Attorney General Authorizes Election Probes

Attorney General Authorizes Election Probes

( – From software glitches to ballot harvesting, allegations are flying that cheating may have occurred in order to thwart President Trump’s chances at re-election. For almost a week, President Trump warned that widespread voter fraud eroded his significant lead in Arizona and Pennsylvania. However, the question is, is there enough evidence that these irregularities or fraud could change the outcome of the election?

While the question is a good one, in and of itself, it’s incomplete. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the voters who cast a ballot for President Trump deserve to know. America also needs to know what lawmakers will do to protect future elections and ensure that all voters are assured that any election outcome is legitimate.

Attorney General Issues Memo

On Monday, November 9, US Attorney General William Barr issued a memo authorizing federal prosecutors to look into “substantial allegations” of irregularities before the presidential election is certified. Barr wrote that there should be “clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”

The AG also emphasized that the public should not infer that the Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded any wrongdoing that could affect the election’s outcome at this point. He added that “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be the basis for initiating federal inquiries.”

Alleged Issues

Across the country, several issues arose over the last number of days. A software glitch miscounted thousands of votes for Joe Biden, flipping one county to Trump in Michigan. The Michigan GOP said 47 counties used the same software and that each one’s votes should be reviewed.

During early voting in Nevada, an election worker signed a sworn statement claiming voters were permitted to vote with provisional ballots without valid identification. The poll worker alleges that the only proof required was a scheduled appointment at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

In Pennsylvania, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said 25,000 alleged ballot harvesting cases in conjunction with mail-in voting irregularities at nursing homes were being looked at suspiciously. Graham said, “Somebody is up to no good in these nursing homes.” In addition, the South Carolina Senator received an affidavit from a postal worker in Pennsylvania, alleging that postal service supervisors backdated ballots mailed after the election. Graham called on the DOJ to investigate. If the allegations are proven true, it could swing the state back to Trump. As of this writing on November 10, the president trails Biden by approximately 45,000 votes in Pennsylvania.

While it’s unknown if enough irregularities or fraud occurred to help Trump win re-election, the public deserves to know if and how the election was impacted. The media and Democrats claim the allegations are baseless, and no credible evidence exists. Yet, people are coming forward signing affidavits that it did occur.

In the coming days and weeks, America may learn if people cheated in the election process.

Stay tuned. This is an evolving story.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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