Fight over 2020 election ballot counting escalates.
The legal fight over the count of the ballots in the 2020 presidential race has moved up a level, with claims from MyPillow magnate Mike Lindell that two election machine companies, Dominion and Smartmatic, engaged in racketeering.
A new lawsuit from Lindell seen by Washington Examiner alleges Dominion abused the legal process by suing him, violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and violated federal law by depriving him of his civil rights.
“Similarly, it accused Smartmatic of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, violations of the “Support and Advocacy” clause of U.S.C. §1985(3), and civil conspiracy,” the report said.
At issue are contentions that the ballot count for the race that narrowly gave the victory to Joe Biden – by some 43,000 votes spread across a handful of states – included possible fraud.
The actual evidence from the close election, which included oddities such as states shutting down counting operations with President Trump ahead and restarting hours later with Biden in the lead, hundreds of sworn statements from witnesses of alleged fraud, odd middle-of-the-night ballot dumps and more, largely has not yet been evaluated by a court, as dozens of cases were dismissed on mostly procedural grounds.
Several states have tried audits, and the most advanced so far has been in Arizona, where GOP members of the state Senate subpoenaed the ballots and the counting machines and are in the process of auditing them.