2020 election investigations and lawsuits building momentum

"We want to restore confidence to the election system," said Spokane County GOP State Committeeman Matt Hawkins.

Published: June 24, 2022 7:17pm

Updated: June 26, 2022 10:10pm

State and local Republican parties are calling for new investigations into the 2020 election as a lawsuit regarding election fraud in Pennsylvania moves forward.

Michigan GOP lawmakers and the Republican Party in Spokane County, Wash., are requesting investigations into concerns regarding the 2020 election, and a case in Delaware County, Pa., has been assigned a judge.

GOP lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives are urging the state's attorney general, a Democrat, to investigate the Democratic secretary of state for possible election fraud and allegations highlighted in Dinesh D'Souza's "2000 Mules" ballot trafficking documentary.

"We write to you today urging you to investigate, and bring charges if credible evidence is found, the Secretary of State of Michigan, members of her office, and any organizations or individuals for crimes related to fraud committed in the 2020 election and crimes brought to light in the documentary 2000 Mules," reads the letter to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

The letter asks the attorney general to investigate Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for using "4.5 million dollars of CARES funds to recklessly mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters not on the permanent absentee voter list"; ordering "Michigan clerks in October 2020 to presume the accuracy of absentee ballot signatures ... in contrast to state law"; and not responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests "by voters and groups like the Michigan Grassroots Alliance related to the voter rolls, Canton Township's voters, and City of Detroit ballots."

With regard to the documentary, the letter referenced "individuals (referred to as mules) who repeatedly would visit ballot dropboxes and deposit multiple ballots, allegedly for payment, in states with controversial elections in 2020, such as Georgia and Pennsylvania."

The GOP legislators noted that in the documentary "Michigan was named as a state that had such mules influence the 2020 Presidential Election."

The letter additionally requested an investigation into the possible influence of the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) in the election administration of municipalities in Michigan, since "7.6 million dollars was distributed among 19 municipalities ... in the form of 474 grants, the most given to a state in the nation."

Meanwhile in Spokane County, Wash., the local GOP is requesting an audit of the 2020 election, according to The Spokesman-Review.

On Monday, Spokane County GOP State Committeeman Matt Hawkins presented a petition to county commissioners asking for a "comprehensive election system audit" to "restore confidence in our elections."

The petition is supported by the county GOP and 4th Legislative District Reps. Rob Chase and Bob McCaslin, who is running for county auditor.

"We're not trying to say any one person has done anything wrong," Hawkins told the Board of County Commissioners. "We're not trying to say that any fraud has been committed. We are trying to say we want to restore confidence to the election system."

According to Hawkins, the audit would be an inspection of the entire election process of Spokane County, from the software and hardware of tabulation machines to procedures for ballot distribution and collection.

While the county auditor's office has some of the information Hawkins requested, the state reportedly has answers to some of the other questions. But some of the requests by the petition may not be granted because of state privacy and cybersecurity laws.

"Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the Board of County Commissioners has the authority to do what you're asking to do," said Mark McClain, the commissioners' attorney. "I think where you guys need to go is the Secretary of State."

The petition lists several concerns regarding the 2020 election, and Hawkins said that he believes there is enough to warrant an audit.

"There's enough evidence that continues to come in and we have even more material on our background that we're working on that is pertinent to Spokane County," he said. "We're just not ready to address those details at this time."

In Delaware County, Pa., a lawsuit against former Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and 2020 election voting machine warehouse supervisor James Savage is alleging that election fraud and evidence destruction occurred in the 2020 election, according to The Epoch Times.

The suit was brought by 2020 Republican state House candidate Ruth Moton and state residents Leah Hoopes and Gregory Stenstrom. Both Hoopes and Stenstrom provided testimony with Rudy Giuliani to the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee's hearing in November 2020 on election fraud. Stenstrom was a GOP poll watcher for the 2020 election in Delaware County.

According to the lawsuit, "Defendants intentionally and fraudulently conspired to and did destroy, delete, secrete, and hide November 3, 2020, election data, materials, and equipment to prevent discovery of election fraud and election law violations in Delaware County, which the Defendants also conspired to commit and did commit while carrying out the November 3, 2020 election."

Last week, Judge John Whelan from the Delaware Court of Common Pleas was assigned to hear the case, The Epoch Times reported.

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