CHARLOTTE — Understandably, most of the nation’s focus has been fixated on the fraud that happened in the presidential election. However, it’s worth noting that other Republicans are getting screwed by sketchy, late rushes of Democrat votes counted well after the election had ended. One such instance has become especially egregious and it’s taking place in New York.
The district in question is the NY-22. It has suddenly flipped to the Democrat in the race by 13 votes and the story behind how that occurred will have you punching walls or facepalming. Whichever you prefer.
The judge miraculously "found" enough ballots that he felt were okay and the incumbent now "leads" by 13 votes.https://t.co/miAlX6bZpD
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) November 28, 2020
After trailing in the polls by over 28,000 votes on election night, upstate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi claimed victory Wednesday in the 22nd district over his Republican challenger — celebrating a slim 13-vote lead.
You read that correctly. A Democrat that was losing by 28,000 votes in a district race (i.e., that’s a huge margin) has now claimed victory by 13 votes because a Democrat activist judge stepped in and put his ‘stamp’ of approval on enough rejected ballots to make it true. The implications surrounding all this are equally absurd and insane!
If one judge can decide he gets to be the arbiter of which ballots are accepted even after they were rightly rejected under the law, that now opens nearly every close race up to judicial meddling.
Assuming the Republican loses, one House race isn’t a catastrophe. The GOP will still be well-positioned to retake the lower chamber in 2022. However, this sends a message that this kind of tampering is not only acceptable but this judge has now created precedent. Hopefully, Claudia Tenney has some other legal recourse here, perhaps appealing this in federal court. I’m not confident in all of her options at this point, but surely this can’t happen like this.
Republicans have been saying for months that this is the danger of mail-in ballots and judges being allowed to nullify election law at their whim. We saw a similar thing but on a much larger scale in Pennsylvania. A court unilaterally decided that the election laws simply no longer applied in that state, thus allowing thousands of additional ballots to come in after a set deadline.
Mass mail-in ballots in general, at least when done in a way where they aren’t required to be in some days before the election, are also awful for the credibility of our system. How can anyone feel good or confident in the integrity of our elections when huge shifts in votes happen weeks after the fact due to late arriving and/or counted ballots?
This must be fixed! It is incumbent upon Republicans in control of state levers of power, including state houses and governors, to solve this glaring problem. If they don’t, they can expect to be slowly weeded out by the very fraud they’ve ignored. Republicans must fight this and be bold doing so. Losing with dignity needs to die, and fighting for every vote must be the order of the day!
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