(Chuck Muth) – I received a snide email from the campaign manager of a former state Assembly candidate on Sunday who claimed her candidate “had proof of 42,000 fraudulent votes in Nevada.”
No he didn’t.
He had suspicions based on mail being returned to his campaign. But he failed to do the hard work of actually verifying and documenting his claim and reporting his suspicions properly to election officials.
Not the case for our Pigpen Project “Cleaners” who hit the ground Saturday morning for the first time.
While “beta testers” here in Nevada continue to run a new software program designed to quickly and easily identify suspicious registrations through its paces, the Pigpen Project’s data analyst, Dan Burdish, came up with his own list of anomalies based on National Change of Address (NCOA) data from the post office.
And five teams of volunteers hit the ground and knocked on doors Saturday for a couple hours to actually verify if the person registered at a particular address still lived there.
During this short, initial test canvass, the Cleaners found 33 active registered voters who no longer lived at the address where they were registered.
More importantly – and unlike those screeching “FRAUD!” without actually documenting it – our Cleaners had the current homeowner sign the official “Residency Discrepancy Report” provided by the Clark County Registrar of Voters (ROV) attesting to the fact that the voter no longer lives there.
Those official reports have now been submitted to the ROV for further action.
THIS is how you do it, folks.
You don’t make wild allegations on social media without backing it up. And you don’t trash election officials when you haven’t done the hard work necessary for those officials to take action.
This is a critically important project focused on better securing our elections in Nevada and I can’t thank the volunteers who have been working on this project enough.
Thanks to them, we now KNOW this project can successfully help election officials clean our voter rolls so that only lawfully eligible voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots next year.
And it’s only going to get bigger and faster once the software program is finalized and rolled out.
Every non-eligible voter we can remove from the active voter registration files is one less mail-in ballot floating around that has the potential of being fraudulently cast – like the one in 2020 where a man was caught voting his deceased wife’s ballot.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
And to those who keep screaming “voting fraud” and casting doubt on the integrity of our elections: If you’re not doing the hard work we’re doing to actually verify and document suspicious registrations…
Put a sock in it.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“The Postal Service and Postal Inspection Service have seen an increase in robberies of letter carriers and mail theft, as crime has risen across the country.” – Michael Martel of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, USA Today, 7/5/23
The Pigpen Project is a project of Citizen Outreach Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) grassroots organization founded in 1992. Donations are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.