Several states have begun implementing measures to address the threats of voter fraud posed by mail-in voting in the run-up to the November presidential election.
As reported by One America News, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrest of four people linked to a vote collection scheme last week, including Democratic Commissioner Shannon Brown. The arrest occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24, on charges of voter fraud in the 2018 primary election in Gregg County.
Authorities said those involved falsely marked several voters as disabled in order to have their ballots mailed to them and cast the votes for Brown. Gregg County election results showed that he defeated his opponent for the commissioner’s post by five votes.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said earlier this month that mail ballots are vulnerable to fraud.
“People trying to change the rules to this methodology, which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion. It’s reckless and dangerous, and people are playing with fire,” Barr said during an interview with CNN.
Barr referred to a report by the Federal Election Reform Commission, led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, which concluded that absentee ballots are the biggest source of election fraud.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s elections office is under investigation after an independent contractor improperly disposed of seven military mail-in ballots allegedly issued by President Donald Trump.
According to OAN, the contractor was removed from his post and the investigation is still being reviewed by federal agents.
As The Hill pointed out, Pennsylvania is shaping up to be the epicenter of electoral disputes in 2020, and last week Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court handed the Democrats a victory after extending the deadline for voters to return mail-in ballots, further expanding the use of the ballot box, something questioned by the Trump campaign.
However, the Republicans succeeded in getting a ban on so-called naked mail-in ballots (ballots that are not sealed inside a secret inner envelope) after Trump’s presidential campaign filed a lawsuit with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, claiming that the receptacles could allow election fraud.
Earlier this month, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that 1,000 people had voted up to twice in the primaries by casting an absentee ballot and voting again in person.
“1,000 people of that 150,000 actually double voted, knowing full well that the vote they had filled out an absentee ballot, had mailed it back in and then showed up on the day of election,” Brad Raffensperger said, according to OAN.
Earlier this summer, a group of men were arrested in California for bribing homeless people to forge signatures on ballot applications and voter registration forms during the 2016 and 2018 elections, according to the media.
According to Fox News, Democrats have accused President Trump and new mail Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of allegedly attempting to sabotage the election by preventing mail ballot service during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic.
Both the Republicans and President Trump, have strongly criticized-in the mail ballot because of concerns about fraud and the steps taken by various Democratic states to promote it.