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    Drew Angerer/Getty Former President Donald Trump seemingly accidentally called anyone who thinks there was widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election “either very stupid, or very corrupt.” In an unfortunate use of a double negative, Trump wrote in a statement on Saturday, “Anybody that doesn’t think there wasn’t massive Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election is either very stupid, or very corrupt!” The “doesn’t” and “wasn’t” effectively cancel each other out, leaving a statement that the former president almost certainly did not mean to share — given his continued claims of widespread voter fraud. Claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election are inaccurate. The Washington Post noted that while certain instances of voter fraud occurred, the occurrences were minimal enough that they did not affect the outcome of the election. Former Attorney General Bill Barr similarly said last December that U.S. attorneys and FBI could not find evidence of widespread fraud that would have affected the outcome. It’s not the first time Trump has been called out for using a double negative. The Guardian, for instance, ran a playful...
              more   Patrick Witt, a Republican running for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, this week said certain members of the GOP should blame themselves for what occurred in the state on November 3, 2020. Witt, according to his Twitter profile, was a member of former President Donald Trump’s post-election legal team. He also served as a senior official in the Trump administration. “We really have to look back over the last two decades at the disastrous decisions made by Georgia Republicans which led us up to that point. In 2005, shortly after Republicans had taken control of the state house, the state senate, and the governor’s mansion — for the first time in our state’s history — one of the first measures that they passed was a bill allowing for no-excuse absentee balloting without having to show your voter ID,” Witt said in a video he uploaded Monday to his Twitter account. “That’s right. Georgia Republicans in both chambers, including then-State Senator Brian Kemp, thought that it would be a good idea to enshrine into law a bill that allowed any voter...
    Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday blessed former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik's decision to play ball with the January 6 committee, claiming Kerik comes armed with a 'massive trove of evidence of voter fraud' 'Bernie wants to comply with the subpoena with a public hearing, and asked me to waive attorney-client privilege so Bernie can testify and provide documents, which I grant him,' Trump said in a statement. 'The Unselect Committee will not like what they asked for!'  Kerik was among six witnesses the select committee subpoenaed on November 8, which also included longtime Trump spokesman Jason Miller, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, ex- National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, campaign official Angela McCallum and lawyer John Eastman.  Former President Donald Trump (left) on Wednesday blessed former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik's (right) decision to play ball with the January 6 committee, claiming Kerik comes armed with a 'massive trove of evidence of voter fraud' Politico reported Tuesday that Kerik's attorney had informed the committee that his client planned to comply with the subpoena.   'The Unselect...
    When Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas appeared on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, November 21, it was obvious that he wasn't going to get the type of softball interview he typically expects from Fox News' Sean Hannity. "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan wasn't shy about asking Cruz tough questions, and she called him out for continuing to promote the widely debunked lie that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump because of widespread voter fraud. Cruz, during his years in the U.S. Senate, has done some dramatic flip flopping where Trump is concerned. When he was competing with Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, Cruz slammed Trump as a total disgrace and an embarrassment to the GOP — only to turn around and become an obsequious Trump sycophant after he won the election and entered the White House. And during a joint session of Congress on January 6, Cruz sided with the Capitol rioters when he voted against certifying Biden's Electoral College victory. WATCH: @margbrennan presses @SenTedCruz on his...
    Washington (CNN)The mysterious case of Rosemarie Hartle's vote in the last presidential election, three years after her death, was trumpeted in November 2020 by the Nevada Republican Party and various prominent conservatives. From then-President Donald Trump on down, Republicans used stories about phony votes cast under the names of dead people as key evidence for their claim that Joe Biden's victory was marred by major fraud. The Hartle mystery is now solved. And it turns out that the fraud was committed by a Republican.Hartle was married to Las Vegas businessman Donald Kirk Hartle, a registered Republican. In November 2020, Hartle told Las Vegas television station 8 News Now (KLAS-TV) that he felt "disbelief" when he found out that a mail-in ballot was submitted in his late wife's name. It was "pretty sickening," he said at the time, adding that he didn't know how it could've happened. But Hartle had actually cast the phony ballot himself. On Tuesday, Hartle pleaded guilty to the crime of voting more than once in the same election. The judge, 8 News Now reported, said Hartle...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man’s admission that he voted twice in November 2020 in a case that state Republicans seized on to claim voter irregularities amounted to “a cheap political stunt” that backfired, a state court judge said Tuesday. Donald “Kirk” Hartle appeared by videoconference from his defense attorney’s office to plead guilty to a misdemeanor — voting more than once in the same election — and told Clark County District Court Judge Carli Kierny he accepted full responsibility for his actions and regrets them. Hartle’s attorney, David Chesnoff, prevented his client from having to describe publicly how he voted early using a ballot that had been mailed to his dead wife. Rosemarie Hartle died in 2017 but her name remained on the voter rolls. Chesnoff told the judge that state Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office agreed to reduce two felony charges against Hartle to the misdemeanor. Kierny made it clear she was unhappy with the deal but accepted it. Hartle was fined $2,000 and has to stay out of trouble for one year. The judge set...
