New Cracks in the ‘Most Secure Election’ Narrative

June 10, 2022 Updated: June 13, 2022

Commentary

Recent news reports continue to expose controversial problems with election integrity associated with the 2020 elections in several states. The prevailing narrative has been that the election was the “most secure” ever, although a stream of revelations pointing to real problems with election systems in several states is undermining that belief.

Let’s examine the topic in detail, including recent germane press reports.

The Most Secure Election

The conventional wisdom conveyed by the legacy media, the Democratic Party, and even a number of Republicans since November 2020 is that the 2020 election “was the most secure election in American history,” according to Fox News. This narrative was based on a joint statement made by the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council on Nov. 12, 2020.

Posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) website, the joint statement includes the following excerpt: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. … There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

There are two data points evinced from this announcement. First, it was made while the election was still being contested and irregularities in multiple states were just beginning to be reported by independent observers and analysts.

Second, Chris Krebs, the CISA director at the time, not only exceeded his authority in authorizing that joint statement (CISA has no role in determining whether election fraud exists, as noted here), but was also connected to James Clapper, former President Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence, and the Dutko Group (a major Democratic lobbying organization) as noted here.

Since the election, several cracks have occurred in the façade of that “most secure” narrative, including the result of the partial forensic analysis in Maricopa County, Arizona, reported out in August 2021, as well as an interim report provided in March 2022 by Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, that recommended Wisconsin decertify the 2020 election results in the state, as reported here. Both of these have been successfully stymied through legal maneuvers by those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.

Another significant crack that continues to be investigated in several states involves Mark Zuckerberg’s investment of $419 million via his Center for Tech and Civic Life to fund “a targeted, private takeover of government election operations by nominally nonpartisan—but demonstrably ideological—nonprofit organizations,” the New York Post reported last October (emphasis added).

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely via videoconference in this screengrab made from video during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, titled “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election,” on Facebook and Twitter’s content moderation practices, in Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 17, 2020. (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee via Reuters)

While these and other reports of election irregularities are now considered “old news,” several recent events have come to public attention that add significant new cracks to the “most secure election narrative.”

‘2000 Mules’

The May 2 release of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “2000 Mules” in theaters across the United States provided evidence of a coordinated, funded, illegal ballot trafficking network that operated in at least six states during the 2020 election. The evidence was based on an analysis of geospatial locating data from cellphones that were correlated with publicly available videos taken of ballot drop boxes.

True The Vote, a nonprofit organization focused on election integrity, analyzed 27 terabytes of data, including 4 million minutes of video and 10 trillion cellphone pings, to conclude the documentary cited above. TTV sets a high threshold for identifying a particular cellphone/person as a likely mule (a “ballot trafficker”).

For example, in Georgia, a person must have made at least two dozen trips to drop boxes and five visits to one or more nonprofit organizations to be counted as a “mule.” The result was the discovery of 242 traffickers in that state who made 5,662 trips to ballot drop boxes between midnight and 5 a.m., as reported in the documentary.

“2000 Mules” was a major crack in the secure election narrative, as Rasmussen Reports determined in a poll released on June 3 that 77 percent of the documentary’s viewers concluded afterward that “the movie strengthened their conviction that there was systematic and widespread election fraud in the 2020 election.”

Rasmussen reported that “only 15% of voters have seen 2000 Mules,” but that is a rather large number, as 15 percent of the 232 million eligible voters reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2020 works out to be 34 million people (and counting)!

Guilty Plea in Yuma County, Arizona

As a result of a follow-up investigation stemming from the information presented in “2000 Mules,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a modification to a guilty plea by a former mayor of San Luis, Arizona.

From the Brnovich announcement, “Guillermina Fuentes of San Luis pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of Ballot Abuse, a Class 6 Felony, for her role in an August 2020 Primary Election ‘ballot harvesting’ scheme where early ballots from other voters were collected and deposited into a ballot box on primary Election Day.”

This is one of several ongoing election fraud-related investigations being conducted by the Yuma County Sheriff’s office, as reported here, “The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) and the Yuma County Recorder’s Office (YCRO) are working together to actively examine cases of voting fraud from the 2020 General Election and now a recent pattern of fraudulent voter registration forms leading up to the 2022 Primary Election.”

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This undated photo released by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office shows Guillermina Fuentes. (Arizona Attorney General’s Office)

20,000 Mail Votes Received After Deadline in Arizona

On May 26, Verity Vote released a report detailing information found in documents previously withheld by Maricopa County elections officials. According to Verity Vote, the documents “show[ed] 18,000 additional late ballots not previously reported. Several contests were decided by less than 20K votes, most notably the statewide presidential race that was decided by only 10,457.”

The late ballots received were “of sufficient quantity to change the result of the 2020 General Election in Arizona.” Verity Vote is a group of experienced independent investigators who volunteered to analyze election integrity issues, as noted on its website.

New Jersey Voter Registration Problems

Voter registration rolls in many states aren’t well-maintained. An example was the removal of 206,000 names from Wisconsin’s database in August 2021. The big question is why this action wasn’t performed before the 2020 election since President Joe Biden’s victory margin in Wisconsin was just over 20,000 votes.

And the voter roll problems continue. A new report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation illuminated problems with voter registration rolls in New Jersey. Here are the highlights:

  • 8,239 New Jerseyans were registered twice or more under variations of their names.
  • 2,398 registrants were age 105 or greater.
  • 33,572 registrants had fictitious dates of birth (rendering them invalid).
  • 6,863 registrants had no dates of registration (rendering them invalid).

Former Congressman Pleads Guilty to Election Fraud

Lastly, on June 6, there was this statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, “Former U.S. Congressman Michael ‘Ozzie’ Myers, 79, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of justice, falsification of voting records, and conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election for orchestrating schemes to fraudulently stuff the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Pennsylvania elections.”

Just an aberration or common practice—and “bad luck”? What are the chances a younger person took over the job in 2020?

The Bottom Line

Where there is smoke, there is (usually) fire, as the old idiom goes. These latest series of “smoke events” are convincing more people that there really was an “election fire” in November 2020, as Rasmussen polling noted. And it’s not just Americans who are drawing that conclusion.

As reported here, Nicolaus Fest, the chairman of Alternative for Germany, the biggest patriot party in Germany, and Marcel de Graaff, a member of the European Parliament for Forum for Democracy, have watched “2000 Mules” and were shocked by what they saw.

Fest made a very astute observation: “We don’t really see a strong reaction from the federal government in the United States, but still, this movie had a big exposure. Millions and millions of people have seen it.”

Yes, many Americans also await a “strong reaction” from our government. So far, the U.S. political class doesn’t seem interested in ensuring election integrity in future elections.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Stu Cvrk
Stu Cvrk retired as a captain after serving 30 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. Through education and experience as an oceanographer and systems analyst, Cvrk is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a classical liberal education that serves as the key foundation for his political commentary.