4.8 Million Nationwide
True the Vote, the trustworthy organization dedicated to nonpartisan support of free and fair elections, estimates that at least 7% of all mail in ballots–4.8 million nationwide–were trafficked during the 2020 election. About 138,000 were trafficked in Wisconsin.
“This was an organized crime that was perpetrated on Americans,” Gregg Phillips told citizens gathered at a Wisconsin Assembly hearing this month.
Catherine Engelbrecht and Phillips of True the Vote presented testimony about their investigation into ballot trafficking in Wisconsin’s 2020 election.
This “was not the most secure election ever,” Engelbrecht began. “It was quite possibly one of the least.”
“Following the money,” Phillips said True the Vote uncovered a “nationwide grift around voting” in which not-for-profits orchestrated paid ballot collection, ballot preparation, and harvested ballot delivery operations.
True the Vote purchased 10 trillion of cell signals in Arizona, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin, Detroit, Michigan, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In Wisconsin, the group looked at 1.1 trillion signals (representing 421K unique devices, 20TB of data) during the period from 10/1 – 11/8, which encompassed several weeks before early voting began on 10/20.
🔹They built a pre-election “pattern of life” to help identify the ballot trafficking mules.
🔹The team then narrowed down the surveillance to individuals that visited at least 5 NGO offices and 26 drop boxes during the early voting period (a pattern that was contrary to their previous daily activity);
🔹138 people in Milwaukee, Racine, and Green Bay fit “mule” profile.
🔹These mules made 3,568 visits to drop boxes during the 2020 election.
🔹Philips noted that 14 of these traffickers also participated in one or more of the violent riots in Wisconsin in 2020.
“We’ve watched the mass mail-out of paper ballots to highly inaccurate voter records,” Englebrecht noted. “The harried installation of by-mail absentee ballot drop boxes, privately funded by billionaire tech magnates.”
“And the hundreds of legislative changes, lawsuits, consent decrees, all that fundamentally altered election processes,” she continued. “And all of this came together in 2020 under the fog of COVID. It’s hard not to look at the confluence of events and come away with any conclusion other than that it was planned.”
True the Vote “formed a working hypothesis, in part, from informant testimonies across the country,” Engelbrecht explained. “It went something like this: If non-profit groups, being funded by CTCL and others, were going to exploit weaknesses in our election process, then the exploitation would likely involve mail ballots (which are notoriously insecure) and the newly introduced and highly unregulated absentee ballot drop boxes.”
Wisconsin Elections Commission did not follow through with its stated commitment to election guidelines for drop box security. Open records requests confirmed that there was no drop box surveillance video available for review in any municipality in Wisconsin except Brown Deer. This caused True the Vote to shift to the commercially available cell phone data.
The group used cutting edge “geo-fence” technology able to track cell phones within “a few inches.” To put the sophistication of the technology into perspective, Phillips quoted Georgetown law professor Paul Ohm, who said, “DNA is the only thing harder to anonymize than precise geolocation data.”
There are 5 key components to the ballot trafficking hypothesis, Philips summarized:
1. inaccurate voter rolls,
2. mass mail ballots,
3. Non Government Organizations (NGOs),
4. privately funded drop boxes,
During the Question and Answering session, Phillips mentioned that while they have the names of the 5 NGOs and 138 individuals, they are unable to release that information due to an active legal investigation.
Engelbrecht concluded by reiterating that ballot boxes, mass mail-in ballots, and in particular “dirty voter rolls are the gateway to fraud” in our elections. They must be eliminated and the penalties for cheating must be severe, she said.
Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, gained public integrity recognition by taking on the IRS and winning an important court victory.
“There is power in speaking out,” says Engelbrecht. “There’s power in telling the truth boldly … even if it means that you have to say some uncomfortable things to agencies, institutes, or individuals that wield extreme power. And that was the case with the IRS.”