November 13, 2020

AG Barr Pursues Investigations of Voter Fraud

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Attorney General William Barr has stated that the Justice Department may pursue substantial allegations of voter fraud,” due to unusual activity during the 2020 Presidential Election. President Trump has yet to concede the election, due to multiple states showing signs of suspicious ballots and unclear numbers. 

The Background:

William Barr, the U.S. Attorney General, has released a memo allowing the Justice Department to investigate numerous reports of alleged voter fraud in the Presidential Election. According to the Washington Times, Barr’s action is highly unusual since the Justice Department has a policy prohibiting any action that would possibly interfere with outcomes of an election before it is officially called. Barr’s memo comes after dozens of Republicans joined together in writing a letter that requested he investigate the multiple reports of voter fraud. Barr’s memo comes after dozens of Republicans joined together in writing a letter that requested he investigate the multiple reports of voter fraud. 

The media continues to refer to Biden as President-Elect, but several states are still going through mail-in ballots and recounting votes. Results may not be final until December 8th, as states have several more weeks to recount votes and pursue any legal battles. The Electoral College will decide the outcome on December 14th. According to the Associated Press, results may not be final until December 8th, as states have several more weeks to recount votes and pursue any legal battles. The Electoral College will decide the outcome on December 14th. 

Notable Quotes:


“While it is imperative that credible allegations be addressed in a timely and effective manner, it is equally imperative that Department personnel exercise appropriate caution and maintain the Department’s absolute commitment to fairness, neutrality and non-partisanship.” -AG Barr, Associated Press

 

Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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