Joseph Stalin apocryphally said that who votes doesn’t matter, it’s who counts the votes. Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie sums up the treachery we are likely to experience tying to vote in the 2022 Pie Fight:
THREAT ASSESSMENT, PART I — Even as our voting systems have gotten more secure in recent decades, the wave of voter fraud conspiracy theories and political threats to election officials portend a dark future, The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta reports. “The great threat is no longer machines malfunctioning or ballots being spoiled. It is the actual theft of an election,” he writes. “This makes for a terrifying scenario in 2024—but first, a crucial test in 2022,” perhaps the last opportunity to stop 2020 election deniers from controlling future elections.
This means that you must vote down-ballot against Wingnuttia. Usually the Secretary of State is the elected official that handles elections and election integrity. If your state has a Big Lie enthusiast or anyone who supports Hair Füror running for that office, you need to work your ass off against that person. This is DefCon 1.
THREAT ASSESSMENT, PART II — The prospect of an insider threat from poll workers themselves tampering with election infrastructure is growing as a November worry, especially in Michigan, Zach Montellaro reports. “Current and former officials expressed concerns about there being an organized effort by partisan groups to recruit and push people into those positions, because their responsibility should be to report to professional election staff.”
THREAT ASSESSMENT, PART III — A DHS briefing Monday warned that challenges to the election in November could range from foreign disinformation changes to violence against poll workers, per WSJ’s Aruna Viswanatha and Dustin Volz. Despite a panoply of risks, disinformation and higher-than-ever harassment of election officials, the administration “hasn’t seen foreign actors specifically target U.S. election systems with cyber operations this year as they have done during past cycles.”
The entire left coast are now all vote-by-mail states, and so while I am not expecting much in the way of polling place drama (here in Warshington there are no polling places), but I do wonder what might be in store at the places where the votes are counted. Even here in Liberaland, maybe we need to be available to witness the counting?