    Later in December, Barr announced that substantial enough evidence of voter fraud had been found to overturn the official results of the election. "To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr said at the time. Barr specifically addressed one conspiracy theory that certain voting machines had been programmed to change the results of voter ballots in order to favor Biden. "There's been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven't seen anything to substantiate that," Barr said at the time. Here's Karl talking about his new book: Jon Karl talks new book, 'Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show' l GMA www.youtube.com
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas business executive whose claim of voter fraud was featured by state Republicans in November 2020 as proof of tainted votes has agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of voting more than once in the same election. Donald “Kirk” Hartle is expected to pay a $2,000 fine and receive the equivalent of one year of probation when he’s sentenced, according to a plea agreement filed Monday ahead of his scheduled plea on Tuesday in state court in Las Vegas. Hartle, 55, had faced two felony charges in a criminal complaint alleging that he used his dead wife’s ballot. Hartle’s wife, Rosemarie Hartle, died in 2017 at age 52. Hartle’s attorney, David Chesnoff, on Monday called the plea deal fair and said Hartle accepted responsibility for his actions. Through a spokesman, state Attorney General Aaron Ford declined immediate comment. The state Republican Party featured Hartle’s account as an example of widespread voter fraud in Nevada, where now-President Joe Biden, a Democrat, defeated then-President Donald Trump by 33,596 of 1.4 million votes cast, or...
    Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo reportedly called former Attorney General Bill Barr “screaming” about voter fraud, a new book by ABC’s Jonathan Karl alleges. CNN reported that in Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, which comes out on Tuesday, Barr told Karl that the Fox News anchor called him shortly after the 2020 election “and she was screaming.” “I yelled back at her,” Barr continued. “She’s lost it.” Allegations of widespread voter fraud are baseless, and later audits — including a GOP review in Arizona — have found no evidence that the election was stolen. Barr has rejected former President Donald Trump‘s voter fraud claims, and told Karl the rhetoric was “all bullshit.” More from “Betrayal” Maria Bartiromo called Attorney General Bill Barr shortly after the election demanding he stop Democrats from “stealing” the election "She called me up and she was screaming," Barr told me. "I yelled back at her. Shes lost it." https://t.co/IN6FRs1bwu — Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) November 15, 2021 Karl he reached out to Bartiromo for comment, because, “after all, it’s...
    (CNN Business)Former attorney general Bill Barr says Fox News host Maria Bartiromo called him up "screaming" about imaginary voter fraud, according to his account in a new book."Betrayal," by ABC's chief Washington correspondent Jon Karl, highlights Bartiromo's damaging role as a promoter of reckless lies about the election.In the book, which comes out on Tuesday, Karl writes that "Bartiromo had once been a widely respected and trailblazing financial journalist. As a correspondent for CNBC, she was the first television reporter to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Now she had her own show on Fox News and she was using it to boost a series of unfounded allegations designed to overturn a presidential election."As president, Donald Trump frequently praised Bartiromo and granted her interviews. Karl, a co-anchor of ABC's Sunday morning program "This Week," suggests in the book that the TV segments on Bartiromo's Sunday morning program influenced Trump's anti-democratic crusade.On Sunday, November 8, 2020, for example, one day after Fox and all the major networks said Joe Biden was president-elect, Bartiromo "used her Sunday...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has unveiled a propospal to develop a statewide law enforcement agency to investigate election-related crimes. On Wednesday, November 3, the Republican governor held a news conference where he discussed election integrity as he echoed many of former President Donald Trump's claims about voter fraud — despite having no actual evidence to reference. DeSantis, who is preparing for his re-election campaign next year, released a statement detailing the purpose of his proposed legislation. "We are excited to say that next legislative session we are proposing another package of election integrity reforms that will make Florida the number one state for elections," DeSantis said. "I am excited that with this legislation, our state will be able to enforce election violations, combat voter fraud and make sure violators are held accountable. If potential violators know they will be held accountable, they will be much less likely to engage in improper conduct in the first place." According to DeSantis' his latest piece of legislation will: Establish an Office of Election Crimes and Security within the Department...
    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist snarked as they observed a drop in Republicans howling about alleged voter fraud after the successes the GOP got out of Tuesday’s elections. Brzezinski led Morning Joe on Thursday as the show geared up to discuss the implications of Glenn Youngkin’s (R) gubernatorial victory in Virginia, plus the other gains and close contests. During her intro, Brzezinski found it “really weird” that Republicans don’t seem as worried about alleged election fraud as they used to be. “I don’t get it,” she said. “After hearing from Republicans about widespread voter fraud and this sort of existential crisis of rigged elections, do you remember all that? Oh my gosh, our country was braced for, you know, for horrible futures because of this, but apparently [Democrats] forgot how to play dirty in Tuesday’s elections.” Brzezinski summed up by turning to Geist and remarking that Republicans “are suddenly silent about the issue of voter fraud this time.” “Eerie silence for the last couple of days from people so deeply and so sincerely concerned about election integrity,” Geist agreed....
    Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump took credit for Glenn Youngkin’s (R) win in Virginias’s gubernatorial race mere moments after hinting at possible voter fraud in the state. Youngkin defeated Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday night. Early in the evening, election officials in Fairfax County reported that they would need to rescan 20,000 ballots due to a tech issue. Trump issued a statement suggesting chicanery might be afoot while also saying “MAGA voters” seemed to be turning out for the Republican. “Early indications are that MAGA voters are turning out big for Glenn Youngkin, let’s see what happens,” it read. “All eyes are on Fairfax, why the delay?’ Ultimately, it didn’t matter because soon after, the race was called for Youngkin. Trump issued another statement in which he essentially took credit for the victory. “I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin,” said Trump. “Without you, he would not have been close to winning. The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before. Glenn will be a...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have toughened in-person voter identification rules and required people to include additional information, such as their driver’s license number on absentee ballot applications. Whitmer said the bills would disproportionately hurt minority voters who are more likely to lack access to a photo ID on Election Day than white voters. READ MORE: Michigan Voters Urged To Hand-Deliver Absentee Ballots “Voting restrictions that produce such a racially disparate impact must never become law in this state,” she wrote to lawmakers. A GOP-affiliated ballot committee is circulating petitions that would enable the Republican-controlled Legislature to still enact a similar initiative next year regardless of Whitmer’s opposition. The legislation also would have prohibited the Secretary of State and clerks from mailing absentee ballot applications unless voters request them and banned private donations to help administer elections. READ MORE: ‘Lack Of Campaigning’ One Reason Winfrey Predicts Low Voter Turnout For Tuesday’s General Election In Michigan, voters who go to a polling place without a photo ID can cast a regular...
    Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images. The Bulwark and The New Republic published a joint letter on Wednesday urging all Americans to defend their democracy against the Republican Party and its “Trumpist authoritarianism.” However, in that effort, the Democratic Party (and the Never Trump movement) are now simultaneously working to subvert American democracy. The letter stated: Unimpeded by [Donald] Trump’s defeat in 2020 and unfazed by the January 6 insurrection, Trump and his supporters actively work to exploit anxieties and prejudices, to promote reckless hostility to the truth and to Americans who disagree with them, and to discredit the very practice of free and fair elections in which winners and losers respect the peaceful transfer of power. The letter, which was cosigned by dozens of journalists, writers, and academics ranging from Max Boot to Noam Chomsky, also said, “We vigorously oppose ongoing GOP efforts to change state election laws … to empower state legislatures to interfere with the certification of election results… and we oppose the unending promotion of unprofessional and phony ‘election audits.’” Before ending with a call for “for citizens of all...
                        According to Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, an intensive investigation found that a nursing home in the county was the epicenter of voter fraud. “Election statute was in fact not just broken, but shattered by members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission,” Schmaling reportedly said. The daughter of a former resident at the Ridgewood Care Facility, only identified as Judy, tipped law enforcement off to possibly illegal activity at the nursing home. Judy said that her mother, who was suffering from severe cognitive decline, died in October of 2020. Still, Judy managed to cast an absentee ballot in the November election. Racine County Sgt. Michael Leull led the investigation, and gave the stunning details of Judy’s complaint during a press conference Thursday, wherein he claimed that employees of the nursing facility voted on behalf of Judy’s mother. He said: This case starts with a very brave woman named Judy. She had a mother who was a resident at the Ridgewood Care Facility, and unfortunately, her mother passed on Oct....
    (CNN)Former Justice Department official Jeffery Clark, who is scheduled to testify on Friday before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, has parted ways with his attorney Robert Driscoll, according to a person familiar with his representation.It is not clear who is representing Clark now in his dealing with the committee or if that will impact his highly anticipated appearance, though it does raise questions about whether he will show up as scheduled.Senate Judiciary Committee issues sweeping report detailing how Trump and a top DOJ lawyer attempted to overturn 2020 electionClark was one of the prime officials within the Justice Department pushing to pursue unfounded claims of voter fraud in the weeks after the November election. His attempts were rebuffed by acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen and his deputy Richard Donoghue. Both Rosen and Donoghue have cooperated with the committee. The news of Clark's counsel change was first reported by Politico. Read MoreClark's long-pursued testimony could help House investigators fill in the blanks about then-President Donald Trump's own thinking -- and potentially point them to other key players...
    Former President Donald Trump wrote a letter to the editor to The Wall Street Journal to complain that a newspaper editorial didn't say the 2020 presidential election was 'rigged.'  In a letter published by The Journal on Wednesday, Trump took offense that a WSJ editorial backing Pennsylvania Republican state Supreme Court nominee Judge Kevin Brobson said that now President Joe Biden 'won the state by 80,555.' 'Well actually, the election was rigged, which you, unfortunately, still haven't figured out,' Trump told The Journal.  Former President Donald Trump wrote a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, which the newspaper published Wednesday, complaining that the outlet didn't agree with him that the presidential election was 'rigged'  The ex-president laid out a number of conspiracy theories that are part of the so-called 'big lie' including that the Keystone State processed '10,515 mail-in votes from people who do not exist on the Pennsylvania voter rolls at all.'   Trump also accused his Attorney General BIll Barr of pressuring U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain not to investigate election irregularities.   'And so much more! This is why...
    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Trump backer who offered a minimum of $25,000 to anyone who could find evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election, has finally paid out his first bounty – to a progressive who found evidence of Republican foul play. The unlikely recipient, Eric Frank, a poll worker from Chester County, Pennsylvania, is set to collect the $25,000 minimum, according to The Dallas Morning News. Frank reportedly caught sight of 72-year-old Republican voter Ralph Thurman attempting to vote twice – once for himself and once for his son, a registered Democrat. Thurman pleaded guilty last month to repeat voting. He was sentenced to three years probation and is now prohibited from voting for the next four years, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Back in November of last year, during the aftermath of Donald Trump's election loss, Patrick announced that he would be offering up to $1 million "to incentivize, encourage and reward people to come forward and report voter fraud." The Republican specifically promised that reports leading to convictions would earn at least...
