The 2020 presidential election is still undecided as of Thursday afternoon, but substantial doubt has been cast over the results as significant voting irregularities have cropped up in key battleground states across the country.
The discussion over counting legal votes — and blocking illegal votes — is stimulating buzz nationwide, and even in Vermont, one of the most anti-Trump states in the country. Vermonters have taken to social media to cheer on Democrat challenger Joe Biden as he nears the 270 vote electoral vote threshold to become president.
New House member and Progressive/Democrat Tanya Vyhovsky was one of many locals to call for making sure all votes — emphasis on all — are counted.
This election has been unprecedented. We need to be ready to organize, to demand justice for all no matter the outcome. The moment we are in right now is a symptom of a much larger problem. #vtpoli #CountEveryVote #JusticeForAll https://t.co/vyuxKIrzmi
— Tanya Vyhovsky for Vermont (@tanyavforvt) November 5, 2020
Among the irregularities being widely discussed include tallies in states like Michigan rising by hundreds of thousands of votes in the early hours of Nov. 4 while most Americans slept. The Trump administration is suing over issues of limited access to vote counting stations, and disputing the constitutionality of counting votes received by election officials after Election Day.
Vermonters have been particularly vocal in siding with Biden under the mantra that “every vote must be counted.” Vermont Conservation Voters, for example, posted highlights of a “Protect The Results” event in favor of Biden at Montpelier.
Vermonters are gathering in Montpelier to defend our democracy and #ProtectTheResults. VCV has joined a coalition of Vermont organizations supporting these national events here in Vermont. Sign up at https://t.co/BWID4mUyo1. #vtpoli pic.twitter.com/ZxyTtvqzr4
— Vermont Conservation Voters (@VoteGreenVT) November 4, 2020
Hours before the polls closed Tuesday, Vermont Racial Justice Society was pushing the narrative that remaining mail-in ballots will be an issue of contention.
“Every one counts. Every vote counts. And every vote must be counted,” the group’s Election Day newsletter states. “These are values we all hold, and they are not negotiable.”
Another Vermonter, Rama Schneider, who lost his race for an Orange-1 House district seat, posted on Twitter, without evidence, that he thinks the Republican Party engages in voter suppression.
What does a review of the pre-election polls tell us? For one thing, we see the voter turnout required to overcome trump-mcconnell-gop-vtgop voter suppression and election fraud (the difference between pre-election polling and vote counts). #vtpoli #NotMeUs @Greg_Palast
— Rama Schneider (@RamaSchneider) November 5, 2020
As of Thursday afternoon, Biden and Trump are still awaiting final results from a handful of states, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska.
As for the electoral map, CNN has Biden leading Trump with an electoral vote count of 253-213. Fox News has Biden up 264-214.
The account “America needs Pennsylvania” tweeted that Trump supporters are interfering with the election, and called on “principled Republicans” like Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to join the “every vote counts” chorus.
The chant to stop counting ballots before the election is over, that's a Republican party joint.@MassGovernor, how about a #CountEveryVote refrain from principled Republicans who claim the right to define 'Republican'? @GovPhilScott @LarryHogan #mapoli #vtpoli #mdpolitics https://t.co/DvhqppvLuu
— America needs Pennsylvania #papolitics (@RWwatchMA) November 5, 2020
The president has taken to Twitter to claim victory in multiple states and to make a claim that election fraud is happening in Michigan and elsewhere.
We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
…..there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
Twitter labeled the tweets as misinformation, stating “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civil process.”
That hasn’t stopped the message from getting out. Trump campaign manager Bill Stephen pointed to “reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results”
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien:
"There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.” pic.twitter.com/YwiNAxzocx
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) November 4, 2020
Wisconsin was one of the states that took a dramatic last-minute turn in favor of Biden in the wee hours of the morning following Nov. 3. A sudden addition of over 138,000 votes for Biden, without one single ballot for Trump, even had CNN news commentator Chris Cuomo visibly bewildered, as seen in a video posted by OffGuardian.
— OffGuardian (@OffGuardian0) November 4, 2020
Similar 100 percent vote dumps for Biden in Michigan were observed in the twilight hours, as noted by Federalist political editor John Daniel Davison.
In another Wisconsin revelation, undercover journalist organization Project Veritas published an interview with a Michigan United States Postal Service whistleblower who is claiming that his superior instructed employees to back-date mail-in-ballots that were sent after Election Day.
BREAKING: Michigan @USPS Whistleblower Details Directive From Superiors: Back-Date Late Mail-In-Ballots As Received November 3rd, 2020 So They Are Accepted
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 5, 2020
In Detriot, Michigan, which was still counting ballots as of late Wednesday afternoon, a video emerged of poll watchers being blocked from observing the ballot counts.
The scene at Detroit’s absentee ballot counting center is growing more heated. The windows now being covered up. Allegations of violations. Sec. of State says she welcomes challenges. pic.twitter.com/oUL4A0h3Ku
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) November 4, 2020
Further fueling doubts about the vote-count in Detriot was at least 38,000 mail-in ballots arrived around 3:45 am after Election Day.