More than a year after the disputed 2020 presidential election, a series of legal breakthroughs in the investigation of the electoral process in decisive swing states — including official inquiries, court rulings, audits and finial disclosures — has unfolded in rapid succession recently, even as election integrity opponents continue to insist that all legal avenues for questioning the outcome have long since been exhausted. ~~~~~~~~~~~
However, as Navarro and others have argued, many of the election integrity cases brought before courts were dismissed because they lacked standing. Out of 90 cases related to the 2020 presidential election, only 25 were decided on the merits, and 18 of those were won by Trump and/or the GOP party in the lawsuit.
In the 14 months since the election, abundant evidence of irregularities has emerged through audits, investigations, and court decisions — much of it surfacing within the past month. ~~~~~~~~ In December, a Pennsylvania judge ordered that Fulton County's Dominion voting machines be sent to the state Senate for inspection this month, after Shapiro and Democratic acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid sued to prevent it. However, the state Supreme Court this past week temporarily blocked the inspection until the full court can consider it, according to KDKA, a local CBS affiliate.
Back in November, an investigation was launched by Delaware County district Attorney Jack Stollsteimer into videos that purport to show the destruction of ballots and machinery in the 2020 election by county election officials.
Following Arizona's state Senate audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Republican state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, vowed to investigate any irregularities that were uncovered. The most recent announcement by the attorney general's Elections Integrity Unit was in late October, when Brnovich announced the indictment of a felon who allegedly voted illegally in the 2020 election.
At a rally in October, Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem read aloud a November 2020 letter from a purported whistleblower who claimed that "34,000 or 35,000 fictitious voters" were "inserted into the system" of Pima County during the general election. Finchem later read the letter into the record at an "ad hoc" election integrity hearing in Tucson last month. ~~~~~~~~~~
In Georgia, meanwhile, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced earlier this month that he has opened an investigation into possible illegal ballot harvesting during the state's 2020 general election and subsequent U.S. Senate runoffs. According to state law, third-party activists are prohibited from picking up and delivering ballots on behalf of voters, a tactic called "harvesting." ~~~~~~~~
In Wisconsin on Thursday, a judge ruled that the absentee ballot drop boxes used during the 2020 election are prohibited under state law, and ordered the Wisconsin Elections Commission to retract its instructions for election officials on using them. ~~~~~~~~~~
On Jan. 10, a Wisconsin judge refused to block a subpoena seeking testimony from Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe that former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Gableman issued in his election probe authorized by state lawmakers. ~~~~~~~~ Also during 2020, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donated $350 million to The Center for Tech and Civic Life, which granted the funds to municipalities conducting elections in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. ~~~~~~~~~~~
A month after the 2020 election, for example, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that state and local election officials were wrong to allow voters to declare themselves "indefinitely confined" due to COVID-19 to skip voter ID requirements for voting absentee in the election. The court found that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers didn't have the legal authority to issue an executive order that allowed voters to circumvent the requirement. Wisconsin's Legislative Audit Bureau found numerous other rule changes were made that were not approved by the state legislature.
In Arizona, an audit called into question more than 50,000 ballots cast in the November 2020 election, while in Georgia, state election officials have uncovered such widespread mismanagement in vote counting in Fulton County that they have begun a process to have the state run future elections in its largest county, which includes the city of Atlanta.