Election Reform

Interview with Rep. Steve Carra

by Adam de Angeli      Posted May 30, 2021
Latest Election Reform Posts
Interview with Rep. Steve Carra
Explaining the Shortcomings of HB 4837–4840
House Resolution to "Reaffirm" State's Right to Administer Elections Is An Embarassment
Oceana County Clerk Suspends and Replaces A County Canvasser For Refusing To Certify May Election
Tennessee Passes Election Law Requiring Watermarking of Ballots
California Rejected 20% of Signatures in Recall Newsom Petition, 0.6% of Signatures in 2020 Election
Analysis of Douglas Frank's Theory
Poll: Majority of Americans Believe Cheating ‘Likely’ Shifted the Result of the 2020 Presidential Election
Mike Lindell Counter-Sues Dominion for $1.6 Billion
Analysis of Dominion's Letter To Senator Colbeck
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State Legislation

On May 30, we interviewed Representative Steve Carra, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, which was settled out of court six days before Election Day 2020 with a signed agreement with the Court of Claims that the Secretary of State would reverse her policy of allowing poll workers to abuse Covid "social distancing" guidelines to impede poll challengers.

Benson broke the agreement, and weeks later, Carra was a witness to that violation as a challenger in a recount.

We discuss his story, his background, being a state lawmaker, and his campaign to unseat Rep. Fred Upton, who voted for the second sham impeachment of President Trump.

Explaining the Shortcomings of HB 4837–4840

by Adam de Angeli      Posted May 17, 2021

Four bills are up in the Michigan House's Election Committee tomorrow: HB 4837 through 4840. They were just introduced last Thursday.

Unfortunately, these bills have some pretty major loopholes, and aren't going to accomplish what people hope they might.

We break down the issues with each of the bills in this video:

House Resolution to "Reaffirm" State's Right to Administer Elections Is An Embarassment

by Adam de Angeli      Posted May 17, 2021

Michigan House Republicans have introduced a resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 5, "to reaffirm states' rights under the United States Constitution to establish election laws" according to its title.

If only the text of the resolution even lived up to that.

Resolutions like this are typically non-binding declarations that have no legal meaning. This is why they are "resolutions" rather than bills. (The exceptions are Joint Resolutions, which propose amendments to the Michigan Constitution.)

However, a resolution can at least be an expression of the legislature's finding of fact and law, which is something a court might possibly consider.

It would be worthwhile if the text of HCR 5 read something like this:

The Constitution of the United States grants absolutely no authority to the federal government to decide the election policy of the 50 States, and the Tenth Amendment reserves that authority to the States. We conclude HR 1 is totally unconstitutional in its present form and unenforceable in Michigan should it become law.
Something like that.

But no, instead, we get this, the actual text of HCR 5:

Traditionally, and as empowered through the U.S. Constitution, states set and administer their own election policies. While there is some congressional power regarding election laws, state legislatures are the proper bodies and best suited to set laws on election matters.
Oh, Michigan controls its election by "tradition"? What is this unspecified "some" power, do tell?

The federal government has found excuses to infringe on states' rights to regulate their elections, and these should be vigorously challenged and never accepted.

But no, HCR 5 can only stammer that "any election reform efforts should be left to the states."

Oceana County Clerk Suspends and Replaces A County Canvasser For Refusing To Certify May Election

by Adam de Angeli      Posted May 11, 2021

The clerk is also asking the County Board of Commissioners to permanently fire the canvasser for refusing to certify the election.

Is this legal? Here's my humble opinion:

Tennessee Passes Election Law Requiring Watermarking of Ballots

by Adam de Angeli      Posted April 30, 2021

Reported by Main Street Nashville, although they get the bill number wrong (it's Senate Bill 1315):

The Tennessee legislature nearly unanimously approved a bill that requires the addition of a watermark on all absentee ballots.

The Tennessee Election Integrity Act would have little impact financially on local election commissions, according to the bill’s fiscal note.

Senate Bill 1314 passed the Senate, 27-0, on Monday, and the House adopted the Senate version of the bill Tuesday, 92-1. The bill will now head to Gov. Bill Lee to sign.

“Democrats are for secure elections,” Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, said Tuesday while praising the bill. “Don’t get it twisted.”

Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, said there are five vendors in the state that provide the paper for absentee ballots and all are able to put the watermarks on the ballot.

