Half of the nation expects midterms to be affected by election cheating

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President Trump has charged, repeatedly, that there was cheating during the 2020 presidential election, that the victory was stolen from him.

Democrats just as often have called his accusations the “Big Lie,” and claimed it was, more or less, a perfect election.

Their message isn’t exactly getting through to Americans, according to a new poll.

The new survey from Rasmussen Reports reveals that 52% of respondents, all Likely U.S. voters, say it is at least somewhat likely that cheating affected that race.

That includes 36% who say it is “Very Likely.”

Only 43% say they don’t believe cheating affected the results.

And regarding the coming elections, the numbers don’t change much.

“Fifty percent (50%) of voters think it is at least somewhat likely there will be widespread cheating that will affect the outcome of this fall’s congressional elections, including 24% who say it’s Very Likely. Forty-one percent (41%) don’t believe cheating is likely to affect the November midterms, including 22% who say it’s Not At All Likely,” the report explained.

“Voters remain skeptical of the integrity of vote-by-mail. Fifty-eight percent (58%) think it’s at least somewhat likely that wider use of mail-in voting will lead to more cheating in elections, including 39% who say it’s Very Likely. Thirty-six percent (36%) don’t believe mail-in voting is likely to lead to more cheating, including 16% who say it’s Not At All Likely. In October 2021, 65% said wider use of mail-in voting would lead to more cheating in elections,” the report said.

Voting by mail was adopted widely during the COVID pandemic, even where state regulations prohibited it.

The survey involved 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters and was done on July 5 by Rasmussen Reports and The National Pulse.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Fifty-nine percent said making sure there is no cheating is more important, while 38% would disregard some of that to make “it easier for everybody to vote, the polling said.

Democrats are those who have the lowest concern about election integrity, the report confirmed, with 76% of Republicans and 64% of independents think it’s more important to make sure there’s no cheating. Only 37% of Democrats share that priority.

On the issue of whether mail-in voting leads to cheating, 57% of Republicans agreed, while only 20% of Democrats did. On whether cheating affected the 2020 results, 52% of Republicans said yes, but only 16% of Democrats.

And will cheating affect the 2022 results?

“Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans, 36% of Democrats and 43% of unaffiliated voters believe it is at least somewhat likely there will be widespread cheating that will affect the outcome of this fall’s congressional elections,” Rasmussen Reports said.

Majorities of whites, blacks and other minorities believe mail-in voting will lead to more cheating, and majorities of whites and other minorities say it happened in 2020.

“President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are least concerned about cheating in elections. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s performance as president, just nine percent (9%) think it is more important to prevent cheating in elections while 88% believe making it easier for everybody to vote is more important. By contrast, among voters who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 92% say it’s more important to prevent cheating in elections and just seven percent (7%) think making it easier for everybody to vote is more important,” the report said.

The polling also showed voters have had enough of Joe Biden and don’t want him to seek re-election and they are likely to pick a Republican majority for Congress in the fall.

There were a lot of unusual factors that affected the 2020 presidential election, and while just about every election has some sort of fraud that shows up, many experts agree that there likely wasn’t enough to change the Electoral College vote count.

But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t deliberately rigged, according to a senior legal correspondent Margot Cleveland of The Federalist.

Her qualifications run deep.

She also contributes to National Review Online, the Washington Examiner, Aleteia, and Townhall.com. She’s been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

While at Notre Dame Law School before her graduation she earned the Hoynes Prize – the law school’s highest honor. And she spent nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Her comments come just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan committee assigned to “investigate” the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol is going on television to promote its beliefs about that event.

Those largely consist of blaming President Trump.

The committee members have heard testimony that actual fraudulent votes didn’t amount to enough to change the result.

However, Cleveland explains there’s more than that that should be of concern following the 2020 results.

“Stealing an election by fraud is not the only way to rig an outcome. Elections are rigged when systemic violations of election law occur,” she wrote. “That there was no widespread fraud in November 2020 doesn’t mean that the election was not rigged to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.”

She pointed out: “The election was rigged with every illegal drop box placed in Democrat-heavy precincts.”

And, “The election was rigged when the Pennsylvania legislature unconstitutionally authorized no-excuse absentee voting and when Philadelphia clerks illegally inspected ballots and then told Democrat activists which voters needed to cure their ballots for their votes to count.”

And, “The election was rigged when Wisconsin election officials ignored the state election code, telling voters they were ‘indefinitely confined’ because of Covid and that nursing homes could ignore Wisconsin’s requirement that special voting deputies oversee elections in residential facilities.”

And, “The election was rigged with every dollar of Zuck Bucks designed to get out the Democrat vote, and with every leftist activist embedded in county clerks’ offices to push such efforts while accumulating untold voter data to the benefit of the Biden campaign.”

And, “The election was rigged when Georgia rendered the election code’s mandate of signature verifications inoperable and the state court delayed a hearing on Trump’s challenge to the Georgia outcome until after the vote certification, thereby ignoring evidence that more than 35,000 illegal votes were included in the state’s tally — more than enough to require a court to throw out the election.”

What is known about the 2020 election is that the results almost without doubt were influenced by the $420 million in Mark Zuckerberg money that he handed out to mostly leftist elections officials, who often used it for get-out-the-vote efforts in Democrat strongholds. That money was distributed outside the channels of any regulation that normally applies to political campaign spending.

Further, the legacy and social media corporations cooperated in suppressing accurate, but very damaging, reporting about Joe Biden, his son Hunter and the family’s international business schemes just days before the election.

Analysts have concluded that either of those actions alone could have pushed the election results into the Biden column.

Even further, many local elections officials simply ignored their own state laws regarding mail-in and absentee ballots, counting them days after the voting was supposed to have been closed.

Cleveland explained, “The Jan. 6 show trial continues this week in the House, with several partisan aims remaining in focus, chief among them conditioning the public to believe the Nov. 3, 2020, election was the most secure in American history. By limiting their focus to select and disproven claims of election fraud, the Democrat-stacked House committee provides a bait-and-switch prime-time presentation designed to convince the country that Trump lied to his supporters when he declared the election was stolen.”

Rigging was evident, she said, “when the press refused to bare the secret that Hunter Biden provided his dad, the ‘Big Guy,’ a 10 percent kickback from the various millions made in a pay-to-play scandal.”

And, “When Twitter blocked the New York Post’s reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop and the material uncovered from its hard drive and then when every elite media outlet ignored the story.”

And, “When the same legacy and social media outlets that censored the explosive Joe Biden scandal instead promoted the false claim that the Post’s reporting was Russian disinformation.”

And, “When the lapdog media outlets pantingly ran the Russia disinformation cover story to protect Joe Biden, knowing Attorney General William Barr’s Department of Justice would not leak the truth, but would instead preserve its independence and remain silent while the corrupt press lied to the American public.”

No evidence of “fraud?” Could be.

“But the election was still rigged against Trump six ways to Sunday,” she said.

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