As Revolver News reported on Nov. 4, 2020, in the early morning hours after Election Day, Trump was up by substantial numbers of votes in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, all states he won four years earlier, only to 'lose' them by the end of the week after Democrats flooded deep-blue districts (like Philadelphia and Detroit, where Democrats own the political machines) with phony ballots.
Pennsylvania, in particular, is a hot mess. There, Trump was up by a walloping 700,000 votes on the night of Nov. 3, but wound up 'losing' to Joe Biden by thousands of votes four days later, because it took 'so long to count' the ballots. In actuality, readers may recall that Democratic strongholds in battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, shut down counting in the early morning hours, pledging to resume operations the next morning. That was unprecedented.
Worse, the report noted, many of the changes in election procedures were implemented by judges and secretaries of state and were in direct violation of existing state laws regarding the governing and handling of elections passed by the legislatures. Only, none of that mattered because not a single federal court or the U.S. Supreme Court would hear lawsuits brought by Trump's campaign alleging that the changes made in the months and weeks before the election were illegal.
Now, it appears that 2022 may not be any different than 2020.
"Two years have passed. The first major post-2020, post-Covid election is upon us. What happens on Tuesday will be the trial run for what happens in 2024," Revolver News noted in a separate report published on Monday. "The watchword for Tuesday night isn’t 'Stop the Steal.' It is 'Expect the Steal… And Be Ready.'
The report continued:
Consider Pennsylvania, with its crucial Senate contest between Mehmet Oz and The Creature Who Answers to the Name John Fetterman. Two years ago, Pennsylvania’s election process probably featured more red flags than any other closely contested state. The state took a whole week to count its votes, with Biden only overtaking Trump’s large election-night lead on Friday morning.
Pennsylvania let votes count even if they arrived after Election Day, even if they had no postmark, and even if they didn’t have a matching signature. Twenty Pennsylvania counties used millions of dollars donated by Mark Zuckerberg to finance their election activities, including the famous unsupervised “Zuckerboxes,” which made it virtually impossible to enforce the state’s relatively strict limits on ballot harvesting. When Trump supporters tried to independently monitor drop boxes, state attorney general Josh Shapiro (now running for governor) threatened them with prosecution.
So, what are things like two years later? Pennsylvania’s Republican legislature passed bills to ensure signature verification and photo ID, and to ensure proper poll-watching… but Democratic governor Tom Wolf vetoed those bills. So in Pennsylvania this cycle, things are substantially like they were two years ago. And, yep, the state is even warning that it’s going to take a long time to count ballots again. So, unless Mehmet Oz absolutely buries Fetterman, how much confidence should we have in a perfectly aboveboard election in the Keystone State?
Fortunately, Revolver News reported, not all states are in such bad shape. Others led by Republican legislatures and governors like Georgia and Arizona made substantial improvements to voter integrity, including passing legislation that preempted Democratic attempts to implement changes to existing law like adding scores of unmonitored drop boxes.
"Arizona banned same-day voter registration (just a precaution, as it wasn’t in use before), created a new tracking system for early ballots, and passed new requirements to present photo ID when dropping off an early ballot. Georgia passed a law sharply restricting the use of ballot drop-off boxes, to prevent the fiasco of entirely unmonitored 24/7 boxes used in 2020. Georgia also banned Brad Raffensperger’s stunt of sending an absentee ballot to all voters in the mail, and finally required the use of ID for absentee voting as well as in-person," the report said.
That's the good news. The bad news is that several other battleground states have GOP legislatures but Democratic governors who blocked voter integrity efforts.
And now we have the White House claiming it'll take "days" to count ballots in some states as if that's perfectly normal. It isn't.