This is the fact of the matter.

This is what Democrats learned in the 2018 Scott/Nelson loss.

Arguing that already categorized “invalid” ballots should be counted was a losing approach.

Because courts wouldn’t get in the middle of election processes.


But at the same time if the election official said the ballot was valid, whether it was or wasn’t, then by the same token the courts wouldn’t get into the middle of those decisions.

Courts assume election officials are operating in good faith.


Unless you have direct evidence of fraud or conspiracy. Not circumstantial. Direct. It needs to be like an official coming forward or an email describing the intent to violate the law.

Short of that the court assumes all actions were taken in good faith.


So Elias realized that to defeat Trump you flood the system with ballots and just have election officials count them. Regardless of intricacies like signatures and dates. Just count them all. Categorize them as valid. Force the court to deal from the other end.


Then have all of the media and political establishment push the idea that any objection to the results was conspiracy theory and dangerous. Have big tech tag everyone asking questions as liars. Gaslight the entire country until the result was inevitable.


They used the system against itself.

Not that the courts minded.

Most of the judges were desperate to rid themselves of Trump.

So Elias fed them the hand and the courts did what precedent called for in a completely unprecedented circumstance.

That’s what happened.


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