As I write this, media outlets have just declared that Phil Murphy has won New Jersey’s race for governor.
Murphy has less than a 1 percentage point lead, and a significant number of votes remain uncounted. Nonetheless, the Associated Press was eager to declare the election settled - no doubt in part because editors there knew that the longer it went without a declared winner, the more conspiracy theories would flourish.
Other media outlets were happy to follow. Whether they would have done so equally fast if Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican, had won, is an fine question - though irrelevant to this discussion.
The broader issue is that it should not be the media’s job to call a final winner in a very close race before election officials have counted all - or substantially all - of the votes. The AP is stepping in because the authorities have failed to do their jobs in a timely manner.
And these failures are happening more and more often.
For generations, elections have generally been called and decided within hours after the polls closed, except in those rare cases when they genuinely were too close to call, where a mere handful of votes separated candidates.
No more. Vote-counting now routinely drags on for days, sometimes weeks.
This is in sharp contrast to the trends for almost every other form of data. Tracking information has now become so easy and cheap that - for example - anyone can go on line and watch every commercial flight in the United States in real time for free, or receive a notification of potential credit card fraud and instantly have the option to close the card,
This failure of speedy vote-counting may seem of interest mainly to journalists and political scientists. After all, the final counts do eventually arrive.
But it is no small matter. It is profoundly dangerous.
It erodes confidence both in the vote itself and in the state’s basic ability to carry out its duties. If New Jersey cannot even determine who has won its highest office with clarity, precision, and speed, why would we trust it to do anything else? It is probably no coincidence that claims of stealing elections have surged since 2000, the first time since 1960 when the voting process itself could credibly have been said to affect a Presidential election.
Both the left and the right are now willing - if not outright eager - to make wild claims that elections will be or are being stolen. Yes, the left too.
So why did New Jersey fail?
Not because turnout was overwhelming, though it was higher than normal for an off-year election. Not because of weather problems or other unforeseeable disasters.
Our voting process has two core problems, one long-standing and one new.
The old is that elections are run at the state, county, and city level, and some of these local authorities are - how do I put this nicely? - more committed to transparency and speed than others. Not surprisingly, the old machine states in the Northeast and Midwest, where election boards have provided a quiet but steady source of patronage for generations, tend to be the worst.
Still, the machine creaked along reasonably well - until the federal move to allow and even encourage voting-by-mail.
Personally, I don’t think people should be allowed to opt out of voting in-person without a documented medical reason. This is NOT an argument against early voting, or weekend voting. I think voting should be as convenient as possible. But making people go to a centralized polling place where observers from both major parties and independents can watch the process is likely to discourage fraud.
I AM NOT SAYING WIDESPREAD FRAUD HAPPENED IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - just that the risk seems higher (at least to me).
But even without fraud, mail-in voting has changed our elections for the worse, especially in the machine states. They are struggling to adapt to the mailed ballots - shocking, I know, that sleepy government bureaucracies are having difficulty with a major structural change. And some states have adopted rules that seem almost designed to make the counting as slow as possible.
So here we are. The process of elections is getting measurably worse - at a real cost to public trust - and no one seems to care.
What does this have to do with clinical trials - and specifically Pfizer’s clinical trial for Comirnaty, aka BNT162b2, aka the mRNA Covid vaccine I am not letting my kids get anywhere near?
Yesterday the BMJ - the only major medical journal to look at all skeptically at the Covid vaccines - published a piece about problems in the Comirnaty pivotal clinical trial last year.
The piece centered on a whistleblower who worked briefly (as in for two weeks) at a company running several trial sites for Pfizer in Texas. The problems she describes do not come close to rising to the level of fraud that would compromise the trial.
But they are ugly and a sign of a deeper problem - in this case, Pfizer’s desperate rush to complete the trial. Just like the vote-counting crisis, they damage public confidence - as they should.
They would, anyway, if anyone in the media would report on them. But unlike election officials, Pfizer doesn’t have to worry about that risk. It can be just about certain no one will follow up on the BMJ’s reporting.
