Unlike spurious claims of voting fraud, these examples offer multiple, well-documented, legally confirmed cases of unconstitutional attempts to block U.S. citizens from participating in their own government; they are the modern-day, more sophisticated equivalents to voter-suppression tactics such as poll taxes and literacy tests.
This year, however, conservatives seem to have finally found the evidence of voting fraud that they’ve long sought, and they’ve found it in North Carolina of all places. A Republican political operative, hired by a Republican congressional candidate, has been accused of running a large-scale operation to submit fraudulent absentee ballots in favor of the GOP and to collect and destroy large numbers of absentee ballots in favor of the Democratic candidate.
In a race decided for the GOP by barely 900 votes, statisticians and election experts say it is quite plausible that fraud affected the outcome. The North Carolina elections board has voted unanimously and across party lines not to certify that race, and multiple felony charges are likely.
This did not happen by accident. The political operative in question has long been rumored to engage in such tactics, and may have been hired because of, not despite, those rumors. And when North Carolina Republicans consciously chose not to implement “election integrity” measures regarding absentee balloting, they left the door wide open to just this type of scandal.
And Trump, who before the election promised “maximum penalties” for voting fraud, hasn’t said a word about it.