Thursday, September 03, 2020

Question for AG Barr: "Do You Think This Is A Way To Run A Government?"

“Let me talk!” he shouted. “Please. And since that time, there have been in the newspapers, in networks, academic studies saying it is open to fraud and coercion. The only time the narrative changed is after this administration came in. but elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion. For example, we indicted someone in Texas, 1,700 ballots collected from people who could vote. He made them out and voted for the person replaced the same address with several generations of occupants. Do you think that’s a way to run a vote?”

Well, again, the anti-vote fraud system worked, if that incident is a true one.  But is it?  I googled "Texas vote fraud 1700 ballots, and this is what I got:

Report on Hill County Election Irregularities Released

Last month, Direct Action Texas discovered that the number of reported votes in the Hill County Republican Primary exceeded by more than 1700 the number of voters the county reported had shown up at the polls.

ES&S, which supplies electronic voting machines and other election services to Hill County, was asked by the county to investigate the error. ES&S found that early voting ballot cast totals were incorrect by the same amount as the number of absentee ballots cast, and Election Day ballot cast totals were incorrect by the same number of paper ballots that were voted during early voting.

These errors occurred because a hard drive had not been properly cleared of all ballots before early voting and Election Day ballots were scanned into the machine and tabulated. This caused absentee numbers to be incorrectly added into early voting, and early voting numbers to be incorrectly added into election day totals. In other words, absentee ballots and some early voting ballots were double or triple counted.

In other words, 1700 improperly reported ballots because of a software error.  Pretty much the kind of thing people have been worried about with computer voting.  And it was in a GOP primary, in one county.  In 2016.

Texas Prosecuted 15 Illegal Voting Cases, None Involving Impersonation

Also 2016; reported four days later than the quoted article.  The title there tells you all you need to know.  Finally, in 2019:

"Someone did not do their due diligence": How an attempt to review Texas' voter rolls turned into a debacle

Yeah, no 1700 ballots worth of voter fraud there, either.

I can't find anything to support Barr's outlandish claim.  I just tried again, and the only new thing is an article about this interview.  I'm happy to amend this post if someone finds the case and it is as Barr says it is.

But I'm not holding my breath waiting for  anyone to find it.  I think Barr got it from his research assistant, Professor Otto Yerass.

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