In any election, fraud can turn up, or lightning can strike

Yehyun Kim :: ctmirror.org

donning masks and gloves, volunteer people open absentee ballots, be sure that they’re signed and stamped, and put into a desktop to count number on Elecetion Day 2020 at the Hartford city hall.

To folks that are surprised that the 2020 presidential election is continuing via recount and critiques for knowledge voter fraud, i can let you know that in elections, like in lifestyles, you can’t be guaranteed of fairness and you may additionally acquire  sudden breaks.

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Gary A. Franks

In my first election for Congress 30 years in the past in Connecticut, I noticed both; and many who have engaged in political battles might also appreciate this truth. And notwithstanding I have at all times been a little of a political aberration, i can say that I actually have seen election improprieties up shut and private.

This became a COVID-19 election. COVID led to the want for mail-in votes which create a variety of state election methods. COVID caused more mail-in votes for defense motives, nevertheless it opened the door to the probability for voter fraud. It must be cited that even right through typical elections there had been cases of fraud. it’s low-cost to consider that fraud may have happened in this presidential election and it’s for the best that we make certain it did not.

Can challenges to the chances be price pursuing?  i am evidence of that every now and then the answer is yes. I went to the Congressional nominating conference in 1990 in fifth place out of 5 candidates with low man out being the initial rule. beneath the probability of a lawsuit, the procedure played out for seven hours and that i become the unanimous alternative of the delegates. You determine. praise God.

I have experienced and viewed the internal workings of election fraud in my view. truly, i was helped in my victory 30 years ago when Democrats within the biggest city in my Connecticut district have been at conflict with each and every different as a result of the arrests and convictions of up to 10 individuals, equally divided among the two factions because of blatant election fraud. When the person heading one of the factions turned into working in opposition t me for Congress, I naturally benefited.

4 years later my opponent’s brother dedicated 17 federal election crimes in opposition t me that might have warranted 17 years in detention center and a $1.7 million great. problem here was nobody instructed me, and he pleaded responsible three years later after I lost my election. He turned into given house arrest, probation and a small first-class.

Two years later I had reviews from the group of my opponent’s crew giving out “new names and addresses” to folks to have the ‘running dead’ vote. take into account in many states only reciting your name and tackle of someone on the voting rolls would can help you vote.

As an elected legitimate for 12 years unless the age of 43, I often drew the ire of liberal Democrats. i was frequently called an aberration as a Black Republican, a conservative in liberal Connecticut.  About 25 years in the past i used to be physically attacked on the stairs of a federal courthouse with the aid of the father of a sitting Congresswoman (he was arrested for attacking a Congressman/me) because of my testimony before the U.S. court of Appeals in Savannah, GA for the “heresy” of saying that “we did not should have Black districts, brown districts, yellow districts, or red districts in order for minorities, Blacks in particular, to get elected to Congress. We basically mandatory American Districts.”  My district turned into 92% white. The court agreed.

i was against racial gerrymandering, a “crime” that got me temporarily booted from the Congressional Black Caucus at the time.  Election fraud and manipulation has been deep inside my political DNA.

So, can unhealthy issues take place in our political manner? yes, however lighting fixtures can strike you, too. I simply have had a hell of lots of lighting fixtures strikes in my day and it could turn up in the presidential election of 2020.

Gary A. Franks served because the U.S. representative for Connecticut’s fifth District from 1991 to 1997. He become the first Black Republican elected to the condo in nearly 60 years and was New England’s first Black member of the condo. 

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