And that failure is even more damaging to public health than the trial errors.
I AM SAYING WIDESPREAD FRAUD HAPPENED IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Also, don’t take the clot shot
I get a kick out of Alex bending over backwards to say he doesn’t believe there was election fraud in 2020 (please my lefty former friends, don’t disown me forever. After I get back on Twitter can I come to your dinner party? ) 30 yrs in Manhattan, Alex, trust me I understand. That said, Trump won, the Democrats cheated and will continue to cheat as long as they get away with it. I’m an independent voter and once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
"No widespread fraud in the 2020 elections" a DEM talking point. There was targeted specific fraud in certain counties in certain states it is not a conspiracy theory the truth is out there if you want to look. Has any other Presidential Election stopped counting in 6 states at 11pm? 2020 was stolen Alex someday you will do the research and find out exactly what happened. Start here: The water main breakage in Fulton County, GA *Spoiler Alert* was widely reported, never happened.
Virginia 11/3/2020 difference? 300k inexplicable votes injected in the middle of the night, most for Biden. This happened in many states. It still amazes me that no one is curious and the algorithms used by Dominion have been kept under the radar. There was widespread fraud in the 2020 election. All eyes were on VA last night so they couldn't do it again without major scrutiny.
As a NJ Deputy Attorney General, I had to monitor elections on each Election Day. Interacting with election officials did not inspire confidence in the system; these officials were unabashedly partisan. We occasionally detected some chicanery, though it always felt like there were many more opportunities for cheating that would fly under our radar.
Yesterday, I went to a polling place to vote. Though I have voted in every election for decades, I was told that my name was no longer in the system and I was required to submit a provisional ballot. When I asked why the change, they said, "We don't know. It's happening a lot today."
I wonder if my vote was counted.
If you're not disabled and can't be bothered to vote in person, you shouldn't vote. If they were giving away $50 bills, people would find a way to get there. They'd even wait in line.
It's hard to believe that any person, who is honest with themselves, can still say that the 2020 election wasn't stolen. Is there enough evidence to overturn the election? No. But there is enough circumstantial evidence to say it's more likely than not that it happened. Too many "glitches", all the key cities in the key swing states stopped counting at the same exact time, but after everyone went home resumed counting and Biden's votes jumped by miraculously the exact number he needed. I can go on and on.
The newer voting systems have far too many opportunities for fraud. The old pull-the-lever voting machines had multiple cross-checks in place: cross-checks of the machine totals matching the number of who showed up at the polls, cross-checks of those who showed at the polls versus registration lists, observers from both parties watching each step of the way. Fewer opportunities for fraud, fewer conspiracy theorists - pure and simple.
Go back to the old way of doing things. If you want respect for the voting process, make the voting process respectable. No electronics, no mail in votes except under extraordinary circumstances, and magically - just like the old days - we'll know the truth by midnight.
How many times are we going to say today that the 2020 presidential election wasn’t stolen, no evidence of widespread fraud, etc etc etc??? It’s absurd and getting so old.
Alex, I encourage you and others to imagine the possibility that the 2020 election might have been rigged with the goal of getting Biden *in* rather than to get Trump *out*. Can you explain why the FBI prevented the public from knowing about Hunter’s laptop? (They had no trouble trotting out the alleged kidnappers in Michigan- about half of whom were working with the FBI as informants.) Instead, Twitter banned the New York Post for reporting the truth on it.
You clearly see that those in the NIH we expect to trust have betrayed us. Is it so far-fetched to think that individuals from other “agencies” also took steps to ensure Biden (and his NIH) would be ensured a clear path to dictate to the public what we put into our bodies?
There are a fair number of Democrats who oppose vaccine mandates (you and RFK, Jr. are among the most prominent). But with Biden as president, those who wish to impose the mandates- and eventually an authoritarian social credit system- have in power a person they can influence/control through payments to Hunter (for starters).
