Earlier today, Twitter took the unprecedented step of adding a fact-check to a presidential tweet. CNN, the Washington Post, et. al. had assured us, it said, that mail-in voting fraud was simply a myth; that it very rarely happens and there is no reason to believe that it would in the future, at least not to any appreciable extent.
They really picked the wrong time to go out on that limb.
The feds announced today that they charged Thomas Cooper, a mail carrier in West Virginia, with the exact type of electoral fraud that so many conservatives are vigilant to prevent.
The DOJ said the following:
“Cooper, age 47, of Dry Fork, West Virginia, is charged with ‘Attempt to Defraud the Residents of West Virginia of a Fair Election.’ According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, Cooper held a U.S. Postal Service contract to deliver mail in Pendleton County. In April 2020, the Clerk of Pendleton County received ‘2020 Primary Election COVID-19 Mail-In Absentee Request’ forms from eight voters on which the voter’s party-ballot request appeared to have been altered.”
According to reports, there was no uniform effort to help one party or another, as some ballots were changed from Democrat to Republican while other ballots were altered in other ways. Cooper admitted to changing info on the ballot requests — including five where he switched the party primary from Democrat to Republican, but told investigators he was “just joking.” The cops were not amused.
In this case, the rarely-forking West Virginia family tree worked to investigators’ advantage, as a a clerk saw the ballot requests come in and knew right away that some of the people weren’t Republicans, even though their forms had been changed to reflect that they’d requested Republican ballots. One of the voters in question immediately suspected the mailman and was proved correct soon thereafter.
This story will likely be used by proponents of mail-in voting to argue that fraud is just as much if not more of an issue among Republicans than Democrats. While it’s true that the problem is not exclusive to the Democrat party (few are), there is no good reason to believe that mail-in fraud would favor Republicans in any way.
The United States Postal Service (USPS), which is broke and relying upon Democrats to dump a load of taxpayer money from the sky, has an estimated 500,000 full-time employees, almost all of whom are members of a union. There are seven different unions that represent USPS employees in total. And you guessed it, they all support the Democrat party.
The two largest unions are the AFL-CIO-affiliated National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), which has 270,000 members (including both current and retired USPS employees), and the APWU, also AFL-CIO-affiliated, which represents 200,000 current and retired USPS employees. This past election, they threw their support behind Crazy Bernie Sanders, who routinely floated abjectly stupid ideas such as putting bank tellers in post offices. In 2016, they supported Crooked Hillary Clinton, surely based on her foreign policy experience.
It’s not hard to understand where I’m going with this. To exclusively use mail-in voting would be to completely rely on a single organization to facilitate the voting process. That’s a dangerous proposition when said organization has a clear vested interest in the outcome of the very election they would be relied upon to deliver. Would you write a letter to your girl crush, then depend on the guy who’s been asking her out every day for the past year to ensure it gets to her?
We were fortunate to find this particular instance of fraud. I’m not so sure we’d be so fortunate with a 100 million ballot haul. Election security must be a focus going into November.
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