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My Response to the Guardian Hit Job

Oct 13, 2022 (Sanford) Conservatives wonder why even engage the media when they call and, truth be told, I don’t engage with each one I meet, but Jordan Wilkie seemed better than most so I gave him the chance to tell our story to a worldwide audience that reads The Guardian and the multiple NPR websites that also ran his story.

Click image to see Guardian article.

While Jordan and a writer I never met, named, Laura Lee, did paint me out to be a right-wing kook and a conspiracy theorist, none of that matters when it comes from the same “mainstream” media that brought us their own conspiracy theory that Russia stole the 2016 election.

People who take time to know me and to do their homework by reading my website know how strongly I believe that election integrity is the civil rights crisis of our time. If people lose trust in democratic process, they will abandon the ballot box and pick up the ammo box.

There are two ways to prevent the full erosion of that public trust: Totalitarianism or Transparency. My faith is in the latter option and I’ve dedicated nearly 12 years of my life to that goal.

Those favoring the totalitarian response resort to the propaganda tactics that would make Goebbels proud.

Now, to The Guardian article . . .

First off, all of my quotes were accurate and I stand by them. He treated me fairly, but blamed his editors for one unfortunate incident that left the reader with the wrong impression.

At issue was a paragraph about Same-Day Registration (SDR) that abruptly claimed we had no evidence of fraud in that area. Poor journalism here, since we never discussed the evidence we have in that area. In fact, after reading the article, I discussed this problem with Jordan.

We’ve covered our evidence exetenively over the years on this website, so I’ll not repeat them here. You can learn them the by using our search engine (top-right corner of thie webpage) or you can watch the video accompanying this written article.

The short story is that we proved that control of the Buncombe County Commission was once determined by 18 votes, even though 64 SDR votes were counted that could never be confirmed as legit registrations. We call fraud or abuse of the law when stuff like that happens and it impacted a close election.

Not convinced the State Board of Elections were being truthful about their reporting on this issue, we conducted our own research and found serious problems with the SDR process and reported them to a very UN-receptive Republican legislature.

Since NC’s initial voter ID lawsuit, we have changed our position on SDR. We once opposed it fully, but the evidence brought up in that trial convinced us that it can be reformed without damaging the overall positive impact of allowing registrations later in the process that that archaic 30-day rule that nobody follows.

With a lot of help from Jerry Reinoehl, we were able to replicate the state’s address verification process in real time for a sample set of SDR voters. The rejection rate started out at somewhere above 6 percent and crept upward as rejected letters (returned by the Post Office, as undeliverable) rose above 7 percent as the rejected letters kept trickling into our mailbox.

The most disturbing letter was mailed March 6, 2020 and not returned until Sept 23, 2021–eighty-five weeks after it was sent. Read all about that study here.

If Legislators ever elect leadership with the courage to reform election law, they should have us testify and we’ll explain how to fix it!

The next paragraph in the article was referencing my view toward non-US citizens who are voting. We know they are doing it and we’ve proven it, but the exact number cannot be determined without a federal government that actually cares to learn exactly how many of them are doing it. We’ve beaten that horse to death on this website, so I’ll spare you.

The video…

The article also mentioned the Loretta Biggs’ ruling that gutted North Carolina’s law involving voter challenges, but I’ll save that response for the video accompanying this post.

Click this link (or click the image below) to see my much more detailed response to this article.