I’m not saying you have to love Trump or his policies. But try to take a step back and view the 2020 election with a focus on the motives and extraordinary power of those who wanted a specific outcome. View it through the same lens you’ve used so effectively for understanding Covid-19 and the pro-vaccine narrative.
Purple ink on your thumb. Show your ID… vote , get a purple thumb. Works for third world countries
So, is Murphy's margin of victory less than the number of people who died in NJ nursing homes due to his policies?
The fact that Democrats want to do away with any kind of ballot security is evidence enough that they have and will cheat. I don't need anymore evidence.
Any person who seriously looks into the 2020 knows that there was WIDESPREAD FRAUD. There is absolutely no doubt about it!!!
Elections need transparency period. Low tech solutions are the best. Hand counted paper ballets cast in local precincts on a national voting holiday. Video recorded and live-streamed counts (the only”high tech” component). Voter IDs required and only verified absentee ballots allowed.
The hypocrisy is that the sheep will go to crowded restaurants unmasked (after they sit down, of course), but can't stand in line—most likely six feet apart, wearing a mask—to perform a three minute process of casting a ballot.
A favorite strategy of the Left is called "Projection" in the psychology world...scream that the Right is doing exactly what the Left is actually doing. The Left cheats in the 2020 election (in a well planned, well financed massive way) and covers it up by blaming the Right of cheating. When I hear them trying to blame the Right for something, I assume that the Left is already doing it, or are planning to.
Alex—Did you not hear/watch Faux news call AZ for “Brandon” with 1% of the vote in 2020??? This is the game: the media pushes The Narrative about the vid, elections, climate change, etc.
The rest of the world can't understand how the US manages to have a system so fragile to run their elections. How can someone vote by mail? How is it acceptable to vote without an ID? how you don't have a system to prevent people being registered in two states?
Look just use common sense. You really think a guy who got the most votes in history, just 9 months in is now "The Brandon Administration"? 2+2 ≠ 4
Alex, you are indeed basically talking about the same issue in that they are intrinsically linked. If fraud is allowed to perpetrate our elections and allow our voices to be muffled, well then shut up an take the jab, your voice doesn’t matter.
This is not some dumb conspiracy, our unelected officials are literally rigging the vote, it starts with the census, trickles in through phantom voters and unclean voter rolls, mainly in big city dem machine precincts. These same Dems/RINOs lavishing in bribes, kick backs, and becoming multi millionaires while in “public service”. All seems legit right?
Enter in billions of vaccine money at stake now tell me the drug companies did not want Biden in place for this debacle. I mean he already showers with his granddaughter, sniffs waaay to many people, is overall just really creepy, and you think he’s gonna protect 5-11 yr olds from the shot?
These people are sick, I don’t need a fact checker to see that. People are dying by the dozens from these vaccines so let’s make young kids who have their whole lives ahead of them take the shot which on the brightest side will give them 6 months of waning efficacy. Follow the money, billions in voting machine contracts, billions in vaccines, billions in stay at home delivery services, and billions on masks and PPE.
I wonder where all that money went? It sure isn’t funding foundations to end poverty in America, nope but at least Biden gets a wall around one of his private residences.
Frankly I’m tired of the federal government squandering all of our hard earned money we pay them as slaves working a solid 3 months every year for free.
It all starts with elections, we protect those and we can avert crisis of child injections and other outlandish and manufactured problems under this administration.
And Let’s Go Brandon
I think the voting “Process” that has “evolved” has done so purposely and insidiously to significantly muddy election results and allow for widespread various frauds to take place. Over time, these fraudulent operations within this “Process” have become the “norm.” The grand result of years of this nibbling-at-honesty here and there, all over our country, has culminated in the biggest fraud in US history: the stealing of the 2020 Presidential election. Alex, it happened— perpetuated, I’m sad to say, by a trusting population (like me) who mistakenly “trusted” those people who should have been trustworthy. This is a sickness among all of us, we Americans, and THAT is the sickness that needs to be cured.
Voting should be only on Election Day & should be MORE difficult, not less.
