Double voting, fraud, and skepticism are the talks of the 2020 Election. What would it look like to overturn an election almost one year in, and what would happen to all Executive Orders?
Talk of voter fraud was rounding the news and media before the November 2020 election. In October 2020, NPR ran a story about what to do if you get someone else’s ballot in the mail, and the stories span back to 2016 when a couple received 80 unused votes registered to an apartment complex barring different names.
Lack of voter ID laws and relaxed standards for absentee ballots have called into question the legitimacy of our elections.
Georgia has found that 10,000 votes were illegally cast in the 2020 Election. At least 1,000 of those stem from voting twice and are being investigated. Most of the other voters had issues with address changes. In the state where Joe Biden narrowly won by 11,779 votes, this causes a lot of concern.
The results thus far are only the beginning of the proof that will tell the story of fraud and coercion that details our 2020 Election. Mark Davis, talk show host, and author stated, “For me, watching this election was like watching a very, very slow-moving train wreck.” Davis continued, “When you all of a sudden switch all of these folks from in-person voting to absentee voting, and the underlying data is a mess, then you’re going to get an election that’s a mess.” The biggest issue here, change of address databases. Election laws are put in place specifically for instances like the 2020 Election. Covid-19 gave our election process a run for its money in the procedure that was followed.
In Georgia, the voter law says that if you change your address 30 days before the election, you should vote in the county that you moved in. With rampant mail-in ballots being mailed out without a request made, it’s reasonable to believe that people could have voted twice, and it has been proven.
Davis used data provided by the Georgia Secretary of States’ office to look for potential voter fraud. Davis used this information and information from the National Change of Address (NCOA) database to determine how many votes were cast illegally. Davis found nearly 35,000 votes that were outside the change of address law. Even though the voters had moved from one Georgia county to another, they continued to vote in the county where they had relocated. Thirty-five thousand votes are more than enough to sway the 2020 election.
This information is not on primetime news, and courts have downplayed the issue. When speaking with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, Davis said they admitted to seeing votes with residency issues but did not see enough to sway the election. Davis said, “I heard members of the Secretary of State’s team admit some votes were cast with residency issues, but then claimed there weren’t enough of them to cast the outcome of the election in doubt.” He then continued, “That was not at all what I was seeing, and as far as I am aware, the Secretary of State’s Office has never put an actual number on the ones they did see.” Davis believes the margin would have called for a re-vote to occur in Georgia.
Georgia has conducted re-votes in the past. In 2018 a judge ordered a redo of an election for a northern Georgia state House district when many ballots were placed for a different race.
The unusual nature of this issue doesn’t make recourse easy. The voters deserve free and fair elections and to have their voices heard. Transparency in the voting process has been hindered by Covid-19 and social distance orders as fraud continues to be found.
Maricopa County, Arizona, is still not finished with the election recount, while Pennsylvania and Georgia are falling in line to test the integrity of the 2020 Election.