    (CNN)At a rally over the weekend, former Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe did something his party has repeatedly bashed Donald Trump and Republicans for doing: He suggested a past election had been unfairly decided because of ballot shenanigans.With 2018 Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams by his side, McAuliffe said this:"She would be the governor of Georgia today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters before the election. That's what happened to Stacey Abrams. They took the votes away."Which is not, in fact, what happened. Let's go back and revisit what we know about that 2018 race.Read MoreAt the heart of the controversy surrounding it was the fact that Brian Kemp refused to resign as secretary of state -- who oversees Georgia's elections -- while he was an active candidate for governor. Kemp repeatedly refused to do so. "While outside agitators disparage this office and falsely attack us, we have kept our head down and remained focused on ensuring secure, accessible, and fair elections for all voters," he said in a statement in October 2018.Democrats also noted...
    MADISON, Wis. -- A highly anticipated nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin released Friday did not identify any widespread fraud in the battleground state, which a key Republican legislative leader said shows its elections are "safe and secure."The report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau did make dozens of recommendations on how the state might improve its elections. It also determined that dozens of voting machines it reviewed worked correctly. Some conservatives have called for reviews of all voting machines."Despite concerns with statewide elections procedures, this audit showed us that the election was largely safe and secure," tweeted Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles, who co-chairs the Legislature's Audit Committee, which assigned the audit bureau to conduct the review. "It's my hope that we can now look at election law changes & agency accountability measures in a bipartisan manner based on these nonpartisan recommendations."The audit didn't offer any evidence that the election won by President Joe Biden was "stolen" from Donald Trump, as Trump and some fellow conservatives have falsely claimed. Biden's roughly 21,000-vote win over Trump in...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They’re not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the governor’s office, the legislature or both — California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — are pursuing statewide ballot initiatives or veto-proof proposals to enact voter ID restrictions and other changes to election law. READ MORE: Rep. Mike Kelly Facing Scrutiny Over Stocks Purchases By The Congressman And His WifeIn another state, Nebraska, Republicans control the governor’s office and have a majority in the single-house legislature, but are pushing a voter ID ballot measure because they have been unable to get enough lawmakers on board. Republicans say they are pursuing the changes in the name of “election integrity,” and repeat similar slogans — “easier to vote, harder to cheat.” Democrats dismiss it as the GOP following former President Donald Trump’s false claims that widespread fraud cost him the election. They say Republicans have tried to whip up distrust in elections for...
    The Nevada attorney general has filed two counts of voter fraud against a Las Vegas man who allegedly voted twice in the 2020 general election – including once in his late wife's name.  Donald Kirk Hartle, 55, a registered Republican, stands accused of voting with another person’s name and voting more than once in the same election – both of which are felonies. Both charges carry a possible prison term of up to four years, as well as a fine of $5,000.  VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS SUE USPS OVER BACKLOG OF ELECTION-RELATED MAIL Hartle had previously reported his wife's ballot as missing, but in reality he had returned it himself, the attorney general said. His wife died in 2017 but remained on the voter rolls. The returned ballot carried a signature that matched the one on record. Hartle’s case had stood as a prime example of voter fraud in the state.  MICHIGAN OFFICIALS CHARGE 3 WOMEN WITH ATTEMPTED VOTER FRAUD IN 2020 ELECTION "Kirk was surprised to find his late wife Rosemarie, a Republican, cast a ballot in this year's election despite having...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They’re not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the governor’s office, the legislature or both — California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Pennsylvania — are pursuing statewide ballot initiatives or veto-proof proposals to enact voter ID restrictions and other changes to election law. In another state, Nebraska, Republicans control the governor’s office and have a majority in the single-house legislature, but are pushing a voter ID ballot measure because they have been unable to get enough lawmakers on board. Republicans say they are pursuing the changes in the name of “election integrity,” and repeat similar slogans — “easier to vote, harder to cheat.” Democrats dismiss it as the GOP following former President Donald Trump’s false claims that widespread fraud cost him the election. They say Republicans have tried to whip up distrust in elections for political gain and are passing restrictions designed to keep Democratic-leaning voters from registering or...
    By Kelly Mena | CNN A week after the 2020 election, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that he was offering up to $1 million — paid from his campaign account — “to incentivize, encourage and reward people to come forward and report voter fraud.” Nearly a year later, Patrick, a Republican, has paid out his first reward: $25,000 to a Democrat in Pennsylvania, who reported a man for voting twice. Eric Frank, a poll worker, received the money earlier this month for his part in reporting Ralph Holloway Thurman, a Republican who after voting once, attempted to vote a second time as his son, as first reported by the Dallas Morning News. “Of course, I never do anything for money, that’s just how I was raised. I do things because it’s just the right thing to do. And I would have reported Thurman if he was a Republican or a Democrat,” Frank told CNN by phone on Friday. Frank reported Thurman after he recognized the 72-year-old came back and attempted to vote again with a “dark baseball hat and...
