I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say this, but we really need to shore up our elections in every state. Every single one. That’s because in every state that has bothered to take a closer look at what happened in 2020 – including deep-red states that Joe Biden had no chance of winning – there were major problems. For example, there is a massive scandal unfolding in the state of Montana right now, which relates to the 2020 election.
Donald Trump safely won Montana by more than 16 points, but guess what? Trump might have won Montana by 20 or even 25 points. His victory margin was narrower than it should have been, because of something that happened in Democrat-controlled cities.
In Missoula County, Montana – the second most-populous county in the state – this scandal was first discovered back in January of 2021. It was a couple of days before the fake “insurrection,” so it sort of got lost in the shuffle of everything else going on. Because Trump won Montana so handily, most of us in other parts of the country didn’t even pay attention to this incident.
Here’s what happened.
Republicans successfully sued for a recount of the mail-in envelopes in Missoula County right after the 2020 election. The envelope, of course, has a voter’s signature on it. It’s the only way to tell whether a mail-in ballot is valid and legal, because you can match up the signatures to make sure that ballot was cast by the intended voter.
County election officials in Missoula turned over 29 boxes of envelopes. The January 4, 2021, recount found the total to be 67,899 ballot envelopes. And that was a problem, because Missoula County had 72,491 official mail-in votes. Where did 4,592 ballot envelopes go? That amount comes to 6.3% of all the mail-in ballots in Missoula County that couldn’t be verified as real or accurate.
County election offices have just one job: Run elections. Imagine for a second that you had a 6.3% failure rate at your main job. If a waitress gets 6.3% of her customers’ orders wrong, would she be able to keep her job for very long? Probably not. Most of us have to do our jobs correctly, and we have to be near 100% accurate all the time, especially on the main thing that we do. But no one got fired for this in Missoula County.
Fast forward to this year, and Republicans in Missoula County successfully sued for another recount of the ballot envelopes there. That recount just happened on March 29th. This time, the county turned over 31 boxes of ballot envelopes (two more boxes than in the 2021 recount). And this time there were 72,420 ballot envelopes. Only 71 envelopes were missing this time.
There are only two possible explanations for why more than 4,500 ballot envelopes materialized out of thin air for that second recount. The first possible reason is the blazing incompetence and stupidity of Democrat election officials. Under normal circumstances, most of us could probably agree that Democrats are terrible at their jobs and not very bright. But since there were “anomalies” and “irregularities” like this in every locality where the Democrats were in charge of elections in 2020, the second explanation makes more sense.
Montana state Representative Brad Tschida (R-Helena) sums up that reason nicely:
“In the 15 months since January 4, 2021, two extra boxes of counterfeit envelopes were generated by wrongdoers.”
There’s a really easy way to sort all of this out. Republicans could go back and watch the surveillance tapes in the counting rooms on the night of the 2020 election. Everything was recorded, so it would take some time, but you could do it. Just visually count every envelope as it was being counted by election workers, and you could come up with the exact number of mail-in ballot envelopes they had on election night.
Oh, but wait. Missoula Republicans can’t do that. Because a month after the discrepancy was discovered last year, someone in Missoula County violated federal election law by erasing the videos.
This is exactly what it looks like, and none of us should beat around the bush when describing it. This was more Democrat Party fraud in the 2020 election. This is why we need to be working in every single state to shore up our elections. If they’re willing to brazenly cheat in Montana, they’ll do it anywhere.