Approving a “vaccine” should also be more difficult, not less.
I fixed it for you.
Mandating everyone to get "vaccinated" sounds a lot like everyone must accept the election results.
I was waiting for you to comment on the BMJ article…and, in my opinion at least, these accusations are a symptom of a larger disease at Pfizer and our FDA/bureaucracy. The data was tainted and that is a huge issue (a multibillion dollar issue)
Alex, i think you are getting closer to seeing the widespread fraud in the 2020 election. As you state, it makes sense to vote in person in a central location with poll watchers to deter election fraud. Covid 2020 was a tsunami of paper ballots mailed all over. Then the counters claimed to stop counting....
I see a lot of people commenting on the 2020 elections being fraudulent. I will go back to what Pelosi said before the elections in 2020, “we will win by any means necessary” what? You didn’t believe her?
"I AM NOT SAYING WIDESPREAD FRAUD HAPPENED IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION"
Jeez, Alex, surely you understand that it didn't NEED to be "widespread" in order for it to happen and work. Surely you understand this...right? I mean, it doesn't need to happen in any of the reliably blue or reliably red states, in fact, there'd be no point in that.
And most states are either reliably red or reliably blue.
That leaves us with battleground states. Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia in particular (I'm even ignoring likely candidates AZ and NV). TARGETED fraud, NOT widespread fraud, is all it took last year, in those 4 states, for the election to be stolen.
I'll say it 'til I'm blue in the face: this sh*t ONLY happened in a few battleground states, and ONLY in states where and when Trump had comfortable leads well after the polls closed, and ONLY in Democrat big cities - Philly, Detroit, Atlanta - in those few battleground states.
How many electoral votes are in those four states? 62. How many EVs did Trump get credit for? 232. What's 232+62? 294. What do you need to win the presidency? 270 EVs. QED
Do you see NOW why your invoking "widespread" fraud is either ignorant or intellectually dishonest?
Strange choice not to link to The BMJ report (if anyone even makes it that far down past the election stuff). It's here https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2635
I recommend reading the whole thing. Otherwise, I did a list of highlights for the pressed-for-time. https://unglossed.substack.com/p/perfunctory
I don't need someone like Alex to tell me what I have to think. As a critical thinker, I can see for myself that there was fraud in the 2020 election and that these shots are not good for humanity, especially the USA as a whole. He is not going to change my mind on either because the data I see is clear and the corruption and lies I see bare that out. That is both sides by the way, Dem and Repub, two sides of the same coin. What I do value Alex for is the research he does the and info he puts forth. It is part of what I look at when gathering info for my own benefit and he does a concise job of putting stuff together and I thank him for that. If he did that about the election, I would read it as well, but in the end it is not just what he says that makes up my mind. I appreciate his efforts.
There is more than enough fraud disclosed in that BMJ paper, to completely invalidate the trial. The report centered on the named whistleblower, but also mentioned several anonymous ones, and an FDA document. The blinding failures alone are scandalous. There were hundreds of missed PCR tests for possible covid-19 cases, as well as failure to follow up or report adverse events.
Interesting take. I live in Colorado now which has been mailin for a very long time and it runs pretty smoothly. I've had my ballot rejected b/c I forgot to sign it. I have also voted in person. As long as people can't cheat and there is some effort required - whether it be putting your own stamp on the envelope or dropping it off at one of the few secure drop boxes around the city, I'm ok with it. The states that did unsecured ad-hoc mailin in 2020 - that was a complete farce. And Trump has a legit argument, and Alan you need to can the whining about election BS b/c you are dead wrong on that. We will never know who really won in 2020, and that's the point Trump makes and he's DEAD ON RIGHT. That can never happen again.
There was enough election fraud in 2020 to overturn the election and overturn it by a lot. Already proven by direct evidence and statistical analysis. I'm disappointed you haven't looked into the evidence. I'm tired of hearing that X number of judges looked at it and ruled there was no fraud. There was not a single judge that looked at it, including gutless SCOTUS.
