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There should be an area of agreement between all reasonable people in the United States. For our country to survive we must be able to trust the integrity of our elections. If elected officials are abusing their power like they are in places like California right now, we need to have the ability to vote those people out of office or else there is no check against tyranny. When dishonest politicians are able to steal elections, they will.
Both Democrats and Republicans say that they want honest and fair elections. Both parties have complained about the integrity of our recent and upcoming elections. Unfortunately, they have different ideas about what is taking away the trust in our elections. We heard a lot from Democrats about Russian interference in the 2016 election. In fact, they have spent much of the last 4 years investigating it over and over again. Many of you may wonder how they allege that the Russians changed the outcome in 2016. Did they somehow hack our voting systems and change the vote counts? Did they fly in Russians to swing states where they cast illegal votes? No. The alleged Russian interference is that they said mean things about Hillary Clinton on Facebook. While that may be frustrating to Hillary fans, it does not actually make it easier for anybody to cast fraudulent votes. Plus, how many of you would change your vote because some stranger said something mean on Facebook?
Republicans ask a different question about voting that we should all agree is important. Do we know who is casting the votes in our elections and that no shenanigans are happening with those votes? If we don’t it opens the door to voter fraud, stolen elections, and the end of our government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Do not fall for the media line that very few people get convicted of voter fraud so nobody does it. That’s like saying a Las Vegas club that doesn’t check ID’s has no underage people inside because no underage people got caught.
How can we be more confident about who is voting and that they are correctly counted? The only way to be sure is to require in person voting, on Election Day, with matching photo ID to verify that the person is who they say they are. It’s easy and it’s common sense. Unfortunately, not everybody wants to have honest elections.
Each state sets up their own election laws, so some are far more reliable than others. Some are unwisely pushing for mail-in voting, with nobody there to verify that the person who filled out the ballot is the actual person that the ballot belongs to, and with no guarantee that the ballot will be delivered or counted. In fact, there is already an investigation into military mail-in ballots that were apparently opened and thrown into the garbage in Pennsylvania. The only time a mail-in ballot should be accepted is for overseas military personnel. All 50 states now allow some form of mail-in voting, so nobody gets a perfect score on preventing voter fraud, but some states at least have a few precautions set up.
Unfortunately, other states not only lack rules to prevent election shenanigans, but they come up with ideas to make cheating so easy that the Houston Astros wish they had thought of it. “Ballot harvesting” is the shady practice of allowing a third party to collect ballots and deliver them to be counted. This has all of the negatives of mail-in voting with the added problem of having partisan people targeting which ballots to bring in. In California this practice caused congressional districts that had always voted one way to flip. In many of the cases the returns had one candidate ahead at the end of election night only to swing wildly to the other side the next day. Whenever the results from election night change like that it raises major red flags as to the integrity of those votes.
It’s pretty unbelievable, but some states do not even require you to show identification when you go to vote. That means we have no idea who is casting votes in those states. Here in California, if I walked into a polling place and said my name is Fred Johnson, then I’m Fred Johnson. Apparently in Pennsylvania their Secretary of State said that they would not even throw out a ballot if the signature doesn’t match.
What we need is a report card to know which states have safe enough elections to trust the outcome. Below you will find it, with a grade based on how many precautions are set up to make sure that each vote has been properly cast by the correct, legal voter.
|State||Voting Only on Election Day||Voting In Person Only||ID Required to Verify Who Is Voting||Ballot Harvesting and Other Notable Rules||Grade|
|Alabama||Yes||No, but an excuse is required||Yes||Absentee ballots require witnesses and must be received before the close of polling||A|
|Alaska||No||No||Yes, but non-photo ID accepted||A special needs voter can have a representative return a ballot||C|
|Arizona||No||No||Yes, but non-photo ID accepted||Family member, household member, or caregiver can return ballots||C|
|Arkansas||No||No, but an excuse is required||Yes||Ballot harvesting allowed, but limit two ballots per authorized agent||B|
|California||No||No, and everyone receives a mailed ballot||No||Ballot harvesting allowed||F|
|Colorado||No||No, all mail-in election||No||Ballot harvesting allowed||F|
|Connecticut||Yes||No, but an excuse is required||Yes, but non-photo ID accepted||Others can return votes for disabled voters, with restrictions||B|
|Delaware||Yes, but early voting passed for 2022||No||ID is requested, but voters can sign an affidavit to avoid showing ID||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||D|
|Florida||No||No||Yes||Others can return votes for disabled voters, with restrictions||C|
|Georgia||No||No||Yes||Others can return votes for disabled voters, with restrictions||C|
|Hawaii||No||No, all mail-in election||ID is requested, but voters can recite their date of birth and address instead||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||F|
|Idaho||No||No||ID is requested, but voters can sign an affidavit to avoid showing ID||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||F|