After some debate on the cost of previously purchased paper without the watermarks, Griffey said the estimated cost would be $105 per election commission.
Read the bill here.

California Rejected 20% of Signatures in Recall Newsom Petition, 0.6% of Signatures in 2020 Election

by Adam de Angeli      Posted April 28, 2021

Noted by Joel Pollak at Breitbart.

This is why a uniform signature check policy and conducting signature checks in public meetings subject to public participation is essential.

The recall campaign still collected enough signatures, more than the 1,495,709 required.

Michigan law requires over 1 million valid signatures to recall Gretchen Whitmer, although Michigan has only a quarter the population of California.

Analysis of Douglas Frank's Theory

by Adam de Angeli      Posted April 26, 2021

Douglas Frank has an amazing theory. According to him, the voter turnout by voters' age in every county in Michigan is almost the same. He says the turnout curve is a sixth-order polynomial, a "key," and that it "demonstrates the activity of a regulating algorithm."

Frank's theory was used prominently in the latest filing in the Antrim County lawsuit, and Frank himself appears prominently in Mike Lindell's new movie, "Absolute Interference."

How would such a regulating algorithm work? Frank never says.

That's because there is no possible way it could work.

Frank seems to suggest it must be the Dominion machines behind the manipulation of turnout. But Dominion doesn't count turnout. No tabulating machine does.

When you show up to vote at the polls, you fill out an application to vote, and the poll book inspector checks you in and issues you a ballot. The ballot number assigned to each voter is recorded in the poll book.

When you vote by absentee ballot, your local clerk issues you a ballot and the ballot number is recorded in the poll book. When you return the ballot, the clerk receives your ballot and marks the ballot as having been received.

The tabulator machine records how you vote, but that you vote is recorded entirely by humans.

The only alternative, because machines do not count turnout, is that somehow, humans forged ballots in every county to make these numbers work.

However, this conspiracy would involve more than just the clerks of all 83 counties in Michigan. It would require poll workers and absent voter counting board officials, dozens of people in every county, to make this possible.

But why? Why would any hacker or conspiracy of election officials see to it that a perfect number of ballots were created according to a voter's age? The age of any given voter is completely irrevelant.

Think about it! If turnout by age naturally varies by some random amount, an algorithm would have to counter that variation in order for there to be near-identical turnout curves from one county to the next.

The theory makes no sense. Compared to the ordinary explanation – that turnout across voters' age wouldn't vary much from one county to the next – the theory requires an unbelievable amount of logistics and personnel, all to achieve something totally irrelevant to the desired result.

And it would absolutely impossible to do, because they would have no way of knowing who would actually turn out to vote on election day, as about 40% of Michigan voters did.

Maybe this is why Doug Frank never actually disclosed the polynomial equation he claims is the "key" to predicting the number of ballots by each age of registered voter. Nobody can double-check his findings.

Why do I bring this up? Because facts matter, and disinformation is damaging.

Theories like this give the left-wing mass media ammunition to use against us. It exposes us to attack and ridicule.

At Rescue Michigan, because we organize for election reform and our statements may be repeated by supporters, we have an ethical obligation to be rigorous in our facts and analysis. That's why we stick to the facts we can prove – that the Secretary of State illegally removed meaningful signature checks, and that poll challengers in Detroit were illegally obstructed, for example – and not repeat claims that fall apart under scrutiny, as much as our supporters might want to believe it.

And this is a standard that all leaders should aspire to.

Poll: Majority of Americans Believe Cheating ‘Likely’ Shifted the Result of the 2020 Presidential Election

by Shane Trejo      Posted April 22, 2021

Read More at BigLeaguePolitics.com

'A recent poll released by Rasmussen indicates that 51 percent of Americans understand that major election fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

The poll released last week has shown that 51 percent of Americans believe that cheating “likely” influenced the results of the 2020 presidential election, with a stunning 35 percent of Americans believing it was “very likely” that cheating influenced the election results.

Other results from the poll showed the extent to which the Democrats are detached from reality.

Mike Lindell Counter-Sues Dominion for $1.6 Billion

by Adam de Angeli      Posted April 19, 2021

And Alan Dershowitz will represent him:

Dershowitz explained why Dominion is guilty of violating the First Amendment Rights of Mike Lindell as well as the rights of the media to report the news: “We’re gonna sue you and put you out of business, and we’re not even going to let you see our source codes so you can see what we’re suing you about.”

