) during her years in the city. In the words of the Commissioner, McReynolds is “smart, power-driven” and the “new face of gentle totalitarianism”. Far from being impartial, it couldn’t be further away political left. A senior Trump administration official and election expert told me that McReynolds was a “vote-by-mail fanatic” whose meteoric rise coincided perfectly with the COVID-19 pandemic.
That became clear afterwards time published his infamous article “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election”. At the center of this “behind-the-scenes conspiracy” was Michael Podhorzer, a senior AFL-CIO advisor and democratic agent who organized a legion of activist groups and major foundations to use COVID-19 “relief funds” to increase voter registration. Push the mail-in voting and add private dropboxes to the postal ballot papers to help Joe Biden win the 2020 elections.
McReynolds and NVHC led the Conspiracy’s postal crusade, provided foreign ministers with mailbox locations, and promoted postal ballot papers in 37 states and the District of Columbia. NVHC even released a 60-page report calling on DeKalb County, Georgia – a suburb of Atlanta that received $ 4 million in “Zuck Bucks” and gave Biden 300,000 votes – “a modern, lean mailing program.” create”. California also hired McReynolds in May 2020 to advise on expanding its mailing plans.
While time tried to spin the Cabal as “non-partisan,” in reality it was as left-wing – and partisan – as possible.
In March, Wisconsin journalists revealed that an NVHC official and Democratic agent, Michael Spitzer-Rubinstein, practically ran the Green Bay elections as the city’s “de facto electoral administrator” with access to postal ballot papers Days before the election.
Spitzer-Rubinstein had access to four of the five keys to the ballroom, where the early ballots were kept and counted, and he even asked the town clerk to “cure” problematic postal ballots. Green Bay became “rogue,” as the Brown County clerk put it, under NVHC. Green Bay also received $ 1.1 million, Wisconsin’s third largest grant, from the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life.
Where else did NVHC spoil the 2020 local elections? Is it planning to have representatives according to the Spitzer-Rubinstein mold in every major electoral office by 2024? Without a government investigation, we may never find out.
For her merits, President Biden named her to the US Postal Service, where she was touted as “independent” rather than a Democrat, and for good reason: the USPS board of directors cannot have more than five members of the same political party by law. Her affirmation as an independent gives President Biden the freedom to appoint another Democrat and gives her tremendous power as a key voice in future mail-in votes and decisions about the integrity of the elections.
And this is after this McReynolds “hushed up their links to radical left groups” [by] remove affiliations from their own organization’s website, ”according to the conservative American Accountability Foundation.
As if to prove their point, McReynolds, along with 19 other liberal groups and individuals, has signed an open letter criticizing the ongoing 2020 election exam in Arizona since it was confirmed. She has also attacked Republican “disinformation” as “the biggest electoral security problem we face” and called for the federalization of elections to stop them: “We have to think about some federal standards because it is easy for bad actors , due to the rules of spreading the wrong information, vary greatly depending on the federal state. “
But America’s move to mail-in voting requires a serious infrastructure change. To do this, the left needed the NVHC to ensure that the upcoming flood of postal votes would defeat Trump. They needed the support of Big Philanthropy.
Mark Zuckerberg: Laying the groundwork for voting by post
With a free and fair election, voting slips are traceable from filling out to counting. Mailboxes threaten this chain by completely bypassing the postal service and entrusting the postal vote to a private third party. They also encourage biased voting to collect ballots and increase the risk that fraudsters will use private collection bins to return illegal ballots. Chain of Custody is still missed for 400,000 postal ballot papers that are sent by mailbox in Georgia alone.
To pay for that many mailboxes, the activists turned to Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. In the fall of 2020, he directed $ 350 million to a small Chicago nonprofit, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), which repackaged the funds as COVID-19 “relief grants” to thousands of local election offices across the United States would allegedly underfunded Wahl – despite receiving $ 400 million from the federal government through the CARES bill.
To date, my colleagues and I have followed $ 112 million in “Zuck-Bucks” that have flown to nine critical states: Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada.
CTCL has claimed that its funds were distributed impartially. In reality, Zuck bucks favored large, democratic cities that cast enough votes for Biden to win contested states. For example, in Pennsylvania, the CTCL grants for the counties that Biden won averaged $ 3.11 per capita and only $ 0.57 for the counties that Trump won. In Arizona, CRCL grants delivered a staggering $ 5.83 per capita in the counties Biden won versus $ 1.29 in the counties Trump won.
In June, Todd Shepherd, chief investigative reporter for Pennsylvania reported Wide & freedom, posted a chain of emails that revealed early contact between CTCL, a Delaware County councilwoman (suburb of Philadelphia) and a Democratic campaign strategist. Shepherd has also found evidence that Democratic counties near Philly were invited to apply for multi-million dollar CTCL grants early on, well before the rest of the right-wing state.
CTCL’s funds should help vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent letter from Republicans suggests that less than 1 percent of the funds flowed into personal protective equipment (PPE). What CTCL’s “Zuck-Bucks” are did paying was the infrastructure required to trigger an unprecedented flood of postal votes.