|Illinois||No||No||No||Ballot harvesting allowed||F|
|Indiana||No||No, but an excuse is required, and coronavirus is not a valid excuse||Yes||Mail ballots must be received before the close of polling||B|
|Iowa||No||No||Yes, or another voter can vouch for their identity||Ballot harvesting allowed||D|
|Kansas||No||No||Yes||Ballot harvesting allowed||D|
|Kentucky||Yes||No, but an excuse is required||Yes||Others can return votes for disabled voter, with restrictions||A|
|Louisiana||No||No, but an excuse is required, and coronavirus is not a valid excuse||ID is requested, but voters can sign an affidavit to avoid showing ID||Mail ballots require a witness signature and must be received before the close of polling||B|
|Maine||No||No||No||Ballot harvesting allowed, but limited to five at a time||F|
|Maryland||No||No||No||Ballot harvesting allowed||F|
|Massachusetts||No||No||No||Ballots may be delivered by a family member or from a healthcare facility||F|
|Michigan||No||No||ID is requested, but voters can sign an affidavit to avoid showing ID||Family member or certified election assistant can deliver ballots. Ballots must be received by 6 pm on Election Day||D|
|Minnesota||No||No||No||Designated agent can return up to three ballots||F|
|Mississippi||Yes||No, but an excuse is required||Yes||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed. Mail ballots require witnesses and must be received before the close of polling||B|
|Missouri||Yes||No||Yes, but non-photo is accepted||Ballots can be returned by a family member or a team of election authorities and require witness signatures||B|
|Montana||No||No||Yes, but non-photo is accepted||Law limited who could return ballots and only six per person, but a judge has held up the law||D|
|Nebraska||No||No||No||Others can return up to two ballots except for campaign workers||D|
|Nevada||No||No, and everyone receives a mailed ballot||No||Ballots may be returned by a family member||F|
|New Hampshire||Yes||No, but an excuse is required||If ID is not presented, the voter signs a challenged voter affidavit and votes a regular ballot. After the election a mailing is sent and the voter must sign and return it; if it is not returned, the voter will be investigated for voter fraud.||Family members, nursing home staff, and residential care staff can return up to four ballots which must be received before the close of polling||B|
|New Jersey||No||No, and everyone receives a mailed ballot||No||An authorized messenger can return up to three ballots||F|
|New Mexico||No||No||No||A caregiver or immediate family member can return ballots||F|
|New York||No||No, but an excuse is required||No||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||F|
|North Carolina||No||No||No, although a voter ID law was passed by voters, it was blocked by an Obama appointed judge.||Ballots require witness signature and may be returned by a near relative or legal guardian||F|
|North Dakota||No||No||Yes||Others can deliver up to four ballots, cannot be a candidate or be compensated||C|
|Ohio||No||No||Yes, but non-photo is accepted||Ballots can be returned by a family member||D|
|Oklahoma||No||No||Yes, but non-photo is accepted||Copy of ID, notarized ballot, or two witness signatures required||C|
|Oregon||No||No, all mail-in election||No||Ballot harvesting allowed||F|
|Pennsylvania||No||No||No||If voter becomes too sick to vote a representative, deputy sheriff or constable can deliver an emergency absentee ballot||F|
|Rhode Island||No||No||Yes||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||D|
|South Carolina||Yes||No, but an excuse is required, and coronavirus is not a valid excuse||Yes||Ballots may be returned by others except candidates or paid campaign workers and require witness signatures||A|
|South Dakota||No||No||ID is requested, but voters can sign an affidavit to avoid showing ID||Photo ID required for a mail ballot. An authorized messenger may deliver ballots, but if more than one they must notify the person in charge of the election||D|
|Tennessee||No||No, and a judge ordered them to allow no-excuse absentee voting||Yes||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||D|
|Texas||No||No, but an excuse is required||Photo ID requested. Voters who do not possess an acceptable form of photo ID and cannot obtain one, may present a supporting form of ID and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration||Photo ID required for a mail ballot. A household member, relative or person lawfully assisting a voter who is disabled or cannot read the ballot may return the mail ballot||C|
|Utah||No||No, all mail-in election||No||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||F|
|Vermont||No||No, and everyone receives a mailed ballot||No||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||F|
|Virginia||No||No||Yes, but non-photo accepted||Witness signature required for mail ballots. A designated representative can return ballot for a voter who is incapacitated or hospitalized||C|
|Washington||No||No, all mail-in election||No||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||F|
|West Virginia||No||No, but an excuse is required||Yes, or be identified by a poll worker||Anyone can return up to two ballots||B|
|Wisconsin||No||No||Yes||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed. Photo ID required for a mail ballot and witness signature required||C|
|Wyoming||No||No||No||Unspecified if ballot harvesting is allowed||F|
In my new book The God Bet, I talk a lot about recognizing false frames that the media sets up to trick and confuse people. There is even a bonus section at the end of the book with an index of false frames that the left and the media use to define issues in dishonest ways to attack Republicans. This week a friend posted a video that was going around social media that uses so many false frames in such a short video that it would be a great opportunity to help you filter them out and “unspin” issues that the left is trying to manipulate you with because they think you’re gullible. Let’s prove to them that we aren’t.
