The following are the common types of alleged voter fraud:
Double voting (ballot stuffing): One individual casts more than one ballot in the same election.
Dead voters: The name of a deceased person remains on a state's official list of registered voters and a living person fraudulently casts a ballot in that name.
Felon voter fraud: The casting of a ballot by a convicted felon who is not eligible to vote as a result of being a felon.
Voter suppression: A variety of tactics aimed at lowering or suppressing the number of voters who might otherwise vote in a particular election.
Registration fraud: Filling out and submitting a voter registration card for a fictional person, or filling out a voter registration card with the name of a real person, but without that person's consent, and forging his or her signature on the card.
Voter impersonation: A person claims to be someone else when casting a vote.
Vote-buying: Agreements between voters and others to buy and sell votes, such as a candidate paying voters to vote for him or her.
Fraud by election officials: Manipulation of ballots by officials administering the election, such as tossing out ballots or casting ballots in voters' names.
Ballot harvesting: A person requests a mail ballot for someone else or steals a mail ballot, then uses that ballot and forges the intended recipient's signature. Also refers to filling out a ballot for someone else who has requested assistance in filling out a ballot, rather than assisting them. In some states, ballot harvesting refers to the legal practice of third-party collection of multiple absentee ballots for submission.
More proof that the Republicans will do literally anything to hang on to power. If they get caught committing election fraud, they quickly disown the guilty party, then subvert election laws to gain a better toehold.
A spokesman for Robert J. Higdon, Jr., who took over as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina in September 2017, has declined to comment on why no charges were filed following the state’s criminal referrals [...]
Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco in Washington also declined to comment on Friday.
At the time, there was only an acting U.S. attorney in office. Later in 2017, Trump’s appointee arrived, but took no action to prosecute the matter. Instead, he assigned his staff to focus on a different priority — prosecuting a handful of non-citizens who had allegedly voted. [...]
Higdon’s office issued a media release in August of this year touting charges against 19 foreign nationals it said voted in North Carolina in the 2016 presidential election, during which more than 6.9 million ballots were cast in the state.
Of course, verifying legality of these 19 votes was the cure to NC voting fraud.
But court filings reviewed by AP show several of the cases built by Higdon’s office were against longtime legal permanent residents or those who had been granted citizenship only to have authorities later determine they had been untruthful on their applications. At least four have pleaded guilty, with the only sentence meted out so far going against an Italian man who has lived legally in the United States since 1985. The judge in the case gave him a $200 fine and no prison time.
Evidently the elections board can investigate as needed for certification decisions but can only refer to prosecutors and law enforcement to act on criminal activity. Nothing happening but a more blatant repeat backs up their unanimous decision not to certify the race.
Trump's crackdown on voter fraud, I suppose.
Yikes, this got serious fast. Not merely destroying the chain-of-custody by collecting and mailing absentee ballots "on behalf of" voters, but now we're talking about straight up altering ballots and taking deliberate countermeasures to avoid suspicion.
I had to LOL at this part:
When Marc Elias, a lawyer for McCready, pressed Britt as to why she never questioned Dowless about the underlying purpose behind all these steps, she said it was because he was like a father figure to her and she trusted that he wouldn’t ask her to do anything illegal.
Britt said that she now believed she had engaged in wrongdoing, but that she didn’t know at the time what she was doing was wrong.
In her testimony, Britt confirmed what Strach said as well. She said she herself had collected between 35 and 40 absentee ballots, about half of which had been properly witnessed. She said she didn’t mark anyone’s ballot to indicate a vote for Harris, but on unsealed ballots, she did fill out downballot races for Republicans. She said she did this so that election officials wouldn’t get suspicious as to why there were so many races left blank and because Dowless was working on behalf of Republicans.