    (CNN)A week after the 2020 election, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that he was offering up to $1 million -- paid from his campaign account -- "to incentivize, encourage and reward people to come forward and report voter fraud." Nearly a year later, Patrick, a Republican, has paid out his first reward: $25,000 to a Democrat in Pennsylvania, who reported a man for voting twice. Eric Frank, a poll worker, received the money earlier this month for his part in reporting Ralph Holloway Thurman, a Republican who after voting once, attempted to vote a second time as his son, as first reported by the Dallas Morning News. "Of course, I never do anything for money, that's just how I was raised. I do things because it's just the right thing to do. And I would have reported Thurman if he was a Republican or a Democrat," Frank told CNN by phone on Friday. Frank reported Thurman after he recognized the 72-year-old came back and attempted to vote again with a "dark baseball hat and Ray Ban sunglasses." Thurman pleaded...
    Donald "Kirk" Hartle was "sickened" by the alleged voter fraud authorities believe he may have committed himself. Last November, Donald “Kirk” Hartle told everyone he could that there had been a “sickening” case of voter fraud involving his wife, who passed away from breast cancer in 2017. Hartle claimed that he never received Rosemarie Hartle’s mail-in ballot at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2020 election, though she was inexplicably still on the active voter list. Rosemarie’s ballot was nonetheless somehow counted by Clark County officials, who even claimed her signature matched their records. Both Hartles are registered Republicans. Naturally, the Nevada Republican Party took up the 55-year-old's cause and even tweeted about the incident the same day that the Associated Press called Nevada for Joe Biden. They boosted his case days later, posting an interview between Hartle and Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS to their Facebook page. The secretary of state’s office believes it may have solved this mystery and filed a criminal complaint earlier this month against—you probably guessed it—Donald “Kirk” Hartle. x Facebook Content The Nevada...
    Last year, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) set a bounty of between $25,000 and $1 million for substantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. This week, he made his first payment: the minimum amount to a progressive Pennsylvania poll worker who caught a Republican voting twice. Poll worker Eric Frank told The Dallas Morning News he was informed he was only getting $25,000 from Patrick's campaign because the larger awards were being reserved for "bigger fish." "Was he looking for a celebrity or a political group as a whole?" Frank asked. "I don't know what he meant by bigger fish." Patrick first made his offer last November, amid then-President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. “I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is disqualified,” he said in a statement at the...
    A Nevada man is facing criminal charges for casting his dead wife’s ballot during the 2020 presidential election. Donald Kirk Hartle is charged with two felony voter fraud crimes for voting twice, once in the name of his wife Rosemarie Hartle, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford (D) said in a statement. Ford said that voter fraud is rare, but “but when it happens it undercuts trust in our election system and will not be tolerated by my office.”  Hartle previously told local CBS affiliate KLAS in November that a ballot for Rosemarie Hartle had been received by Clark County officials, but that the ballot never arrived at his house. The news outlet found that the ballot was counted, and that her name appeared on the active voter list even though she died of breast cancer in 2017.  “That is pretty sickening to me to be honest with you,” Hartle told the outlet in November. “It made no sense to me, but it lent some credence to what you’ve been hearing in the media about these possibilities and now it makes...
    On Thursday night, Rachel Maddow hosted a 2020 election poll worker named Eric Frank who busted a Republican voter for voting twice, once for himself and once for his son. The voter was convicted of election fraud and as a result, Frank collected a payout of $25,000 from Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Last year, Patrick was one of the most vocal and visible purveyors of the baseless claim that the presidential election had been stolen from Donald Trump. Patrick even went so far as to reward any person who could prove an instance of voter fraud with a bounty of between $25,000 and $1 million. After Frank provided his evidence, Patrick’s campaign wrote him a check for $25,000. The campaign explained that the reward was much less than $1 million because they were hoping to catch “bigger fish.” Frank told The Dallas Morning News he wasn’t sure what was meant by that. On Thursday, Frank explained to Maddow how he busted 72-year-old Ralph Thurman at a polling station in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He said he wasn’t even supposed...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas businessman is facing criminal charges of voting twice in the November 2020 election, including with his dead wife’s ballot, Nevada state Attorney General Aaron Ford announced Thursday. Donald “Kirk” Hartle, 55, faces two felony charges in a criminal complaint filed Oct. 6 and made public Thursday, three days after Hartle’s initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court, according to court records. He is due again in court Nov. 18. “Mr. Hartle looks forward to responding to the allegations,” his attorney, David Chesnoff, said Thursday. Hartle is the only person currently being prosecuted on allegations of voter fraud in Nevada, said John Sadler, spokesman for the attorney general. The November election saw now-President Joe Biden, a Democrat, defeat Republican President Donald Trump. Biden won in Nevada by 33,596 of 1.4 million votes cast, or about 2.4%. State and federal courts in Nevada and other states rejected dozens of election challenges by Republicans and Trump’s presidential campaign, including claims of widespread voter fraud. Sadler didn’t immediately respond to a question about the timing of...
