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New Jersey, Wisconsin, NC and restoring trust in the electoral process

Nov 10, 2021

Today’s podcast follows up on stories we’re tracking from New Jersey and Wisconsin, while tying it back to what concerned citizens can do about the Wisconsin-style nursing home abuse that happens in North Carolina.

Click image to review last week’s program on NJ’s citizen investigations into election irregularities.

1. New Jersey Republican challenger for Governor, Jack Ciattarelli, has loudly said his campaign “is not alleging voter fraud,” but they are holding off in conceding until more of the 70,000 outstanding provisional ballots are counted.

On the Wednesday after Election Day, Ciattarelli’s effort was demoralized by a sudden trove of ballots that came in from Monmouth County. As late as Friday after Election Day, Monmonth County still had 170,000 ballots they had not counted.

Their delayed counting is partly blamed on their Governor’s “emergency” decree, ordering ballots be counted as late as seven days after the election, as long as they were postmarked by November 3.

Incumbent Governor Murphy is now ahead by more than 66,000 (or 2.6%) votes after trailing late into the night last week. Despite that, expanded margin, his campaign is keeping their options open until more ballots are counted.

There is no mandatory recount law in NJ, so he would have to pay attorneys to file legal motions in each of their 21 counties in order to get a recount rolling.

The campaign’s attorney said, “We will make the decision to pursue a recount based on all of the facts, which includes that this is the first time New Jersey is conducting an election under the new law, using new technology and vote counting procedures.”

Abuses in those areas of concern are not publicly known, but each creates new ways to steal votes, so our New Jersey counterparts, “Working Together for NJ Election Integrity” (“WTNJ”) are leading research efforts and mobilizing canvassers to start collecting evidence.

We started reporting on this story last week and will keep you posted as it develops.

2. We suspect the nursing home investigation in Racine Wisconsin may be expanding into a statewide because the lead investigator, Sgt. Mike Luell, is testifying at 3 PM today, before a legislative committee that oversees their elections.

Luell, a former prosecutor, briefed the Racine County media two weeks ago with reports of nursing home patient abuse by staff members who were voting in the names of clients who long ago lost their mental capacities to recognize family members.

Looking at their voting records alone is enough to raise eyebrows, but we’ve received redacted notes from Sgt. Luell and are appalled. (See for yourself by clicking here.)

Their investigation was launched after a citizen complained about her mother having suddenly voted after nearly a decade of diminished mental capacity and zero interest in voting.

But the first key indicator of an organized criminal activity was the sudden increase of voting activity at a nursing home that averaged 10 voters per election, yet suddenly had 42 people voting in 2020.

This images shows some of the more notable red flags that emerged after the investigation began:

Click image to review the Sheriff Department’s first investigator’s report.

We first reported last week about this organized vote theft from at least one Wisconsin nursing home and will follow up as conditions warrant.

3. Restoring public trust in the electoral process.

Unfortunately, there is no magic wand for fixing the problems with fraud-friendly election laws. After all, we didn’t get here overnight.

The only way to force large-scale reforms is to prove that there actually are abuses of the current laws. In other words, until we bring evidence of fraud, lawmakers are hesitant to look into the problem.

So, one of our mitigation strategies is to join a canvassing operation that will produce evidence that can stand up in court.

If fraud investigations are not your thing, then how about prevention?

You can help with that by making yourself available to your local elections office as either a volunteer or an employee.

Volunteers might become trained registrars who visit nursing homes and facilitate their voting. We’re not sure whether they get paid to do this function in NC, but some states do make that  a paid position.

If you still have the health to work long hours, you might apply for a paid position at the polls. Election officials call these “volunteer” positions, but I guarantee they  pay in NC or they won’t let you work there.

The bottom line is for more concerned citizens to take ownership of our electoral process by any means permissible under your state’s law.

In NC, you can start exploring your employment options by clicking here.

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