And here's another mystifyingly obtuse statement:
"So here we are. The process of elections is getting measurably worse - at a real cost to public trust - and no one seems to care."
NO, Alex - no one ON THE LEFT seems to care. WE on the Right care a g/d great deal. It should be obvious to you WHY no one on the Left seems to care that election integrity is in the crapper, and why seemingly only folks on the Right care a great deal.
The magic word is...fraud.
Look into it one of these days maybe.
Alex is thisclose to getting it.
"Walk into the light."
It’s like Alex is trying to piss us off today.
“ no doubt in part because editors there knew that the longer it went without a declared winner, the more conspiracy theories would flourish.”
Please stop calling people who voted for President Trump, Trumpers. We are all different. Why are there no obamaers or bushers? Just more rhetoric to divide. My CV according to liberal media would have pegged me a Democrat. Wrong.
Media corporations such as the NYT buy real-time data feeds of election results from Edison Research. How does Edison get real-time data feeds? From the election machines.
US elections are a rigged gameshow. The Price is Right.
No fraud. Look at the Supreme Court in Pennsylvania mostly appointed by a Democrat Governor overriding the laws passed by the Legislators. Under the U. S. Constitution state legislatures determine how elections are to take place in each state. Not the Governor or the State Supreme Court. Alex, this apparently doesn't sound fraudulent to you?
There was literally a 3 am vote dump in NJ that annihilated Ciattarelli's lead. Why does this stuff only happen to benefit Democrats ?? Why is there NEVER a 3 am massive dump that puts a Republican over the edge? Why always in the early morning hours when everyone is asleep? Why is this always happening in a deep blue voting district
I wish we could get some reporters s to start digging in hard on this crap
It's been 21 months since the counting began - can anyone tell us who won the Dem Iowa caucus of early 2020? What was it 24 candidates or so who spent two years working to win that thing - not one complained when they just threw it in the trash without finishing the count.
The Media (democrats) want chaos so they can cheat and this didn't start in 2020. I remember elections going back decades where EVERY election day precincts in KC, St. Louis, Memphis found a judge to keep their voting open for several hours past the deadline.
Precincts in Madison and Milwaukee along with Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach would never announce their votes until they were certain no one one else had votes outstanding. Why not? If the votes are all real - just show them. Same places always had problems with the ballot layout that they designed themselves, lawsuits against themselves if they didn't win...
Michigan and Illinois were often noncompetitive elections - the news used to show caravans of buses with Michigan and Illinois people pulling into Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio to register and vote on Election Day. They all showed the same newly signed electric and phone bill to prove residency.
Look at 2016, Jill Stein of the Green Party with < 1% of the vote sues four states for a recount/examination. She is granted it in all four with obviously no way to actually win. In 2020, Trump with 49.9%+ of the vote sues in same states for recount/exam - denied - he doesn't have a path to win. The goal for Stein and other recounts (see Georgia 2020, see Florida 2000) is to quickly co-mingle all the ballots set aside into the rest of the ballots. The set-asides happen when someone says they made an error and want a new ballot and when someone isn't registered to vote in the precinct and gets a provisional ballot to vote that is also set aside.
Sidebar on Stein in Michigan - Detroit publicly said before the recount that there is no way their reported vote totals would match the ballots they had. The recount started anyway. Several sealed bags of ballots that said basically, Clinton 804, Trump 452, Stein 4 on the outside were opened. Inside, there were only 130 ballots in total. As they started to count - Clinton's vote totals were falling faster than Trump's - building his lead. Stein immediately requested the recount stop. The courts did not order it to continue to further look into the election night fraud.
Maria Cantwell is a senator in Washington due to fraud - She lost to Gordon on election night, she lost the recount, then thousands of ballots were found in a trunk after that - she goes ahead by 500 votes "WE'RE DONE!!! She wins."
Al Franken lost election night, lost two recounts to Norm Coleman, then "sorry someone forgot they took a bunch of ballots home with them last Tuesday. So Franken won and we're done recounting and already certified before we announced this news." No review of anything.
