Republicans have taken their sweet time in shoring up the integrity of our elections after the 2020 contest was stolen. Better late than never, however.
Georgia’s Republican-led legislature is voting on a list of election integrity bills this month, which will cure many of the problems we saw there in 2020. Two separate lawsuits have also begun, which could lead to a nationwide ban on counting mail-in ballots that are received after Election Day.
The Georgia House voted 167-1 to have a watermark placed on every ballot in the state. It’s amazing that only one Democrat voted against this. One of the complaints about the 2020 election was that there were potentially tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots inserted into the results.
Multiple election observers signed sworn affidavits that they had seen ballots printed on flimsy paper that was definitely not the official paper stock that the state uses. Many also appeared to have been generated on a printer, with the ovals for Joe Biden perfectly filled in.
The Trump-hating Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, along with the next-to-completely-worthless state courts, have refused for three-plus years now to allow election integrity groups to examine the 2020 ballots to verify whether they are real or fake.
That bill now goes to the Georgia Senate for consideration. If the Senate passes it and it is signed into law, it goes into effect on July 1st of this year.
Georgia Republicans are also considering several additional election integrity measures, which are all likely to pass. One bill would remove the electronic bar codes put on ballots by the Dominion Voting Systems machines. Humans can’t read the bar codes, which is the whole point of these election-stealing machines. You have no way of knowing whether the machine accurately counted your vote, since you can’t read the bar code.
Raffensperger has said that he supports this bill and agrees that “human readable text” should be the standard going forward. As usual, the serially dishonest Raffensperger is talking out of both sides of his ass. While he says he supports the measure, he claims that there won’t be enough time to implement such a change before the November election.
NASA could launch a rover tomorrow and land it on the surface of Mars by this August—but Brad Raffensperger can’t update his precious Dominion Voting Systems machines by November.
Raffensperger does have some problems coming up, however. The Georgia Senate voted to remove him from State Election Board and to place the Secretary of State’s office under investigation. Brad Raffensperger might not even have a job before the election rolls around.
Another Georgia bill would require two separate after-election audits, to make sure that the number of ballots equals the number of votes counted by the machines. Have you noticed that all of these fraud-prevention measures would be completely unnecessary if they would just ban the stupid machines?
Finally, there’s another bill that would permanently make scans of ballots available for public inspection, without revealing identifying information about the voters who cast them. Raffensperger has been hiding scans of the 2020 election for three years now, because he knows those scans will show pre-printed ballots for Joe Biden.
Those will be some big changes for Georgia ahead of the 2024 election and will take away several tools that the Democrats used to steal the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, the RNC has launched two separate lawsuits against states accepting mail-in ballots that show up after Election Day. They’re suing North Dakota and Mississippi. This is actually a really good idea, so it must not have come from Ronna McDaniel. (Maybe Harmeet Dhillon came up with it?)
Both of those states are under the jurisdiction of conservative-leaning federal courts, which increases the likelihood of success for one or both of these cases. Here’s why this is such a clever move.
If one of the federal courts rules that accepting mail-in ballots after Election Day is unconstitutional, it will apply to all the other states that do the same thing. Ballot fraud isn’t a huge problem in North Dakota, so it wouldn’t have much impact there. But in states like Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon, and others where Democrats are allowed to cheat with fake ballots pouring in long after Election Day, it will make a big difference.
All of these changes, whether they are enacted by federal courts or the Georgia legislature, will be a tremendous reassurance come November. We’ll keep you posted throughout the year on the progress of these ballot measures and court cases.