    A Nevada gubernatorial hopeful announced she is shooting for the governorship Tuesday in a flamboyant and aggressive campaign video. Michele Fiore, a Republican and "pro-Trump " member of the Las Vegas City Council, introduced her campaign platform by firing bullets at beer bottles labeled "CRT," "vaccine mandate," and "voter fraud" in the video. Each bottle was apparently meant to represent a point of her proposed "three-shot plan" to "ban vaccine mandates, ban critical race theory, and stop voter fraud." "We need outsiders, fighters, not the same old, boring, moderate, compromise, blue-blazer politicians," Fiore said before whipping out a handgun. OPIOID OVERDOSES SPIKED 55% IN NEVADA LAST YEAR, STATE SAYS Fiore touted her status as the first female Republican majority leader in the Nevada Assembly and one of the first elected officials to support former President Donald Trump in the ad, which showed her driving a pickup truck with a bumper sticker reading, "Trump 2024: Take America back." The three topics have caused deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats, as the national conversation...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The conservative Texas Republican leader who pledged bounties to those who prove fraud at the polls has paid a liberal Democratic poll watcher who reported illegal voting by a Pennsylvania Republican. Tipster Eric Frank deposited a $25,000 check from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s campaign this week, and Patrick may be on the hook for more bounties, The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday. Frank reported Ralph Thurman, a 72-year-old registered Republican, after seeing him vote twice on Election Day, once for himself and once for his son, who was a registered Democrat. Frank told The News that he would have reported anyone he saw voting illegally, regardless of party. Having come from a family of Democratic operatives, however, he said he sees the irony of the situation. “It’s my belief that they were trying to get cases of Democrats doing voter fraud. And that just wasn’t the case,” Frank said. “This kind of blew up in their face.” Patrick campaign spokesman Allen Blakemore did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Five voting fraud cases from last...
    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick paid out $25,000 to a progressive Pennsylvania poll worker who turned in a Republican man for voter fraud. One week after the 2020 presidential election was called for Joe Biden, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick put his money where his mouth was and offered a hefty bounty to voter fraud whistleblowers. The PAC Texans for Dan Patrick was willing to pay up to $1 million and a minimum of $25,000 to “anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction of voter fraud.” The Dallas Morning News reports that Patrick issued his first $25,000 check this week to a poll worker in Pennsylvania. That poll worker, Eric Frank, comes from a family of progressives. His father is an election judge and mother works for Pennsylvania Democrats as a campaign manager. Frank’s father was the person he notified when he saw that 72-year-old Ralph Thurman cast a second ballot some 45 minutes after initially voting. The Daily Local News notes that Thurman, a registered Republican, asked if he could cast a vote for his son, a registered Democrat, but was told...
    The lieutenant governor of Texas cut the check on his first bounty for voter fraud evidence to a poll worker in Pennsylvania, but it wasn't the proof he was expecting. Almost a year after Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that he would pay for evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, someone has received their payout. Patrick sent a $25,000 check to Eric Frank, a Democratic poll worker from Chester County, Pennsylvania, who reported a 72-year-old Republican for voting twice. "It's my belief that they were trying to get cases of Democrats doing voter fraud. And that just wasn't the case," Frank told the Dallas Morning News . "This kind of blew up in their face." THREE MICHIGAN WOMEN FACE VOTER FRAUD CHARGES TIED TO 2020 ELECTION Patrick announced in December 2020 that he had set aside $1 million of his campaign funds for tipsters who could turn over credible evidence of voter fraud that would lead to an arrest and conviction. Anyone who did so would receive $25,000. While several incidents...
    Although Florida is a swing state, it has become a hotbed of MAGA extremism — from Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Matt Gaetz to former President Donald Trump's operation at a Mar-a-Lago. But not everyone in Florida politics appreciates Trumpism or the Big Lie. And the bipartisan Florida Supervisors of Elections, according to Politico's Gary Fineout, are sending out a message urging political candidates to "tone down the rhetoric and stand up for our democracy." Fineout notes that "the association is made up of members of both parties, and (its) current president is a Republican: Marion County Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox." Without actually mentioning Trump by name, the Florida Supervisors of Elections stated, "During and after the 2020 Presidential Election, the integrity of our democracy has been challenged by misinformation, disinformation and malinformation that sows discord and undermines trust in America's electoral process. Many of us have been threatened by our fellow citizens who have been led astray by these deceptions." The association went on to say, "False claims of fraud do not strengthen our elections. Instead, they...
    Michigan officials charged three individuals with attempted voter fraud in relation to the 2020 general election, but have urged the public to stop spreading claims of "widespread" fraud.  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Monday charged Trenae Myesha Rainy, Carless Clark and Nancy Juanita Williams in connection with fraud. A state investigation resulted in accusations that the women purposefully filled out ballot applications and ballots incorrectly during the November 2020 general election.  Officials said the outcomes of the investigations prove Michigan’s anti-fraud measures are effective, as only one of the instances was caught after the end of voting. Less than 1% of the 5.5 million votes in Michigan have thus far been tied to election fraud.   Dana Nessel, Attorney General of Michigan, listens to a question from reporters in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Nessel and Benson said the state "won’t hesitate" to hold accountable any individual caught committing such offenses.  GEORGIA'S RAFFENSPERGER SLAMS FULTON COUNTY AFTER BALLOT APPLICATIONS SHREDDED: ‘LONG WAY TO GO’ "Our election system is secure, and today's charges...
                        Voter-fraud charges recently filed against a Philadelphia former judge of elections are spurring renewed emphasis by Pennsylvania legislators on enacting an election-integrity bill Gov. Tom Wolf (D) vetoed earlier this year. State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) introduced the initial version of his legislation in June. The measure, whose central feature was a voter-identification requirement for every election, quickly passed the House and Senate but Wolf rejected it as “voter suppression.” Since that time, the governor has sent mixed signals about whether he might support strengthened voter-ID rules, prompting Grove to reintroduce his bill.  So far, Democratic state lawmakers haven’t budged in their near-unanimous opposition to Grove’s Voting Rights Protection Act. On September 27, the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee, which Grove chairs, passed his bill but with no backing from the panel’s 10 Democrats.  Yet the new allegations against Marie Beren, until recently a staffer for Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), belie Democrats’ continuous downplaying of concerns over voter fraud. House Republicans are hoping the charges...