When it comes to mail in voting, I am not in support. My first vote for a US President was done with an absentee ballot from somewhere in the Pacific ocean on a US Navy ship. It was special and exciting to me at 19 years of age. That should be about it other than true invalids. People need to go to the polls. How do I know mail in voting is rife with fraud? Because the left is pushing for it almost as hard as Covid lockdowns. Anything they want this badly is not healthy for the Country. Period. Pray. Plan. Prepare. Resist.
If you don’t think widespread voter fraud happened in 2020 then you believe that Joe Biden actually received 81 million votes but yet you’re somehow cynical of Fauci????
That’s a lot of if when and buts. 🤦🏻♂️
Back in 1976 - my first election - I was the supervising judge at a precinct polling place. We used paper ballots, marked with pencils. No machines of any kind. Voting started at 7 in the morning, and we closed the doors at 7pm - and the last person to vote did so at 9:30pm - if they showed up by 7pm they were allowed to vote. We counted with two teams of one person reading ballots aloud, one person making tally marks on a sheet of paper, observed by election watchers. The two teams had to absolutely agree two times in a row - so we ended up counting three times, first time someone screwed up and was off by a vote. The total process took until midnight, and then we sewed the ballots together with a big steel needle, put them in a bag, and I put the official seal on the bag, and took it to the county courthouse along with the results. I was done at 12:30am, and the statewide election results were known by 1:30 in the morning. All of this was on paper and hand counted. I think we should go back to that way, it was far quicker.
I live in Oklahoma. Don't seem to have election fraud claims here. Paper ballots inserted into a machine counter. Paper can always be audited. Gotta prove identity when voting and sign a book with your name preprinted. Can early vote at central site. Have absentee ballots that have to be notarized and sent in before election day. Fairly efficient unless the ballot is mucked up with a bunch of city and state questions during a presidential election year as was the case in 2020.
This isn't complicated.
Yep, hardened realist here, people in positions of power authority and influence are corrupt immoral and cruel until proven otherwise….
Physicians have become zeros, not heroes now, and frankly, the damage they have done to the healthcare system per trust and compliance by patients will NOT be repaired for years, if not a generation of time.
When truth hopefully does win out, vaccines will be exposed as the intent to take out the Left and their ilk saw as inconsequential irrelevant and disposable…
You know, me and you as a start?!…
stop mail ballots unless proven absentee, ballot harvesting, machine voting, no ID bull, bussing people in, kicking out observers, and maybe we stop saying Democrats cheat. ALL of the preceding happened in 2020, to an incredible degree.
Exactly. There are real problems here that erode public trust. The time to count; methods like machines that hook to the internet; mail in voting without legitimate reasons; mailing out applications to anyone without a request; ballot harvesting; voter ID; signature verification and address verification, etc. This is crucial and should benefit all Americans. Democrats think legalizing no rules will help them, but eventually it will hurt them, too. Eventually someone they don't want in there will be able to cheat better than they do and no way to monitor a thing. Confidence in government is at an all-time low and we certainly do not trust these drug companies or these health agencies.
Over 80,000,000 votes for Brandon. The election was rigged. I will say it.
"I AM NOT SAYING WIDESPREAD FRAUD HAPPENED IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - [..]"
and that's ok. You will eventually though.
Alex, I love how you tell all of us who know that there was fraud in 2020 to now settle down just bc VA went to a Republican. Then go in to state that a county in NJ double counted votes that favored Murphy, hm. And regarding elections everything’s fine; except CA which is an outlier. I live in that outlier and I know CA is handing out state driver’s licenses to illegals which then gives them the opportunity to register to vote fraudulently. The big population centers are using CA as their example of how to “stack the deck”! Biden received a ton of votes! Can’t deny that. But can’t also deny that there was fraud, and with mail in ballots, there will always be considerable more fraud.
It’s always astounded me how 99% of all voting irregularities favor the democrats ie NJ, hm!