Now the ‘Stop the Steal’ crowd is complaining about the Fort Worth city election
Now we know more about who is behind those devious postcards asking Fort Worth voters to log into a website and "verify" our votes.
The allies of the Michael Flynn-Sidney Powell Circus of Stolen Elections here now want to investigate the elections in Tarrant County and Fort Worth.
Just because a record of 87,000 people voted over $ 3 million in an extremely partisan and personal race for Fort Worth mayor on June 5, does a handful of activists claim the numbers are suspiciously high and the results need to be verified.
"We're seeing numbers and data that don't make sense," said Jay Meadows, a Parker County rancher and Republican campaign donor.
In a July 12 interview on the Newsmax network, he defended the gloomy, unsigned “Verify my Voting” mailers and the group's website, which asked gullible recipients to submit their personal information to verify that they had voted , but then often did not provide exact results.
Meadows held a 90-minute public presentation on "Electoral Integrity" on Thursday to a crowd of approximately 120 people at a North Richland Hills recreation center sponsored by nearby LIFEchurch.
It featured Parker County's Seth Keshel, a numbers freak who worked with the Flynn Powell team on his fantasy courtroom claims supporting President Donald Trump's campaign.
(Powell pounded around for weeks making false claims about crooked votes in Tarrant County, even though the county remained solidly Republican across the county with the exception of Trump.)
It found that the "Verify" postcards were sent by Meadows and donors, including two Fort Worth attorneys, Bill Fearer and Dan Bates, a school board trustee of the Texas Center for Arts + Academics' public charter schools. Another Fort Worth man, Buff Kizer, invited guests to the presentation.
Some Fort Worth residents have received brochures asking them to check their vote on an unsafe website, and district officials advise against it.
"This is not a QAnon meeting," Keshel began his lecture.
But it sounded like one.
On Twitter, weeks ago, Keshel had promised to report on the Tarrant County elections to "get your head swimming".
But it only provided a bewildering blurring of national reports that should arouse more resentment about the 2020 national elections than answers.
Then Fearer questioned the Fort Worth elections, particularly the record of over 14,000 votes in southwest Fort Worth that ousted incumbent councilor Jungus Jordan in favor of educator Jared Williams.
(This district always leads the city in the vote, and both political parties have championed it.)
Fearer also found it suspicious that Sheriff Bill Waybourn, a Republican from Dalworthington Gardens, won reelection with just 5 points in the November 2020 election against challenger Vance Keyes, a Democrat from Fort Worth.
(That wasn't strange at all. That was a bigger head start when Senator John Cornyn won in Tarrant County.)
Fearer also asked a question about the thousands of new voters who had registered since the November election, some of which arrived the same day.
"There is no conclusion," said Fearer. "Only suspicion."
The event ended with an evangelical message from Pastor Rafael Cruz of Carrollton, the father of US Senator Ted Cruz. But the pastor didn't talk about the program. He was just preaching about the need for Christians to go out and vote.
Meadows later said he was considering asking a district judge to order a town election test.
"It will probably work there," he said.
He said he saw Flynn and Powell as "people who care about this country."
Bates, the other lawyer, said the group wanted an "election process inspection".
The new leader of the Tarrant County's Democratic Party, Allison Campolo from Euless, sees no need.
"While I appreciate this group's interest in ensuring the security of our elections," she wrote in a message, previous reviews indicate that "we participated in an extremely secure electoral process."
City elections are overseen by both Republican and Democratic electoral judges and workers.
"... It is a waste of taxpayers' money to expose fraud when there is no evidence," wrote Campolo.
"I have the utmost confidence in our Tarrant County Electoral Committee and in the electoral judges and officials from both parties ... I believe this will also apply to our Fort Worth city council elections in 2021."
I'm not sure what the "Verify" crowd thinks.
But giving out poison won't help their side win.
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