Regarding that last point, Laxalt reminds us, to the contrary, that: “Democrats put us here. They could have allowed for a system with both absentee ballots upon request and in-person voting, along with safeguards to ensure election integrity.”
Yet instead, he explains:
“[T]hey passed a series of ‘reforms’ during a midnight ‘emergency’ special session that implemented universal mail-in balloting and legalized California-style ballot harvesting. Gov. Steve Sisolak flat-out refused to allow any accountability measures or oversight in the ballot-harvesting process. Our secretary of state, whose office lacks sufficient resources to adequately protect our elections, refused to speak up publicly and acknowledge our state’s inability to handle mail-in balloting securely.
“We know Nevada has unclean voter rolls. The Review-Journal reported that in the June primary election ‘93,585 undeliverable ballots belonged to voters classified as active in Clark County’s voter rolls.’ We’ve all seen the news stories and videos of mailed ballots piling up around trash cans and at apartment complexes. Dead voters and people who have moved out of state were mailed ballots at Las Vegas addresses, and others were mailed ballots out of state.
“In Clark County, registrar Joe Gloria used a new machine to verity signatures for mail-in ballots. He inexplicably and unilaterally lowered the signature-matching accuracy standard on this machine used to count ballots to 40 percent — well below the manufacturer’s recommended setting. AI and computer-vision experts have said that once the factory setting on the machine is altered, it takes months of effort from a massive team with the appropriate expertise to get it back to a reliable standard.”
Laxalt concludes by underscoring why the dismantling of election security is such a grave problem, and is an affront to citizens of all political leanings:
“Those who voted honestly in this election deserve to know that their votes — not just in the presidential race, but up and down the ballot — were not canceled out or diluted because of fraud or error. All citizens, regardless of party or candidate preferences, deserve to know our election was conducted freely and fairly.”
You can read the full op-ed here.
It's an absolute disgrace that Democrats, through their reckless behavior, have done so much to destroy voters’ confidence in the integrity of this year’s election. And even more so that they’re trying to avoid accountability for their actions.
We’re here to make sure they don’t get away with it.
ITEM #2: In case you missed it, you’ll want to check out a recent segment on Fox News, in which Martha MacCallum interviewed Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks, who has been a standout among media members for his excellent coverage of this year’s election debacle.
In the interview, Joecks discusses an experiment he ran showing that Clark County’s signature-verification “safeguards” were a complete joke.
This is a critical point. Let’s not forget that officials repeatedly told us not to worry about the security of universal mail-in balloting, as they ensured us that signature verification would guarantee that there could be no fraud.
Well, so much for that.
As Joecks explains, he had nine volunteers participate in his experiment, and he details how it all unfolded:
“I signed their name as it appeared on the ballot. I took a picture and I sent it to them and then they copied my signature onto the ballot return envelope. That’s how it was legal.”
As Joecks reports, eight of these nine got through — meaning the signature “verification” system had an 89 percent failure rate.
The underlying problem with all this, as Joecks says, is that:
“We just simply don’t know how many problems there are. The Clark County Registrar … said they don’t have anyone looking at voter fraud issues. We simply don’t know how widespread the problem is.”
You can watch the full interview here.
ITEM #3: As we’ve noted previously, it wasn’t long ago that there was bi-partisan agreement on the steps necessary to promote election integrity.
In particular, we’ve highlighted the 2005 report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, which was spearheaded by Democrat former President Jimmy Carter and Republican former Secretary of State James Baker.
In a must-read op-ed this week, the Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas demonstrates how the Carter-Baker Commission’s recommendations, if implemented, may have prevented the current election mess.
“They called on states to increase voter ID requirements; to be leery of mail-in voting; to halt ballot harvesting; to maintain voter lists, in part to ensure dead people are promptly removed from them…”
Yet of course, that advice has been generally ignored.
“Had Congress and state governments adopted many of the panel’s recommendations, the 2020 postelection mess between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden might have been avoided, said Carter-Baker Commission member Kay C. James, now the president of The Heritage Foundation.
“‘So many of the problems we’re now hearing about in the aftermath of the 2020 election could have been avoided had states heeded the advice of the Commission on Federal Election Reform,’ she said.”
Lucas’ piece is very detailed and worth reading in full, which you can do here.
Sadly, the left has taken what could and should have continued to be an area of broad, bi-partisan agreement and cooperation, and politicized it to no end. They continue to reject the Commission’s recommendations, demean anyone who tries to implement them, and move forward with measures that would completely undermine rather than enhance election security.
The major problems with this year’s election in Nevada and nationwide are the predictable result … and they’ll only get worse in the future, if we don’t reverse course.
“In response to the ongoing efforts to expose and correct these serious problems [with this year's election], some on the left have accused me and others of attempting to 'disenfranchise' Nevada voters. It’s not only demonstrably false, it actually completely inverts the truth. An accurate election is one that ensures only real votes count. True disenfranchisement comes with a system that allows fraudulent votes to be counted because it results in legitimate votes counting for less.” ― Morning in Nevada PAC President Adam Laxalt, Las Vegas Review-Journal op-ed
“Widespread fraud was certainly possible. And the lack of interest by elected officials, by election officials, is simply concerning and, frankly, irresponsible." ― Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks