The Media Doesn’t Call Races: State and Federal Officials Do

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“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men,” George Orwell

The media does not pick the winners of presidential elections. Contrary to an infamous New York Times tweet, it has zero role in any elections. The media, on its own initiative, handicaps races, predicts winners, and makes assorted claims about the process or the outcome.

This does not mean that it is an authoritative source or that anyone is obligated to listen to it, let alone that any political candidate is obligated to concede anything.

Elections are a process that conclude with a certification by local officials, by the Electoral College process, and by Congress.

Most of the time there are clear results and all of this becomes a formality. As a result a lot of people have confused media predictions and calculations with outcomes.

However when an election is disputed, as it is now, then the process must be followed.

Biden’s claims of victory are inappropriate. If they were inappropriate before the media’s predictions, they’re just as inappropriate now.

To argue otherwise is to argue that the media, rather than our officials, determine winners in elections. And that’s a dangerous level of constitutional illiteracy bordering on a media coup.

Does Wisconsin Have a Mass Invalid Absentee Ballot Problem?

This is one of those things the media deems an implausible conspiracy theory because it doesn’t involve Russian Facebook ads. But it may be worth paying attention to in the Stop the Steal battle.

County and municipal clerks and poll workers across Wisconsin may have unlawfully altered witness statements on thousands of mail-in ballots across the state, “The Dan O’Donnell Show” has learned.

Wisconsin Statute 6.86 provides that an absentee ballot must be signed by a witness, who is also required to list his or her address. If a witness address is not listed, then the ballot is considered invalid and must be returned to the voter to have the witness correct.

Instead, multiple sources tell “The Dan O’Donnell Show,” municipal clerks and vote counters across the state simply filled out witness signatures themselves. Acting on false and unlawful advice from the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), these clerks may have inadvertently invalidated thousands of absentee votes.

However, on October 19th, the WEC sent instructions to clerks that they can simply fill in the witness address themselves so that the ballot would not be invalidated.

“Please note that the clerk should attempt to resolve any missing witness address information prior to Election Day if possible, and this can be done through reliable information (personal knowledge, voter registration information, through a phone call with the voter or witness),” WEC wrote. “The witness does not need to appear to add a missing address.”

With thousands of illegitimate ballots, there is once again a state and an election at stake.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin estimates that thousands of witness addresses may have been changed, thus invalidating the ballots on which they appeared. The statutory remedy for this is to subtract a commensurate number of votes for the candidates for whom those ballots were cast, meaning that vote totals may substantially change.

If the addresses were written in red pen, then they should be easy enough to distinguish.

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