Dershowitz blasted Dominion for refusing to share its source code. “It’s as if My Pillow ere accused of having some secret poison in its formula, and you couldn’t tell it by just looking at the pillow, and then somehow My Pillow said, we’re not going to give your our formula, we’re going to hide it from you. That’s what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to hide what they’re doing—at the same time that they’re trying to prevent you from entering the marketplace of ideas. They’re in the marketplace of ideas. They’re not only in the marketplace of ideas; they’re in the economic marketplace too. They’re to shut you out of being able to sell your products in stores. They’re trying to silence you, and they’re doing it as the government of the United States. That’s why I’m in this case.

“Dominion is the government for purposes of the lawsuit,” Dershowitz said, as he explained that the government was using Dominion machines to tabulate our votes. Mike told his audience, “This could be one of the most important First Amendment cases in the history of the United States.”

Analysis of Dominion's Letter To Senator Colbeck

by Adam de Angeli      Posted April 6, 2021

It is fair to say the active Trump supporters were shaken by the letter Dominion sent to former Michigan Senator Pat Colbeck, which was reported nationwide yesterday, April 5.

As was intended. This was no ordinary "litigation hold" letter. This was a public political statement, delivered to an all-to-eager mass media, to achieve a political purpose.

For those who may not know, a litigation hold letter usually consists of a demand that the recipient maintain all records relating to a lawsuit that the letter implies is coming. Every lawyer reading the Dominion letter will interpret it to mean: "He's getting sued."

But this letter said a lot more. And much of what it said was highly suspicious.

The Law

To put this in context, let's start with Sidney Powell's answer to Dominion's lawsuit against her, and the media's false and misleading reporting about it.

As Stephen Presser meticulously showed in his spot-on analysis, "The ‘Pathetic’ Genesis of a Fake News Story," the media took advantage of the fact the general public doesn't know about litigation privilege, to spin a misinterpretation of Sidney Powell's legal defense.

Her lawyers [were] simply making a highly technical legal argument that at the time Powell made the statements in question they could only be matters of opinion, and the statement of an opinion is not a statement of fact and therefore could not be grounds for a defamation action.
USA Today's neocon columnist Mona Charen titled her take: "Sidney Powell admits it was all a lie."

Her writing was the lie, not Powell's.

Yet it was the typical take of the major media on the story: An either intentionally dishonest, or irresponsibly ignorant misinterpretion of Sidney Powell's entirely sensible response to Dominion's $1.3 billion lawsuit against her.

There are two things to notice here:

First: That the major media intentionally or irresponsibly spreads gigantic lies across the American public.

Second: That what Sidney Powell asserts in her defense is "litigation privilege" – and yet, with astounding hypocrisy, "litigation privilege" is exactly what Dominion employs in their "litigation hold" letter to Senator Colbeck.

"Litigation privilege" is a protection for lawyers that allows them to say almost anything they want in legal proceedings, even what could be considered libel if made in other settings, because without that protection, lawyers could not effectively represent their clients. There is a widely recognized right to "zealous" advocacy for clients, and that extends to court proceedings. Courts don't want lawyers to be afraid to advance their clients' evidence and arguments. For better or worse, that is the idea.

And that is what Dominion exploited in their litigation hold letter to Senator Colbeck.

Dominion didn't just demand Colbeck retain records. Knowing the letter would be circulated nationwide by a supportive left-wing media establishment, Dominion publicly hurled every allegation at Colbeck they could conceive, using the letter to create a media spin-cycle where their bald accusations could be reported as fact, which could then cited in future statements as what "was reported."

Notably, Dominion claimed five times, without evidence, that Colbeck had raised more than a million dollars for his company by "sowing discord in our democracy."

And how they constructed this allegation, made five times, is remarkable.

In the first three out of five times Dominion claimed Senator Colbeck had raised more than a million dollars, they said he "solicited" the money:

"You are knowingly sowing discord in our democracy, all the while soliciting exorbitant amounts of money — totaling over $1 million so far — from your audiences paid directly to your personal business."

