EDITOR’S NOTE: This opinion piece was written before overzealous Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, breached the Senate and House chambers, and shut down the exact debate on vote fraud that Trump backers demanded.
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NEW YORK — Thirteen Republican senators and some 140 GOP House members are mounting a collective challenge to the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes as they are unveiled today in a joint session of Congress. The resistance is being led by senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas and Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama. Citing an 1877 precedent, they are calling for an ad hoc electoral commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit to satisfy deep concerns about the honesty of the November 3 presidential vote.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey, 39 percent of Americans believe “the election was rigged.” Among Democrats, 17 percent agree, as do 31 percent of independents and 67 percent of Republicans.
Democrats used this constitutionally mandated forum to question the elections of 1968, 2000, 2004, and 2016. So, Republicans are walking in the footsteps of their Democrat colleagues and their forebears.
Republicans confronting Biden’s Electoral College votes this afternoon have legitimate reasons to do so.
As the nearby chart details, once a variety of categories of allegedly improper or illegal votes have been subtracted from Biden’s margins of victories, his wins become losses in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. If those states shift into President Donald J. Trump’s column, he comfortably would win four more years in the White House.
Some of the more worrisome data include these allegations: 19,997 ballots in Arizona cast by those under age 18. In Georgia, 20,312 out-of-state voters seemingly voted in-state. In Michigan, 27,825 ballots apparently were “requested” by voters who made no such request. Nevada saw 42,284 suspected in-state double voters. Absentee ballots officially recorded as returned on or before the day they were mailed out total 58,221 in Pennsylvania. In Wisconsin, 96,437 able-bodied voters evidently skirted the Badger State’s voter ID law by claiming to be “indefinitely confined.”
Beyond this chart, senators and House members of both parties should be chilled to their marrow by a December 22 letter signed by 19 members of Pennsylvania’s State Senate. In that document, and a December 28 news release by 17 of these legislators, they calculate that 202,377 more ballots were cast for president than there were voters who voted. This is called “stuffing the ballot box” and is the most basic and profound species of vote fraud.
These 202,377 mystery ballots are just about halfway in number between the estimated 144,000 to 288,000 completed absentee ballots that U.S. Postal Service contract truck driver Jesse Morgan swore in a notarized affidavit that he transported on October 21 from Bethpage, New York, to Harrisburg and then Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After parking that trailer overnight, Morgan attests that he returned the next morning and was shocked that it had vanished. Were these 202,377 ballots the same as those Morgan says he trucked across two state lines into Pennsylvania? And what the hell were even 20 Pennsylvania absentee ballots doing in Bethpage, a community on Long Island?
I have compiled, questioned, and analyzed these figures over the last 10 days. They are based on court filings, public statements and private communications with state lawmakers, legislative-hearing transcripts, reports by government officials, discussions with election-law attorneys and vote fraud experts, and credible news accounts.
These figures can be debated. Some might merit refinement upon deeper scrutiny. Some ultimately may prove incorrect.
However, these serious and troubling numbers deserve much closer and more robust examination. That is what the GOP challengers ask today: a 10-day window to see if these disturbing indications of potential vote fraud are sufficient to reverse a presidential election in which nearly four in 10 Americans share no confidence.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.