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South Carolina Lawmaker: ‘Minority Clerks’ To Blame For Electoral Irregularities

Reformers sound a sour note …

I have always believed there were irregularities in the 2020 election – many of them foisted upon us by the Covid-19 regime and the dramatic escalation of voting by mail. Having said that, these irregularities were never conclusively proven – and certainly were never proven to have changed the outcome of the race.

Does that mean the 2020 election was legitimate? No … and every time I read a mainstream media article shouting down credible criticisms I am reminded to keep raising those questions.

Still, the bottom line is former U.S. president Donald Trump and others who claimed the 2020 election was stolen never made their case – as evidenced by the fact his own appointees to the U.S. supreme court ruled against him.

What did they prove? That America has a long way to go to ensure the sanctity of the ballot – and public faith in the outcome of our elections. Which is why in the aftermath of the disputed election my outlet began pushing hard for reform.

“Whether you think the 2020 election was on the level or not, we should all believe in the principle of unus civis, una suffragium – ‘one citizen, one vote,'” I noted at the time. “Nothing is more indispensable to the notion of representative government than trusting the process by which our representatives are chosen.”

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Unfortunately, those pushing the stolen election narrative keep sounding sour notes. For example, state representative Rob Harris of Wellford, S.C. – part of the SC Safe Elections group – recently took to an online chat group to offer up an interesting theory regarding alleged irregularities in the Palmetto State.

According to Harris, the problem is … black election officials.

“Fact: 100 percent of problem precincts had minority clerks,” Harris wrote in the chat group, specifically referencing the November 2022 election in his district (S.C. House District 36).

Wait … what?

I’m sorry but … is this guy serious?

Harris was unopposed in his 2022 reelection bid. He captured 97.97 percent of the vote in the general election – or 8,607 of 8,785 ballots cast.

Is he seriously saying his own race was rigged? By black poll workers?

I did some back-of-the-napkin math and discovered there were forty-eight poll workers in Harris’ district last fall – ten clerks and 38 poll managers. Five of these clerks were white, four were black and one was Asian. Of the poll managers, 31 were white and seven were black.

Is Harris really alleging the existence of a race-based conspiracy amongst the minority election officials in this group?

Perhaps he was just race-baiting … something I condemn no matter which side is doing the baiting.

Again, Harris was unopposed in 2022. And zooming the lens out further, not a single election in all of Spartanburg County was even remotely competitive last fall. GOP straight ticket voters outnumbered Democrats by more than a 2-to-1 margin and the closest race in the county – the top-of-the-ticket governor’s election – was decided by a whopping 32.83 percentage points.

It was a Republican romp.

But we are not to trust these results because of … black people?

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Again, I am not saying we do not need a dramatic overhaul of our electoral processes. In fact, I’ve been saying that for years. In May of 2020 – seven months before the contested fall election – I addressed the issue of mail-in voting extensively, arguing that if properly implemented it could actually be more secure than in-person voting (especially if it created a more definitive “paper trail” of ballots requested and cast).

Does that mean I think mail-in voting should replace conventional elections? No …

“Voting by mail should never replace in-person voting,” I noted at the time. “Should it be an option for those who legitimately need it? Absolutely. And should it be available to anyone based on voter preference? Perhaps. But elections should still be held on election day – and people who are able to vote in person should do so.”

Beyond that, mail-in voting should be upon request only. In other words, only those who specifically ask for an absentee ballot should be sent one – with narrow windows for receipt and return. Also, submission of a valid photo identification should always be part of the application process – along with a sworn oath or affirmation acknowledging criminal culpability for any misuse or fraud.

No valid ID, no ballot.  No signed oath, no ballot. Period.

I understand these proposals are not to the liking of Harris and others who want hand-counted, hand-marked paper ballots – with counts publicly observed and videotaped.

They just don’t trust the machines – even though there has been zero evidence of rigged elections in the Palmetto State.