The video can be seen here and starts with a portion of the Republican Convention speech by Kimberly Guilfoyle on Monday night. The caption said that it was full of lies so I was interested to hear why she would lie when all the truth is already on our side. In it, they edit to show parts of the speech where she is being emphatic and raising her voice, as well as parts where she is legitimately criticizing what Democrats will do if they win in November. The lies were not in there.
Then the podcaster who made the video pops on the screen and I figured out where the lies begin. He starts with a supposed joke that her speech is in the style of North Korean propaganda and that her speechwriter was Mussolini. Then he gets to the false frames. He claims that “the modern GOP is predicated on divisiveness and hate and bigotry.” What does he use as his proof? He continues, “Trump’s campaign was launched on the promise of banning Muslims and banning Mexicans from this country.” A half-truth and a boldface lie. With regards to Muslims he never suggested ejecting law abiding Muslim citizens from the United States. He did propose a temporary travel ban on countries where a large percentage of the population supports terrorism or sharia law, not because of bigotry or hate, but for national defense purposes. With regards to our Mexican immigrants, he does not want to ban your neighbor who legally immigrated here. He does want to stop people who break our laws from crossing our borders. To say that that is a ban on Mexicans is like saying if Disneyland banned me from sneaking in without paying it was a ban on white people from the park.
Later in his diatribe he has some better jokes than late night comedians have told in years, but that isn’t hard. He says that “optimism does not compute for this party (Republicans),” and jokes that, “you’d have more luck going into Home Depot for lasagna than expecting uplift from the GOP.” He says that Republicans are fearmongering and “are only capable of governing by fear.” He wasn’t even intending to be funny, but honestly, how hilarious are his claims? Republicans are divisive, pessimistic, and govern by fear? Let’s compare and see which party is more divisive, pessimistic, and fearmongering?
Poor people are victims of the evil rich. Gay people are the victims of intolerant Christians. Women are the victims of sexist men. Immigrants are victims of xenophobic white people. Black people are the victims of racist white people. The police are bigots who go to work each day trying to murder black people. You should vote for us to protect you from all these divisive, fearmongering monsters. Also, if you don’t vote for us you’re going to die from coronavirus if the world doesn’t end from global warming first.
America is a land of opportunity! If you work hard you can succeed no matter where you started. We are one nation, under God, and everyone should be free to worship as they please and live by those values. America is a great melting pot and immigrants are welcomed as equals on the day they take the oath of citizenship. Skin color is irrelevant. Black people are just as capable as white people. The police are heroes who try to keep law abiding citizens safe. If you vote for us we want you to enjoy your freedom and not have to worry about the government getting in your way.
Which party seems more divisive? Which one wants to scare you into voting for them?
But wait. It got better. After making the Bizzaro World claim that Republicans are the divisive ones, he defends the Democrats by denying reality. He says:
“What was par for the course was the fearmongering about Democrats; the threats about open borders and closed schools and sending jobs back to China and installing socialism and the police sending your calls to voicemail and controlling what you do and say… the thing is, none of that is true.”
The real thing is, he’s lying. That stuff is true. He claims that, “Zero Democrats are running on open borders.” They may not call it open borders but they fought against funding the wall and against any kind of real enforcement. Many of them have even voiced support for sanctuary policies and for abolishing ICE. Most Democrats do want schools closed and he even admits it later in the video. Democrats do want to put in place socialist policies and some, like Bernie Sanders, even call themselves socialists. This guy apparently hasn’t heard all of the talk about defunding police. I promise you that’s not coming from Republicans. As for controlling what you do and say, how can he deny it? Don’t Democrats want to control what you do with more of your money by taking it for the government? Don’t Democrats want to control where you can eat or whether you can go to a concert, sporting event, movie or church? Don’t Democrats want to control who bakers have to bake wedding cakes for? We could go on and on.
He says Republicans should run on real policy but then if we point out what Democrats actually stand for he calls it lies, straw man arguments, and fearmongering. Besides that, President Trump is running on policy. The Republican Convention this week was full of his policy accomplishments, because they are many. On the other hand, the only policy talk from Joe Biden at last week’s convention was that he would make the next four years smile free and faceless by requiring masks. Apparently that doesn’t count as controlling what you do.
This video is a great example of how the media tries to deceive you and it is not unusual. I watched President Trump’s inspirational, accomplishment filled acceptance speech Thursday night and then flipped around the news channels to hear what they were saying. The entire mainstream media really is like the Bizzaro World, where everything is opposite of reality. They told me his optimistic speech about American greatness, faith in God, and freedom was really about anger and divisiveness. It was perplexing, but I expected it. I always understand that the mainstream media is trying to manipulate us. You should too.