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How Mark Zuckerberg helped Dems sway the 2020 election

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The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — but it could have been paid for. Mark Zuckerberg’s hundreds of thousands purchased lefty activists entry to native election workplaces, permitting them to prepare huge get-out-the-vote efforts in Democrat-dominated cities from the inside.

US cities and counties shouldn’t be outsourcing election administration to partisans. But the huge Facebook-founder-funded marketing campaign seduced many into doing simply that.

Through the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research, Zuckerberg put an unprecedented quantity of personal funding — $419.5 million — into mail-in and get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020.

That’s almost as a lot as the $479.5 million in federal and state matching funds for COVID-related election bills the identical 12 months. But Zuck’s bucks got here with strings that boosted the activists’ drive to vary guidelines to favor absentee voting and poll harvesting — and to safe partisans’ entry to election data, equivalent to how many individuals voted in varied areas.

As writer Mollie Hemingway and researcher William Doyle define for The Post, the left used Zuckerberg’s items to take advantage of the pandemic to vary long-established voting guidelines, with the clear purpose of making a structural bias to provide Democrats a leg up. The cash wasn’t spent evenly throughout the nation however centered on counties the place Democrats thought they’d be extra aggressive.

In Wisconsin, as an illustration, Zuck’s cash funded “vote navigators” to “assist voters, potentially at their front doors, to answer questions, assist in ballot curing” — fixing in any other case unacceptable ballots — “and witness absentee ballot signatures.” One activist there even tried to get direct entry to the Milwaukee Election Commission’s voter database.

And it labored. Of 25 CTCL grants of $1 million or extra to cities and counties in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, 23 went to locations Joe Biden received.

In Georgia, Doyle discovered, counties that obtained Zuck bucks have been, on common, 2.3 factors extra Democratic in 2020 than 2016; non-funded counties barely moved.

All of this was taking place in a close-fought race, with simply tens of hundreds of votes out of hundreds of thousands swinging the essential Electoral College wins that despatched Biden to the White House.

It is price reiterating that the election wasn’t stolen. No one invented voters or modified votes. But non-public partisans shouldn’t be allowed to do the job of native election boards. And CTCL’s “non-partisan” designation looks as if a lie as a result of it concentrated in areas that helped Democrats most.

It reeks — however Democrats are striving to make the association everlasting. A legislation to attempt to cease non-public teams from engaged on elections was vetoed by Wisconsin’s Democratic governor.

They declare that states making an attempt to stamp down on the humorous enterprise are jeopardizing democracy. But democracy ought to by no means be outsourced.

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