But whatever your proposed election reform solution (and my news outlet is welcome to any idea) advocates like Harris hurt their credibility with bizarre race-based claims.

Seriously … if someone is rigging an election (or trying to), does their skin color make any damn difference?

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Will Folks (Dylan Nolan)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven (soon to be eight) children.

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14 comments

J Monday Top fan October 19, 2023 at 7:00 am

Spot on with more election reform & oversight needed. I am in the camp that believes the 2020 election was stolen & that there was a concerted effort to make it happen. I watched it unfold real time beginning with unsolicited mail in ballots & lax voter ID oversight. (See 2000 Mules) I also witnessed the disinformation campaign & suppression of relevant information on social media & in mainstream media outlets during that election cycle. It concluded with watching election returns on election night, as I always have, & the mysterious happenings in key swing states. Several of them stopped counting for one reason or another “for the night” (Georgia due to a bogus water leak?) with Trump ahead. When it resumed hours later, the tables had turned drastically. Hundreds of thousands of ballots showed up where they needed them to. I remember feeling sick in my heart for days fearing that our country would never have another free & fair election. The last 3 years have done nothing to reassure me or restore the faith. I am not a conspiracy theorist at all, but I believe there was one in 2020 that continues today. Do I think Barack Obama or Bill Clinton were elected illegitimately? Not at all. Biden? 100%

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MAGA is too dumb October 19, 2023 at 11:02 am

wow, a shut in internet smooth who just follows what it’s conspiracy sites tell it.

So, we need to redo all the elections in Red States too because of……..internet conspiracy sites?

Idiot.

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lol…that’s rich October 19, 2023 at 11:07 am

poor dummy.

Republicans are so unpopular with most voters Biden easily win again.

You crazy republicans can’t even elect a Speaker of the House…..with the MAJORITY.

That is straight up crazy.

Republicans are so childish and incompetent they can’t even do the most basic functions of government.

That is why Republicans keep getting stomped on during the last three election cycles. Just wait till 2024!

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Too late, liar October 19, 2023 at 11:37 am

Trump’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, has plead guilty of election interference in Georgia.

Republican, Sidney Powell. She even has to write an apology letter to the voters of Georgia.

You’d think someone would have let FitsNews know, so embarrassingly hack blog posts like this one could be shelved.

lol

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Another Republican L October 19, 2023 at 11:44 am

Here’s an actual fact for you (no conspiracies or lies).

Sidney Powell has plead guilty to…….interfering in a Presidential election. You know, the 2020 election that Biden STILL won. Even with a coordinated effort by the Republican Party.

Sidney is going to spill ALL the beans.

Of course, lying fools like you will ignore and pretend this isn’t happening, but it is.

FOFA traitors.

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Dianne Lopp Top fan October 19, 2023 at 12:52 pm

If that’s what you TRULY believe—even though your team lost in every court including the conservative Supreme Court, then you know whom you need to blame? Your burnt orange sweet potato that you worship. Think about it: if what you believe is true—the greatest election heist in history happened on his watch—and other only that—it happened and he could never produce a shred of evidence that could stand scrutiny in court. What a loser—double entendre totally intended.

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jbl1a October 19, 2023 at 7:46 am

So let me get the straight Will, are you calling Harris a racist because he is stating what appears to be a statistic? If so you are as ignorant and biased as many leftists….

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lol…that’s rich October 19, 2023 at 11:00 am

lol

American voters do not like Republicans policies or politicians. Just look how stupid and comically inept your GQP reps in Congress and the Senate. The last three election cycles have made that more and more clear.

There is no conspiracy by Democrats or move to disenfranchise Republican voters. Red States are doing that just fine all on their own.

So, Will Folks takes the now typical Republican trope of lying, lying, and lying till the courts rain down charges (what happened to all that bragging an affair with Nikki Haley, Will?)

Republicans will continue their slide into irrelevancy and insanity while getting checked in the courts when they try more unconstitutional stunts.