"[You are engaging in] spreading false and baseless claims about voter and ballot fraud in order to sow discord in the 2020 election and, in your case, to solicit over $1 million in "donations" from your audiences."

"You have been lying to your audiences throughout your disinformation campaign across Michigan in order to solicit over $1 million in "donations" to your personal business."
Read these carefully. In none of them do they allege that Colbeck actually raised $1 million – only that he "solicited" it.

But then, the fourth time they bring it up (a standard lawyer's play to repeat what they want to imprint), Dominion says: "what we do know is that you are raising exorbitant amounts of money — reportedly more than $1 million to date."

Here, for the first time, it is claimed the $1 million was "reportedly" raised.

In a letter with 37 footnotes, not one identifies where this figure was reported, and this author was unable to find any corroboration for the alleged sum's reportedness.

On the final page of the letter, it makes the claim a fifth time, and in doing so, leaves no doubt that the authors allege Senator Colbeck received $1 million in donations:

"We have reason to believe you are not disclosing to those you have duped into giving you money that once received, you can do anything you want with their over $1 million in "donations."

Dominion's unsupported allegation serves two purposes: First, to alienate Senator Colbeck from donors, with the unsupported (but protected by litigation privilege) claim that he raised $1 million in donations, which they suggest was for his personal enrichment, and second, to defame him to the general public.

It is the rankest of hypocrisies.

But it is important to keep in mind: Because the letter was also a political statement as well as a litigation hold letter, making the political statement may have been the primary purpose.

Beyond the obvious political statement was a subtext. Dominion has sued national figures like mayor Rudolph Giuliani and FOX News, but this would be the first lawsuit against a state-level figure.

The subtext is: "We're coming after as many as we can."

The letter was a political play, through and through.

It even has the audacity to speculate that Colbeck may run for governor of Michigan in 2022, projecting Dominion's own intention to interfere in politics.

But that also means we must re-examine the assumption that it foretells a lawsuit against Senator Colbeck.

To begin with, Dominion's case would have obvious problems.

The first is that as a public figure, Dominion would have to show what is called "actual malice" on Colbeck's part: That Colbeck made statements "with knowledge that they were false or with reckless disregard of whether they were false or not."

This is not an easy standard to prove. The obvious problem is that Colbeck would have no reason to have malice for Dominion unless he genuinely believed his statements. There is no evidence that he does not.

The second issue is Dominion will not be able to link any actual damages to Colbeck's statements. Not only because thousands of other people have made similar statements, including Dominion's other lawsuit targets -- and not only because everything Dominion attributes to Colbeck has been made elsewhere by others -- but because Dominion, by intentionally placing their letter in national media, did more to spread Colbeck's statements than Colbeck himself.

Dominion could claim defamation per se, but that doesn't explain what they expect to gain from filing suit. This type of litigation tends to be very expensive for both sides, and the only side that benefits are lawyers.

Thus, it is possible, if not likely, that the letter was solely intended as a media hit, and not a signal that actual litigation is pending.

If a suit is filed, however, it's unlikely that it will lead to some great reckoning about the truth of the matter regarding Dominion's voting machines.

Colbeck's legal strategy would be the same as Powell's, which is the same as any smart defendant's in a defamation claim: seek a pre-trial dismissal on matters of law, e.g. the question of actual malice.

It's the only way to end a lawsuit without paying exorbitant legal fees fighting at trial -- that or settling out of court.

Perhaps Mike Lindell has the financial resources to argue the facts in court, but it's unlikely others do.

The Facts

All of this legal analysis about Dominion's political chess game is silent on the issue of whether the allegations about Dominion are true or false, so let's address that briefly.

Dominion wouldn't be in this mess if the election law in Michigan and elsewhere gave the public strong, clear reasons to trust the tabulating machines were accurately reporting the results on the paper ballots.

This is a policy failure. It is a failure that:

-Machines are at any point permitted to connect to the Internet.
-The recount process is highly limited.
-The recount mechanism can be thwarted by election worker "error."
-The document preservation laws fail to give the process enough time to determine facts.
-Other problems with election law contribute to the public's lack of confidence in the process as a whole.

The policy failures are the root of this issue, and correcting the policy is the only effective long-term solution for problems like these.

At Rescue Michigan, we are committed to and focused on correcting the underlying policy failures.

That is the most important thing we can do to restore integrity in our elections.

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