The news that the Republican Party of Connecticut has created a citizen task force to record and investigate cases of potential voter fraud ahead of the 2020 presidential election is a welcome sign that some Republican leaders understand how the Democrats intend to create Election Day chaos to ensure that President Trump is defeated.
According to reporting by Solange Reyner of NewsMax, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano announced the Taskforce same day a West Virginia postal worker pleaded guilty to attempted election fraud.
“Our voter rolls are a mess, with dead and moved voters remaining eligible to vote for years,” GOP chairman Romano told the CT Mirror. “Now Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has made an already bad system even worse by unilaterally sending tens of thousands of absentee ballot applications to voters across the state.”
Merrill mailed out 1.2 million unsolicited absentee ballot applications to every registered voter in the state, but nearly 100,000 of them were returned as undeliverable.
Republican State Chairman J.R. Romano and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said the returns on the mass mailing expose a potential for fraud in the state’s voting system, which relies on local registrars to keep the voting lists up to date.
Romano told the CT Mirror the state GOP is opening a tip line dubbed the “CT Republican Voter Fraud Task Force” seeking examples of applications mailed to the wrong address, and Fasano said he may propose legislation that would bar Merrill from making a similar mailing for the general election in November.
In addition to the mail returned as undeliverable, there are instances of absentee ballot applications being delivered to the wrong homes, and that is what the GOP is hoping to hear about through its tip line, Romano said according to reporting by the CT Mirror.
The last time Connecticut voted for a Republican presidential candidate was 1988, but GOP Chairman J.R. Romano and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano are way ahead of many of their counterparts in other states where the election will be a lot closer.
So what about other states?
As our friend, former Justice Department attorney and election law expert with the Public Interest Legal Foundation J. Christian Adams has done yeoman’s work documenting how non-citizens and others not entitled to vote have been registered to vote and voted through the “motor voter” registration program in Democrat-run states such as Virginia, where election officials repeatedly refused to cooperate with open records inquiries on non-citizen voter registrations.
As the Supreme Court of the United States said in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, “not only is the risk of voter fraud real but … it could affect the outcome of a close election.”
And in 2008 in the Indiana Democratic Primary it did.
This fraud was not uncovered until well after the 2008 presidential election, so as our friend election law attorney Hans von Spakovsky observed, Americans will never know what impact it might have had on the heated contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President if it had been discovered at the time.
One thing, however, is certain, says von Spakovsy: Had this fraud been discovered, Barack Obama would have been disqualified from the primary ballot in a major state, and Hillary Clinton would have won all of the Democratic Party delegates in Indiana.
And that was in a Democrat primary – imagine the lengths Democrats will go to defeat Donald Trump.
Well, actually we don’t have to imagine, we saw it firsthand in Ohio.
While voter fraud isn’t a uniquely Democrat problem – if you look hard enough you can find an example or two of Republicans engaged in voter fraud – defense of voter fraud is a unique province of the Democratic Party and the Left.
(For more on this see “Why Has Biden Hired 600 Lawyers?” in today’s CHQ headline news.)
Who can forget Melowese Richardson, a Hamilton County, Ohio, poll worker from 1998 until her arrest 2013 when she was charged with eight counts of illegal voting. In May 2013, she accepted a plea deal including five years in prison for her plea to four counts in exchange for the other four being dismissed.
She was convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times — in 2008, 2011 and 2012 — for her sister, Montez Richardson, who has been in a coma since 2003.
Richardson told the judge she was bothered that Amy Searcy, the Hamilton County Board of Elections director, had criticized her moments before the sentencing. Richardson, 58, said that for years she helped register Democrats to vote but now was being persecuted despite her decades as a poll worker.
“I think the board has shown me nothing but total disrespect for the 30 years I’ve served them,” she told the judge. “I believe in the system and I’ve done nothing to harm the system or cause disgrace to President Obama.”
The judge and prosecutor later relented under pressure and Richardson was released on probation, to a hero’s welcome at a Democratic voter registration rally.
A year later in March of 2014 Richardson got a big hug from Rev. Al Sharpton at a 400-person strong rally at Word of Deliverance Church in Forest Park, Ohio when Cincinnati National Action Network President Bobby Hilton called her on stage for a “welcome home.”
State Republican Parties used to conduct regular ballot security operations, but fear of being branded a racist, and in some cases settlements of lawsuits, have made these a rare occurrence. It is time state Republican Party officials – and the Trump campaign – grasped that Democrats are playing for all the chips in this election, and small niceties like counting only legally cast votes by legally registered voters will not be allowed to get in the way.
Contact information for your state’s Republican Party may be obtained through this link. We urge CHQ readers and friends to contact their state Republican leadership to demand they institute an Election Day ballot integrity operation to ensure that the Democrats’ Election Day chaos strategy does not succeed in negating the legally cast ballots in your state.