Republicans are the ONLY people illegally interfering with our elections.

If you want safe and secure elections…follow Colorado’s model.

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Dianne Lopp Top fan October 19, 2023 at 12:36 pm

I’m SHOCKED, I tell you, no, STUNNED, NO, I’m just this side of fainting from an inability to accept reality (oh, sorry—that’s Will in this article: “I have no proof but I will always believe in 2020 election ‘irregularities’—again, I have NO proof even though my political party moved heaven and earth to try to find it-?what’s proof got to do with belief anyway?”)—that a MAGA nutbar blamed black people for a nonexistent problem Clutching my pearls.

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Oops October 19, 2023 at 11:16 am

Sidney Powell just accepted a plea deal in the Georgia election interference trial. You know, diehard Republican lawyer for your god, Trump.

So, what were you saying about whatever?

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Nope October 19, 2023 at 11:20 am

Will Folks complete and willful misrepresentation of mail-in voting is a typical Republican lie.

Look up Colorado’s model voting system.

Republicans want to restrict and limit voting as much as they can. As this articles and Red State policies total show.

Republicans want our Country to resemble Russia. They don’t even hide it or pretend otherwise anymore.

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Anonymous October 23, 2023 at 8:05 am

Ah yes, Comrade Folksiluvputinsac is doing a wonderful job pushing Russian misinformation on his 100% honest, totally believable, always right all the time, website. Your payment of 1000 rubles will be wired to secret Central Bank of Russia account and your beautiful dacha in sunny Siberia is ready for you, your zhena, Mrs. Folksiluvputinsac and your seven deti.

Keep up the good work, and I will arrange for you to get the “Trump Treatment” as referenced in the Steele dossier! Our KGB U.S. based assets have compiled quite the dos’ye on you. For example, we know how much you loved Niki “Nookie” Haley pissing on you. You and your former president/burnt orange idol Trump share a fetish! Who Knew? (well we knew as we bugged your favorite hookup places, including but not limited to, a shitty Volvo automobile). But I digress. You are my best drug (translation of friend in Russian!).

Comrade Folksiluvputinsac, I will have the latest copy of Russian propaganda for your you shortly, just in time for your election day on November!

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Colonel Molotov

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CongareeCatfish Top fan October 23, 2023 at 10:28 am

Scratching my head and rolling my eyes at what appears to be journalistic laziness….why doesn’t someone at FITS call this guy directly and ask him to explain himself – demand details. Then, compare what says in terms of those details to the available factual information, and advise us, the public, as to whether there is any merit to his comments whatsoever, and any added factual context that the politician is omitting that would make a difference. Maybe something like: “his comments are completely factually baseless”, or “while there were some issues or discrepancies as described, but in the larger factual picture, the statement was pointless because it had almost zero effect on the election outcome.” Instead we just get a single, short blind quote, with no link or meaningful citation, followed by Will’s copious “how things ought to be” statement. I guess this is what we get when straight news gets mixed and folded into the editorial cake-batter.

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Ralph Hightower Top fan October 28, 2023 at 9:03 pm

It is inconceivable that seven million American citizens conspired to risk jail and penalties to commit voter fraud.

I said it in 2016, that both political parties f’ed up in 2016. The Democrats picked Hillary because it was “her turn”.

Whereas the Republicans chose a candidate that was, and still is, unqualified and unfit to serve as president. He thinks that he can lead by fear and intimidation. Trump does not like living under a microscope; however, every president’s words and actions are scrutinized. Every president can expect praise and also condemnation.

Why did Trump decide to run for president? I can only surmise that it occurred in his penthouse apartment when one of his sons said “Father, when I grow up, I want to be president.” To which, Trump said “Here, Barron. Hold my beer. Watch this!”

For those southern transplants “Here, hold my beer. Watch this!” is said when the person is about to do something incredibly stupid that, perhaps, gets them listed on the Darwin Awards website.

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