    Three women face voter fraud charges connected to the 2020 election in Michigan. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson shared on Monday the outcomes of investigations into three women who allegedly attempted to forge signatures on absentee ballots or ballot applications. “These cases highlight the scrutiny applications and ballots undergo throughout the election process, as well as the thorough investigative process that ensues when instances of attempted fraud are suspected,” Nessel said. JUDGE DISMISSES GEORGIA CASE ALLEGING ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTER FRAUD Only one was caught after the election, which resulted in one double vote, while the others were caught before being counted or issued, Nessel's team said. “Our election system is secure, and today’s charges demonstrate that in the rare circumstances when fraud occurs we catch it and hold the perpetrators accountable,” Benson said. “These charges also send a clear message to those who promote deceitful claims about widespread fraud : the current protocols we have in place work to protect and ensure the integrity of our elections.”...
                        Three Michigan residents have been charged with voter fraud involving absentee ballots by state officials, which follows a concerning trend over the past decade. State Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) alleges Trenae Myesha Rainey submitted two dozen absentee voter applications on behalf of an unknowing Father Murray Nursing Home resident in Macomb County. According to prosecutors, the Centerline clerk “noticed the application signatures didn’t match those in the Qualified Voter File,” WWMT reported. “Investigators determined Rainey, a faculty employee, did not contact the residents, and filled out the applications herself, forging the residents’ signatures on each one.” Cops allege Rainey also made decisions for the residents about voting by absentee ballot “without discussion.” Rainey faces three counts of election law forgery (five-year felonies), and three counts of forging a signature on absentee ballot applications (also five-year felonies) in Macomb County. Nancy Juanita Williams faces a bevy of charges after she allegedly sought over a dozen ballots for incapacitated individuals under her care. The Detroit Free Press said Williams...
    (CNN)Some Republicans worry that Donald Trump's persistent false claims of voter fraud could depress GOP voter turnout and turn off moderates and independents, potentially setting the party up for another Georgia-style disaster in the midterms. As the defeated former President jumps back into the political fray, Trump is continuing to amplify his lies about the election -- and even recently suggested that Republican voters sit out in 2022 and 2024 if the GOP doesn't do more to back up his false claims about the last election.The painful pair of losses in races for Georgia's US Senate seats earlier this year still haunt the GOP -- especially Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who saw the majority ripped away from him. After Trump inaccurately told voters in Georgia that the election was rigged, some election observers believe the former President discouraged Republicans from going out and voting. Now some in the GOP fear a repeat, according to multiple Republican lawmakers and aides."Donald Trump gave away the Senate once. It looks like he's determined to do it again," said one...
    A Georgia judge dismissed a lawsuit by Georgia voters alleging voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, finding that the plaintiffs did not suffer a particularized injury for the courts to adjudicate. On Wednesday, Georgia Superior Court Judge Brian Amero dismissed the lawsuit against individual members of the Fulton County elections board, preventing the plaintiffs from reviewing physical copies of the county’s 147,000 absentee ballots that were cast in the 2020 election. Despite the court finding Fulton County in violation of an Open Records Request and evidence showing “the scanned images of one ballot which appeared to have been counted twice” in earlier proceedings, the case was dismissed. Fulton County election workers examine ballots while vote counting, at State Farm Arena on November 5, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images) This case was not decided on the merits. Instead, Judge Amero relied on the jurisdictional standing doctrine, which requires the plaintiffs to suffer a “concrete and particularized” and “actual or imminent” injury that is connected to the causal conduct, with a likelihood that a court will redress the damage...
    Marie Beren, a 67-year-old Philadelphia resident and Democratic staffer, was charged Tuesday with four counts of voter fraud and other similar offenses, such as conspiracy. Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbitter Williams filed the federal charges against Beren, a staffer for Philadelphia City Councilmember Mark Squilla, Philadelphia Magazine reported. Williams alleged that Beren took part in a voter fraud scheme in various voting divisions in Philadelphia and falsified votes, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Two Men Reportedly Charged With Voter Fraud After Forging 8,000 Voter Registration Applications) Prosecutors allege that the conspiracy implicated Beren and another person of interest, identified as “Consultant #1”, Philadelphia Magazine reported. The individual is described as a former elected official who “held himself out as an effective and successful political operative capable of ensuring his clients’ electoral success,” according to the outlet. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Consultant #1 is former U.S. Democratic Rep. Ozzie Myers of Pennsylvania. Authorities charged Meyers with bribery after he allegedly stuffed ballot boxes to skew primaries for specific candidates in 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to Reuters. The election judge in charge...
