What does it mean to a voter when someone claims an election is “rigged”? Does it mean that illegal votes are being cast? Does it mean a systematic bias against a candidate, like when Senator Elizabeth Warren claimed the 2016 Democratic primary was “rigged” in favor of Hillary Clinton? (Warren would then have the temerity to scold Trump for invoking the phrase ahead of his ultimately victorious 2016 presidential bid.) Does claiming an election was ‘rigged’ mean something very specific, suggesting Americans should tread lightly when uttering the suddenly forbidden phrase?
Oxford defines ‘rig’ in one sense as “the particular way in which a sailboat’s masts, sails, and rigging are arranged.” But in reference to elections, it merely means “to arrange or influence something in a dishonest way in order to get the result that you want.”
Thus, it is not controversial to point out that the 2020 election was “rigged” in that numerous states ahead of the 2020 presidential election coordinated to implement unlawful state election rules that violate constitutional due process.
“We know that five states, some of the five key states that were critical in this election, changed their election law in an unconstitutional fashion,” Rep. Jim Jordan, a House Judiciary Member, correctly pointed out on January 6.
Beyond the unlawful state election changes, such as mass mailings of ‘no excuse’ absentee ballots, as well as the use of ‘Zuckerberg boxes,’ or absentee ballot drop boxes put predominately in heavy blue districts, there are several more lesser-known, and indeed, extraordinary ways the U.S. election system is rigged to benefit the Democratic Party.
The Federalist’s Joy Pullmann recently delved into the topic of election-rigging and unearthed some truly shocking revelations. Her article is based on the new Mollie Hemingway book called, “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.” I highly recommend it and it has some cases that I skip over or only touch on. I also add a few more cases and add commentary of my own. Here are seven of the major takeaways from the book on how U.S. elections have been “rigged” for decades.
The DNC Controlled All Poll Watchers for 40 Years
“Shockingly, the 2020 contest was the first presidential election since Reagan’s first successful run in 1980 in which the Republican National Committee could play any role whatsoever in Election Day operations,” Hemingway writes.
“For nearly 40 years, the Democratic National Committee had a massive systemic advantage over its Republican counterpart: the Republican National Committee had been prohibited by law from helping out with poll watcher efforts or nearly any litigation related to how voting is being conducted.”
“Democrats had spent the last forty years perfecting their Election Day operations while everyone at the Republican National Committee walked on eggshells, knowing that if they so much as looked in the direction of a polling site, there could be another crackdown,” she added. “As a result, there was no muscle memory about how to watch polls or com…