Claims of voter fraud within the 2020 presidential election | Opinion

Within the Saturday, Jan. 23 version of this newspaper, the Rice Co. Republican Chair tried to justify the claims of many Trump voters of voter fraud within the Presidential election. She acknowledged, “The Jan. 5, (the proper date is Jan. 6) assault on the Nation’s Capital was horrendous, inexcusable and most Republicans are appalled the actions of some fringe components of the occasion. There isn’t a excuse for what the rioters did, however there could also be a cause.” She then states examples of voter fraud right here in Minnesota in previous elections. You possibly can take a look at the incidences of voter fraud in varied states at The Heritage Basis web site,, confirmed two circumstances of voter fraud for 2020 within the 5 contested states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Minnesota had none. Of the extra states I checked, California had the best quantity with eight fraud circumstances. The Heritage Foundations describes itself as an “advocate for particular person liberty, restricted authorities, free enterprise, conventional American values and a powerful nationwide protection to guard all.” The overall variety of voter frauds listed wouldn’t overturn the outcomes of an election.

The Republican Chair then goes on to make the identical declare as legislators in our personal state did together with members of Congress that State Legislators have the fitting not Secretaries of State to vary election directives. This problem was overwhelmingly thrown out of court docket judges throughout this nation, many who had been appointed Trump.

The next are claims made Trump and his authorized crew of voter fraud: (1) Extra votes than registered voters. (2) Unexplained surges in Democrat votes. (3) Votes flipped from Trump to Biden. (4) The voting machines are owned Democrats. (5) 1000’s of lifeless individuals voted.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Presidential election relied closely on the usage of mail-in ballots. All states have allowed voters to vote mail in sure circumstances earlier than the 2020 election. Donald Trump repeatedly acknowledged months earlier than the election that the one method he might lose was due to voter fraud. There have been tons of of affidavits filed throughout the nation Republican operatives alleging voter fraud with none credible proof introduced. Trump continued to allege the election was stolen even in spite of everything fifty states licensed their elections outcomes with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris profitable the favored vote and 306 electoral votes.

If a Democratic Candidate had misplaced the election and continued to allege voter fraud after which held a rally inciting a crowd to assault our Nation’s Capital do you suppose that candidate and followers ought to be held accountable? Why ought to or not it’s any totally different with Donald Trump?

Phil Heim of Medford, husband of Gail, is the daddy of 4 grownup youngsters, a son-in-law, hope-to-be daughter-in-law, and grandpa to 4 grandchildren.

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