I'm veering onto a different track starting with this essay. I'll look at how specific cities fared in the 2020 general election regarding widespread voter fraud. Election fraud claims tend to single out cities with substantial numbers of Black and Brown residents. Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Milwaukee, for example.
#Election Fraud Lies
The full headline I'm responding to was "Breaking: A Printer in Michigan Printed Tens of Thousands of Excess Pennsylvania Ballots Which Were Shipped to New York and Fraudulently Filled Out Before Being Delivered to Pennsylvania", but I shortened the lie for better flow.
In the spirit of bigger and bigger lies, the "data scientists" I debunked yesterday (Election Fraud Lies, Georgia Edition), are back with a 25-fold increased lie about the presidential election in Pennsylvania.
This Election Fraud Lie uses the same type of flawed analysis of time-stamped election result feeds as the Virginia "switch" and other phony claims did. This particular form of "analysis" is very popular with Election Truthers because it can be couched in "scientific" terms and fed through the rightwing lie multiplier of far-right blogs even though it's based on a fundamental misunderstanding of election data feeds.
The origin of most of the election fraud claims is a human error in Antrim County, MI. Antrim briefly reported more votes for Biden than Trump. This rural county in northern Michigan is dominated by Republicans and voted for Trump over Biden by 9,748 to 5,960. Their mistake has been cited thousands of times as proof that the election was stolen.
This is a list of the essays in my Election Fraud Lies series. Down below is a list of my other 2020 election-related essays. I've been working to generate buzz for c99 by linking the relevant essay in response to election fraud comments on Fox News and other alternative-fact media.
An affidavit is a statement signed by a person who swears a certain thing or things are true. The identity of the person but not the truth of their beliefs is verified by a Notary Public.
A similar statement called a declaration does not require notarization. Instead, it relies on a statement like this: "I declare under penalty of perjury that the forgoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge."
[EdG Note: I am not a lawyer and don't play one on TV. I have a bit of legal experience representing myself in business disputes and I worked briefly as a paralegal. Most of my career has been in the computer industry. I'll keep the legal minutiae to a minimum and, of course, any opinions expressed are my own.]
This Election Fraud Lie by Election Truthers is used against Pennsylvania as well as the 5 other battleground states Trump lost. Since the lie is basically the same in each state, I selected Pennsylvania as my target because I have the most complete statistics from there.
Rudy Giuliani (aka "Covid Rudy") completed his whirlwind "Damn the voters, full steal ahead!" tour of battleground state legislatures last week shortly before being hospitalized for coronavirus treatment. [EdG Note: Arizona's legislure has gone into 7 day lockdown after being exposed to Rudy.]
This essay is a bit different. Instead of discussing a specific lie, I provide explanations of how election fraud lies are created and disseminated.
The Presidential Pipeline
This is a common sequence for generating election fraud lies. I call it the Presidential Pipeline. It's a way of spreading lies and misinformation to a political party's base.
This is the City of Detroit's response to renowned lawyer Sidney Powell's Michigan Kraken lawsuit. Detroit intervened in the case because many of Powell's claims focus on the counting of Detroit residents' absentee ballots at the TCF Center. And the City's attorneys even spelled 'District' correctly in their response.