The cure for election fraud is scrutiny. Make sure every ballot is legitimate, then count all legitimate ballots. The process takes place in two parts.
First, scrutinize the paper ballots, same as we did in the “hanging-chads” count in Florida. This requires three steps:
Step A: segregate ballots where the chain of custody is unclear. If the elections officials can’t prove that the ballots in this box were slid into the voting machine at the Como Precinct, transferred to a locked box by John, transported to the County Elections Office by Stephanie, opened there by Roger, scanned by Trudy and re-locked, then stored by Darlene until the recount; then we cannot be confident they are legitimate ballots. They might have been fraudulent ballots smuggled in under cover of darkness. Segregate them for separate counting when and if the court decides to include them.
Step B: segregate ballots that lack procedural compliance: missing signature, spoiled ballot, arrived late, back-dated, etc. They might have been accepted in violation of the law. Some of these might be allowed, some might be rejected, but they cannot be dumped into the general mix. Segregate them for separate counting when and if the court decides to include them.
Step C: make the court decide which ballots to count, which to exclude. It’s critical to do this BEFORE the counting begins, to avoid influencing the decision. The last thing the public wants to hear is: “It doesn’t matter because it won’t overturn the results of the election.” We don’t know that yet; we haven’t done the manual recount. Make an impartial decision on the merits of the ballots, not the results you anticipate.
Finally, do a manual recount of each group of ballots. Do NOT scan them into the voting machines. The machines have a known history of vote switching. Senator Klobuchar complained about it. And counting machines are vulnerable to errors caused by missed software updates, on-line hacking, fractionalized voting, and security breaches. At this point, we have no guarantee the machine counts were correct so we must verify them by a manual recount, eyeballs on paper.
Yes, it would cost a fortune. Do you want an honest election or a cheap one?
This will require a clean GOP sweep at the polls in 2020. There is no other way. Steve Simon is hiding too much (on the behalf of the DFL, natch).