McElroy’s Ruling Undermines Election Confidence
The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Mary McElroy changing election-security laws shortly before Rhode Islanders vote is a warning sign that Americans should think twice before trusting the results that follow.
Rhode Islanders’ elected officials in the General Assembly considered a bill to remove the requirement for mail ballots to be either witnessed by two people or stamped by a notary public… and decided not to change the law. Our governor, who has presumed to give herself power over minute details of our lives, including how many members of our families can meet in our own backyards, declined to issue an executive order. But here comes the judge, in company with administrative agencies:
The lawsuit asked the court to block, for this election cycle only, the requirement that Rhode Islanders seeking to vote by mail have two adult witnesses or a notary sign their ballot envelope.
On Monday, the plaintiffs and the defendants, who include Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and the members of the state Board of Elections, made public the proposed consent decree.
Under the settlement, state election officials would agree “not to enforce the two-witness requirement for the September 8, 2020 primary and November 3, 2020 general elections.”
Who gave these government agencies the authority to “agree” not to enforce laws that we elected people to pass? Why, Judge McElroy did. And who is she? Here’s a paragraph about her family from a 2016 Katherine Gregg article about the state Department of Labor & Training’s hiring of her sister, Kathleen McElroy, as a fraud investigator:
McElroy’s father is the retired leader of the American Federation of Teachers. Her sister Mary McElroy is Rhode Island’s public defender and President Obama’s stalled nominee to replace U.S. District Judge Mary M. Lisi. Another sister, Elizabeth, works for the AFL-CIO in Washington, and her brother, Steven McElroy, works at the New York Times.
If you have concerns that the Iron Triangle of labor unions, partisan Democrats, and progressive ideologues are working to ensure that mail ballots allow them to fix the November election, it’s all there. Recall, for one thing, that the AFT was among the groups with which Governor Raimondo assembled an anti-Trump PAC that pledged to do “whatever is needed” to oust President Trump.
Add to that the Obama connection, he being the president who weaponized the IRS against conservative groups before the 2012 election and (it is increasingly clear) weaponized our intelligence agencies before the 2016 election to thwart and undermine his successor.
We even get a connection to the country’s former newspaper of record, which played a role in perpetuating that anti-Trump coup attempt, helped set up this season’s racial discord with its exercise in falsified history, the 1619 Project, and recently forced out an editor for daring to publish an op-ed by a U.S. Senator (expressing a view of a majority of Americans) because radical progressives disagreed with it.
With judges like this sweeping away election laws (and you can be sure this is a national effort), how can Americans trust that the vote count accurately reflects the will of the legitimately voting public? We can’t.