An investigation into the Michigan election by state Republican lawmakers has concluded that there is no evidence of widespread fraud and dismissed the need for an Arizona-style forensic audit of the results. The news comes amid a broad push by many Republicans – from Donald Trump to state parties – to push unfounded lies about Joe Biden’s victory, often promoting baseless conspiracy theories and evidence-free accusations of fraud.
The Michigan Republican report released on Wednesday followed 28 hours of legislative hearings starring local and national pro-Trump conspiracy theorists such as former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The report labeled many of their claims “ludicrous” and called on the state Democratic attorney general to open investigations into those who may have profited from making false claims.
The report was authored by the Republican-controlled senate oversight committee and it said it found no evidence of dead voters, no precincts with 100% turnout and no evidence of a Detroit ballot dump that benefited Biden, as GOP activists have claimed occurred. (The Guardian)
Comment: This follows a recent “Washington Examiner” retelling of an election analysis of the Maricopa County vote done a few months ago by a Republican election researcher who found that a lot of Republican voters chose the Republican down ballots candidates but refused to vote for Trump. They often voted for Biden instead. In fact “59,800 people did not vote for Trump despite voting for mostly GOP candidates down the ballot. The results of his analysis showed 39,102 of those Republican voters crossed the aisle to cast a vote for then-candidate Joe Biden.” And let’s face it. This certainly wasn’t due to Biden being a charismatic and inspiring candidate.
My gut feeling is that the same thing happened throughout the country. It would explain why Republicans did fairly well last November even though Trump lost by seven million votes. It wasn’t armies of dead voters, bamboo-laced bogus ballots, Italian satellite beams or Chavez’s ghost in the voting machines. Enough Republicans did not want four more years of Trump to make a difference in the election’s outcome.
This sets up a dilemma for the Republican Party. Will they be forced to give Trump another chance in 2024 or will they risk alienating his most rabid followers and try to move beyond Trump.
These two links describe the process used in the earlier Maricopa County ballot analysis and how it could be used with the current election audit to produce something worthwhile. That is if they can get beyond the search for watermarks and bamboo fibers.
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