While President Trump’s campaign continues to pursue legal remedies in several states over allegations of massive vote fraud in the national election, there is another instance of what appears to be ‘legalized’ fraud unfolding in New York state in a congressional race.
That is, ‘legal’ in the sense that a judge says so – which, of course, is not always true.
“In NY-22, the Democrat incumbent was trailing by almost 30K on election night,” said Hot Air editor Jazz Shaw on Twitter. “The mail-in ballots got him close. Then a Democrat judge from Syracuse ruled he would personally ‘review’ all of the spoiled ballots that had been rejected. Guess what happened next.”
“The judge miraculously ‘found’ enough ballots that he felt were okay and the incumbent now ‘leads’ by 13 votes,” Shaw continued.
The new Democrat ‘winner’ was quick to declare it so.
“This process and the integrity of our election are critical to our republic. This judicial review has been fair, open, honest, and transparent, and I remain confident that voters’ voices will be heard,” said Freshmen Rep. Anthony Brindisi of the results. “In January, I will be sworn in and continue to work with both parties and stand up to anyone on behalf of all of New York’s 22nd district.”
Sure. Elections are ‘fair, open, honest, and transparent’ only when Democrats win. But when Republicans do, especially any Republican named Donald Trump, elections are ‘fixed, rigged, cheated, and stolen’ – generally by a guy named Vlad Putin.
Brindisi trailed Republican challenger Claudia Tenney by about 28,000 votes on election night in New York’s 22nd Congressional District but closed that gap over the next few weeks to just 100-200 votes as mail-in ballots were counted.
Despite Tenney’s slim lead, Owego County state Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte issued an injunction to block election officials certifying the results, setting the stage for Brindisi’s 13 vote lead.
Needless to say, Tenney’s campaign isn’t about to throw in the towel on what certainly appears to be another clear attempt to steal an election (and halt Democrat hemorrhaging of House seats).
“Brindisi’s premature declaration of victory is further evidence that his team has no interest in ensuring a fair process that preserves the integrity of the election and protects the rights of voters. We will fight to ensure that all and only legal counts are counted — not jump to faulty conclusions,” the Tenney campaign told the New York Post.
Patience is a virtue. On Monday, the Herkimer County Board of Elections revised the final count and netted Tenney 35 votes, putting her in the lead now by a dozen votes.
But don’t expect this will be the last of it. Stay tuned.
That said, the framers of our Constitution never would have written a provision that allowed judges to arbitrarily make decisions about ballots. And states would not have ratified such a provision.
We can’t have an electoral system where outcomes are dependent on the whims of partisan judges — or even non-partisan judges.