Fraud: Michigan Democratic Official Charged With Altering Ballots in 2018 Election

Guy Benson, May 28, 2020

Whenever I write about voter fraud, I feel obliged to inject some nuance and caveats, which typically boil down to this: The Right tends to exaggerate the prevalence of the problem, while the Left tends to dismiss and downplay it entirely.  The truth is that while there is no evidence of widespread and systemic abuses, fraud does occur, and common-sense steps to ensure the integrity of the ballot and electoral process should not be reflexively assailed as racist or forms of (heavily debunked) "suppression."  Indeed, measures like voter ID requirements are broadly popular among the electorate, despite frequent demonization.  

Democrats are actively proposing to weaken such provisions, while encouraging the dodgy practice known as ballot harvesting, which is legal in places like California, but was the basis for a fraudulent election in North Carolina that benefitted the GOP.  With that said, we've recently learned of two criminal examples of voter fraud, which cannot be ignored or waved away.  Reagan told you last week about an elections judge in Pennsylvania who pleaded guilty to stuffing ballot boxes for Democrats, in exchange for bribes:

Now there's this outrageous story out of Michigan (update: these charges were filed last year):

Sherikia Hawkins was charged Monday with six felony counts for allegedly altering absentee ballots during the November 2018 election in her capacity as city clerk for the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich.  Hawkins, a 38-year-old registered Democrat, stands accused of altering 193 absentee ballots. She was arraigned Monday in Southfield on charges including falsifying returns or records, forgery of a public record, misconduct in office, and multiple counts of using a computer to commit a crime. She was released on $15,000 bond...The alleged misconduct was discovered after the Oakland County Clerk’s Office noticed that 193 voter files had been changed to reflect that the voters failed to include a valid signature or return date, when all of the implicated voters had in fact included both items. The county clerk’s office later discovered the original voter files in the trash at the election-division office. The Michigan State Police then launched an investigation that resulted in Hawkins’s arrest.

Local Democratic officials insisted that this conduct was 'anomalous' and didn't impact final election results, but stories like this raise questions about how often this sort of thing occurs and is gotten away with.  And the fact that each of these stories have arisen in crucial presidential swing states doesn't exactly inspire confidence -- especially when taken together with this flashback story of anti-ID activists openly celebrating an official convicted of election fraud in Ohio.  I'll leave you with this, via the Heritage Foundation, published earlier this month.  Again, these are just the proven and documented examples:

'Has He Lost His Mind?': Cuomo Provision Would Charge Police With a Felony for Sharing Info About Illegals

Cortney O'Brien, May 28, 2020

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw, Jr. has identified an outrageous provision in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) new budget. Last year, the New York legislature passed a measure called the Green Light Law, which allows illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. The law was amended in April for the 2020 budget to note that a law enforcement officer who shares DMV records with another law enforcement agency such as ICE or DHS can be arrested and charged with an E Felony.

"What has the governor lost his mind?" asked radio host Sandy Beach as he read the news to his listeners.

New York lawmakers are similarly fuming over the law, which they argue was snuck into the budget while the state is distracted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Border Patrol for example, working the highway in the middle of the night and pulls over a vehicle, they can’t run the plates to determine who owns that vehicle,” U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York J.P. Kennedy said. “I think it’s legislating obstruction and it’s very concerning to me.”

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, who was one of the New York officials to sue Gov. Cuomo for the Green Light Law last year, said the above provision is shocking.

This is shocking this is unheard of and especially during a pandemic that someone, the Governor, who is under so much pressure thought about that to put that in there,” Kearns reacted. “We just had I think it was 29 people law enforcement people in the State of New York that just died from COVID, and they’re criminals now?”

They basically criminalize police work in this budget,” he added.

Although Kearns's lawsuit was struck down in November, he pledged to get the DOJ's attention. He also told illegal immigrants in New York that he had no intention of following the governor's guidance.

"Don't get in your car, don't come," Kearns said. "Because I will not be issuing a driver's license to any illegal immigrants.

Gov. Cuomo can't afford many more missteps. He's already under extreme scrutiny for his mandate that forced nursing home facilities to accept COVID-19 positive patients, which seemingly resulted in thousands of deaths.

 Editors Corner 

Dirt continues to turn in Locust and Western Stanly County despite the lock down from the Coronavirus. One wonders what if we weren't under an economic lock down what new conveniences would be up and running in Locust and Western Stanly County? It was good this week that we could go to our favorite restaurant and have a meal with our family and friends. Being involved with the West Stanly Fire Department I have seen first hand as to how the lock down has changed the way they carry out emergency calls. The additional cost of doing business is a direct result of this lock down. They are stretching the green backs to continue the level of service they provide us. The are asking the Stanly County Commissioner for permission to increase their fire tax rate to continue the level of care for the citizens in Locust, Stanfield and Red Cross and the West Stanly Fire District. This is not an easy decision. West Stanly Fire is the only agency that offers Advanced Life Support Care in Stanly County. They are the only Agency to provide water rescue between Harrisburg and Norwood on Rock River. These firefighters and medical personnel are professionals that work for the larger municipalities and on their days off they work for West Stanly Fire Department.