    Former President Donald Trump appeared to suggest on Wednesday that Republican voters would boycott future elections unless the alleged voter fraud of the 2020 election is resolved. “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting ’22 or ’24,” he said. “It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.” Trump just threatened to have Republican voters stay home in 2022 and 2024 unless the party is able to "solve" (by which he seems to mean overturn) the result of the last presidential election, which he lost. pic.twitter.com/sHvXHrKZtH — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 13, 2021 Leading up to the Georgia senate election earlier this year, President Trump strongly pushed the voter fraud angle, which possibly led to Republicans staying home on election day, contributing to Sen. Raphael Warnock’s (D-GA) and Sen. Jon Ossoff’s (D-GA) victories. As the Washington Post noted: A historic Democratic sweep in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs rested in large part on half a million voters who stayed home, and on black voters...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to Republicans as he continued to repeat his allegations of voter 'fraud': back his ongoing efforts or Republicans 'will not be voting' in the off-year elections and beyond. Trump made the threat in one of a flurry of statements from his 'Save America' PAC Wednesday, after once again claiming he 'won' the election. If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.' Trump's attack comes as GOP leaders are eyeing the 2022 elections as potential takeover opportunity, with Democrats holding just three-vote majority in the House. The Senate is split 50-50. Former President Donald Trump, who held a rally in Iowa Saturday, warned that Republicans won't vote if the party doesn't 'solve' what he called 'fraud' in the 2020 elections With covid still raging, built-in advantages, historical trends for off-year elections, the GOP stands a chance to stop or slow much of the Biden...
    The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has just issued a scathing subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, a former Trump Justice Dept. official accused of scheming with the then-president to overturn the results of the presidential election. "The Select Committee's investigation has revealed credible evidence that you attempted to involve the Department of Justice in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power," the subpoena reads. "As detailed in a report issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee, you proposed that the Department send a letter to state legislators in Georgia and other states suggesting that they delay certification of their election results and hold a press conference announcing that the Department was investigating allegations of voter fraud." "The report further indicates that you engaged in unauthorized investigation of allegations of voter fraud and failed to abide by the Department's policy on contacts with the White House." Read the subpoena here: 211013 Jeffrey Clark LetterFrom Your Site Articles
    A judge has granted the motion to dismiss a Georgia case alleging voter fraud in Fulton County during the 2020 election on the grounds that the petitioners, who are members of voting integrity group VoterGA, lack the legal standing to make the charges. Superior Court Judge Brian Amero decided Wednesday that “regardless of the veracity of [fraud] allegations, the Court finds Petitioners have still failed to allege a particularized injury.” The lawsuit sought an independent investigation of Fulton County’s 147,000 absentee ballots amid allegations that a substantial number had been cast fraudulently for Joe Biden, possibly costing then-President Trump a victory in the county. As a "coalition of citizens ," VoterGA does not have the right to sue because “no single voter is specifically disadvantaged if a vote is counted improperly, even if the error might have a mathematical impact on the final tally and thus on the proportional effect of every vote.” FULTON COUNTY ELECTION EMPLOYEES FIRED FOR ALLEGEDLY SHREDDING VOTER APPLICATIONS The dismissal followed a Tuesday court filing of a state investigation that...
                      by Scott McClallen  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged three women with crimes related to attempted voter fraud in the 2020 general election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Nessel argued the charges show that when “rare” election fraud happens, the current safeguards stop it. “These cases highlight the scrutiny applications and ballots undergo throughout the election process, as well as the thorough investigative process that ensues when instances of attempted fraud are suspected,” Nessel said in a statement. Procedurally, reports of voter fraud are often first reported to local law enforcement or the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) for initial investigation and then routed to the Michigan State Police (MSP) or Department of Attorney General (DAG) if investigators believe a crime occurred. “These charges also send a clear message to those who promote deceitful claims about widespread fraud: the current protocols we have in place work to protect and ensure the integrity of our elections. It’s time to share that truth and stop spreading lies to the contrary,”...
    A new Washington Post analysis sheds light on the extent of former President Donald Trump's plot to convince the U.S Department of Justice to possibly overtime the 2020 election. With the election uncertainties ahead for 2022 and 2024, some Republican lawmakers have backpedaled and changed their tune in favor of Trump and his voter fraud conspiracy theories. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) is a prime example. Speaking to Newsmax, the Iowa Republican lawmaker recalled former U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark's political agenda as he placed an emphasis on having state legislatures obtain new electors. "That was the advice that one person in the Justice Department was suggesting — but just one person. And [Trump] rejected all that," Grassley said, adding, "And they're trying to make it a scenario [where] he was trying to get the Justice Department" to obtain different electors. WaPo highlighted one other glaring issue: "the sheer desperation and ridiculousness of what undergirded this entire effort." The U.S. Senate report released on Thursday, October 7 "showed this effort revolved around some of the most...
                        A grand jury has indicted a prominent Democratic official in the border city of San Luis, Arizona again on charges related to ballot harvesting during the 2020 primary election. Guillermina Fuentes, who is a former mayor of San Luis, a Democratic precinct committee person, and a member of the Gadsden Elementary School Board, was first indicted in December on one count of ballot abuse, also known as ballot harvesting, for collecting four ballots from people and turning them in. She was not authorized to do so since she was not a family member, household member, or caregiver of the voters per Arizona law. The new charges of conspiracy, forgery, and an additional ballot abuse count relate to a fifth voter, where she signed the voter’s name on the return envelope and marked their ballot. Alma Juarez, another San Luis resident, was also indicted for ballot abuse in December along with Fuentes. Fuentes has pleaded not guilty. The Democrats of Greater Tucson describe Fuentes as “very politically active and...