CPAC Conference Focuses Heavily on Election Integrity

Petr Svab
By Petr Svab
February 26, 2021CPAC 2021
CPAC Conference Focuses Heavily on Election Integrity
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Conservative Political Action Conference, the country’s largest conservative conference, is dedicating the largest portion of its program to election integrity this year.

The Feb. 25-28 conference features at least nine program points focused on elections, including seven part series of talks on “Protecting Elections,” a panel titled “Shining a Light on the Left’s 2020 Shadow Campaign,” and a discussion with election lawyers dubbed “The Voter Files: The Truth is Out There.”

The topic has been on the forefront of the conservative movement after a deluge of allegations of fraud and other illegalities in the 2020 election.

“Over the years Americans have watched what used to be Election Day turn into Election Season with measures like early voting beginning a month before Election Day. In fact, Michigan and Minnesota allow voting to begin 45 and 46 days before Election Day respectively,” CPAC spokesman Ian Walters told The Epoch Times via email.

“That being said, over the course of 2020, out of concern for voters’ health and safety during the pandemic, many states broadly expanded the criteria for mail-in voting. The results of those measures have led to election results that have left many Americans less than confident about whether the ballots that were counted were legal and counted accurately.

“We aspire to talk about this issue in a fact and evidence-based way that cuts through the noise that has left many Americans doubtful about the legitimacy of our election process and whether, as a nation, we should leave these measures in place once the pandemic subsides.”

The first speech was delivered by Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock.

“The November 2020 election was a nightmare,” he said. “Judges and other officials made last-minute rule changes that only state legislatures were authorized to enact as the U.S. Constitution requires. Mysterious late night ballot dumps triggered huge lopsided spikes for Joe Biden. Multiple affidavits offered sworn eyewitness reports of cars with out-of-state license plates unloading piles of ballots at counting centers in the wee small hours. Such shenanigans and many more affected Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.”

He scoffed at the argument that fraud in the election wasn’t sufficiently “widespread.”

“How widespread must voter fraud be before the left shares our concerns?” he asked. “Will that require 10,000 bogus ballots? A million phony votes?”

He suggested if illegal votes effectively canceled the ballots of prominent Democrats, the party would perhaps pick up on the issue.

“Of course, that is unlikely, because the Democrat party is the party of voter fraud,” he said.

“Yes, this is quite a charge, but abundant evidence confirms this allegation. Democrats resist virtually every Republican idea to make our electron more secure and they labor tirelessly to make our elections more chaotic, more unsupervised, and more unreliable.”

He particularly criticized Democrats’ support for sending out unsolicited mail-in ballots in some states, allowing unsupervised drop off ballot boxes, “diluted signature match standards” for mail-in ballots, and obstruction of Republican poll observers.

He proposed Republicans must fight for measures to include ending mass mail-in ballots, ending no excuse mail-in ballots, generally limiting the time period ballots are accepted to election day, prohibiting ballot harvesting, ensuring non-citizens don’t vote, voter roll cleanup, and voter photo ID.

“We all need to fight like hell for election integrity,” he said. “This is a fight we can and must win. If we lose we will become the corruptly outvoted vassals of the left. It is in our hands, my fellow conservatives, to make elections great again.”

From The Epoch Times