Becky Behrends, M.D. VP of Research for MC4EI
Phil O’Halloran VP of MC4EI
How much weight should be given to the statements and conclusions of “election officials”?
In Wisconsin, election officials ignored the state election code by providing that nursing homes could disregard Wisconsin’s requirement that special voting deputies oversee elections in residential facilities. Nursing home residents were victimized by ballot harvesters as a consequence. This has been investigated in detail by Special Counsel and retired Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Michael Gableman.
In Arizona, a Maricopa County Supervisor, Steve Chucri, through leaked audio recordings, revealed that the initial very small-scale audit performed by the county after the 2020 election was “pretty bullshit.” He said his county colleagues “didn’t have the guts” to do a real audit. He admitted to the occurrence of multifaceted ballot harvesting. He had to resign later over this leak and then stated publicly that there was no fraud in the 2020 election.
So much for the opinions and statements of some election officials. However, it needs to be said that there are thousands of decent, law-abiding election clerks and workers. To be clear, this “story” is not about them.
Now, what happened in Michigan?
Chris Thomas, the top election official on the floor of the Detroit TCF Center in the 2020 General Election, claimed in an affidavit that no valid challenges were refused or ignored by Detroit election workers. The TCF center was where absentee ballots were tabulated. Yet, according to “TCF Timeline,” a report detailing the lawless and fraudulent behavior that occurred at the TCF center, not only were valid challenges routinely refused by poll workers and supervisors, Thomas himself is alleged to have refused the challenge of a group of several thousand ballots. This challenge was deemed valid by a GOP election lawyer (G. Kline Preston), who assisted the GOP challenger (Jason Humes).
What do we mean by “challenges”? Poll challengers, by state law, have the right to challenge ballots deemed illegitimate or election procedures not being properly carried out by poll workers, currently referred to as election inspectors. When a challenge is made, it must be recorded by election officials and duly noted.
So, these two GOP poll challengers (one of them the GOP lawyer as mentioned) challenged 5,000-7,000 ballots on election day. Chris Thomas and Daniel Baxter, another top election official, refused to acknowledge the challenges made concerning “problem ballots” that were not shown to be from legitimate and duly registered voters.
As noted in sworn affidavits, the GOP poll challengers requested that these “problem ballots” be sequestered to preserve and record their timely, well-stated challenges to these ballots. Thomas took the two challengers to a computer and demonstrated to them by using internet access to the state voter file (QVF) that the ballot processors had merely made a mistake by not “clicking save.” When they asked Thomas and Baxter how it could be ensured that these problem ballots were properly verified, the response they were given was “trust us”!
Even President Ronald Reagan, in a former cold war era, uttered the memorable phrase, “Trust, BUT VERIFY.” Imagine your bank not requiring verification of identity or a business conducting a transaction, or the airlines, or national defense agencies, and on and on. It defies the imagination! Who would verify that Thomas and Baxter would indeed follow through and verify these ballots? And with no bipartisan oversight? It is like trusting the Iranians and North Koreans to dismantle their nuclear weapons because they “said they would.” If anyone believes that, we could probably sell them the Brooklyn Bridge and toss in the Eiffel Tower to boot!
In other words, the “unidentified problem ballots” should still be considered legitimate! Thomas later claimed in an affidavit that the two challengers then “chose not to file a challenge” after seeing this demonstration on the computer.
This top election official’s claim runs entirely counter to the sworn statements of the two GOP poll challengers. They DID NOT refuse to press forward with challenges. They were denied! In fact, many other GOP challengers were denied their right to have their challenges recorded as well.
Challengers claimed that they were frequently denied the right to view, inspect and challenge ballots and procedures and, in some cases, were even physically removed from the counting board floor by police, allegedly for simply making a challenge, as is their duty when faced with questionable ballot counting procedures. The sworn statement of Chris Thomas says, “I am not aware of any valid challenge being refused or ignored or any challengers being removed because they were challenging ballots.” This simply does not square with the testimonies of dozens of affiants.
The ironic thing is that even ballots that are “challenged” are still allowed to be tabulated, which doesn’t make sense, but remember, this is Detroit we are talking about.
But, if one is dealing with thousands of ballots, maybe it’s not such a good thing to acknowledge that there was an abundance of “challenges” calling into question the security and integrity of the election. So, here we have the top election officials pretending under oath that such challenges never occurred. It’s a case of he said, she said. And then the usual parade of leftist judges and kowtowing media lines up behind these officials and the conclusion? Case closed.
One of cybersecurity’s most used buzzwords is “zero trust.” It is “a strategic approach to cybersecurity that secures an organization by eliminating implicit trust and continuously validating every stage of a digital interaction. Rooted in the principle of “never trust, always verify.”
The problem in Detroit and elsewhere in the nation in the 2020 election, voters were expected to “trust us” with no verification. We should apply the principles of zero trust to the election process as well.
And so, to our top election officials in Detroit in the 2020 election, we say the following: Your actions did not deserve our trust.
Dr. Ben Carson said the following: “People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense.”
We are on a dangerous path if we don’t have truth and honesty in our elected or appointed officials. Citizens need to be informed and demand election integrity. Our well-being, security, and freedom as a nation depend on it. In the words of John Adams, “You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
The original, detailed report from which this article is derived is available from Michigan Citizens for Election Integrity (MC4EI.com) as written by Phil O’Halloran, VP of MC4EI.
It is the third in a series of three articles written by O’Halloran based on the events that occurred at the TCF Center in Detroit on Election Day. It is entitled: “Trust Us”—-Detroit Election Chiefs to GOP Challengers During the 2020 Election.”
Part One was: “Ambush on the Detroit River”