Public record inquiries indicate that nearly $ 6.5 million of Philadelphia’s $ 10 million grant funded “mail-in and briefing” processing equipment, 15 “secure mailboxes” across the city, and postage (believed to be for postal ballot papers). A $ 1.4 million grant to Fairfax County, Virginia, which includes nearly a quarter of the state’s population and 18 percent of all of Biden’s statewide votes, was also used for equipment for postal voting, temporary occupation, and ” Voting materials except in English “paid.” Shockingly, the district’s expenditure report prepared by CTCL also leaves room for “impartial voter education” – what does that mean? The bring and where was it used?
In Wisconsin, a former poll worker told reporter John Solomon that the CTCL grants for Green Bay resulted in the city effectively “taking over” the electoral functions of the county. CTCL itself worked “primarily with our five major democratic base cities” and thereby interrupted processes in the most important battlefield state. “As we neared the November elections,” she said, “we learned that this outside group had come in and was basically trying to revise our forms and documents that we use nationwide. And these people came from another state and had nothing to do with it. “
In short, Big Philanthropy prevailed in the 2020 elections, to the joy of the left. National Public Radio even attributes “private money from Facebook’s CEO” with “sav.”[ing] the 2020 elections. “Faced with a private takeover of our elections, the same radicals who once shouted” eat the rich “and” abolish billionaires “just yawned. The irony, however, is that for all the newfound love of the left for postal voting, its sudden Emphasis on Mailboxes is a vote of no confidence in the Post’s ability to competently manage so many postal votes.
CTCL interference caused dozen states to ban private funding of elections, but the damage is done. Racine, Wisconsin, recently used CTCL to purchase a “mobile constituency” for $ 250,000. How much money will Zuckerberg or others like him be spending to influence the 2024 elections?
Page Gardner: Obtaining ballots
Voters in many states were attacked with partially pre-filled postal ballots in the months leading up to election day. Inquiries came from two shady nonprofits: the Center for Voter Information (CVI) and the Voter Participation Center (VPC), “sister” groups founded in 2003 by former presidential campaigner Bill Clinton and operational Page Gardner.
Gardner’s groups use the IRS rules, which allow nonprofits to participate in bipartisan voter registration, to target the “New American Majority,” who they define as “young people, blacks, and unmarried women” – one group more than 60 percent of their votes for Biden in 2020.
The nonprofits are hardly “impartial” – CVI, the network’s 501 (c) (4), spent $ 583,000 to directly support Biden – but their support for the postal vote should worry Conservatives. In contrast to the right, the left is all-in with funding groups that do nothing but register voters.
Gardner’s groups claim they registered more than 1.5 million new voters and generated 4.8 million postal applications in 2020 alone.
Many of these postal voting requests were in error and listed the wrong jurisdictions. Submitting applications in Virginia with incorrectly tagged for the city from Fairfax were sent to residents of neighboring Fairfax district. But for all the ballot errors, they were clearly being sent for one purpose: to flood key states with tens of millions of postal ballots.
A Virginia polling station employee who wishes to remain anonymous sent me a copy of an envelope (archived here) that was mailed to him by CVI prior to the election, containing a postal vote request, but the return address (3125 W. Cary St. # 305, Richmond, VA) is a UPS business, not CVI’s Washington, DC office. He found similar envelopes in eight other states – Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Missouri – with return addresses for UPS stores.
What happened to the postal voting requests that were returned to CVI’s UPS boxes? Could they have been used to generate a universe of registered but unresponsive voters? Given the multitude of reports from across the country by voters who tried to vote on election day and who were told they could not vote because they did already voted, it raises serious questions about tax-exempt nonprofits that exploit IRS rules to swing elections for their political allies.
The future of the elections is not that bleak
There is no doubt that left activists would like to emulate any future election. But it doesn’t have to end like this.
Despite the high hopes of many Democrats, new studies show that postal votes had less of an effect on voter turnout than expected and did not help the Democratic Party dramatically. What they changed was How The Americans voted – opening the door to the kind of ballot harvest and fraud that characterize countries like Venezuela.
The left’s reliance on so many CTCL-funded mailboxes also suggests that voting by mail will not plague the future in the 15+ states (and more) that have already banned private funding of elections and likely others. Without mailboxes, the effectiveness of postal ballot papers will depend entirely on the US Postal Service – the 18th century institution that has been completely overtaken by private industry and could be privatized by a future Republican government. Given the current troubles, it is a sure thing that conducting elections will never be USPS’s top priority. As an election expert recently told me, “If you want to screw up voter ID, leave it to the DMV. If you want to screw up the vote, leave it to the Post. “
Is the left ready to hang its future on it? In an age of reliable two-day delivery, will Americans ever support elections that take 5-7 days to pass their ballots? any way and more than 15 days to certify? The further America moves forward, the more America’s left looks back.
Hayden Ludwig is Senior Investigative Researcher for the Capital Research Center.