FBI ARRESTS NY ELECTION OFFICIAL OVER ALLEGED ABSENTEE BALLOT FRAUD SCHEME

A New York election official was detained by the FBI after allegations of a fraud conspiracy involving absentee ballots surfaced.

On Tuesday, Jason Schofield was charged in an indictment with illegally using voter names and birthdates to submit false applications for absentee ballots for elections held in Rensselaer County in 2021. He was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart.

Republican Schofield was granted release on his own recognizance pending the start of his trial before U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino.
He is charged with having illegal access to and use of voter names and birthdates in connection with absentee ballot applications that he sent to the website of the New York State Board of Elections in 2021. The indictment alleges that Schofield applied for absentee ballots in the names of people who had no interest in voting in 2021 and did not request absentee ballots or Schofield’s assistance in voting or obtaining absentee ballots,” Fox News reported.

“Jason T. Schofield was arrested outside his residence Tuesday morning by the FBI and charged with fraudulently obtaining and processing absentee ballots last year using personal information of at least eight voters without their permission.” https://t.co/2hKodPXXz9

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An online portal used to order absentee ballots has been a focus of FBI investigation that led to Tuesday’s arrest of Rensselaer County elections commissioner https://t.co/CmM5v3JMKj via @TimesUnion

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“In some of these instances, the indictment explained, Schofield also took possession of the absentee ballots issued to these voters, brought them to voters, and had them sign absentee ballot envelopes without actually voting. This allegedly allowed Schofield or another person to cast votes in these voters’ names in Rensselaer County’s 2021 primary and general elections,” the outlet added.

“In some of these instances, the indictment explained, Schofield also took possession of the absentee ballots issued to these voters, brought them to voters, and had them sign absentee ballot envelopes without actually voting. This allegedly allowed Schofield or another person to cast votes in these voters’ names in Rensselaer County’s 2021 primary and general elections,” the outlet added.
In its newsletter, “The Morning,” The Times suggested that recent polling indicating Democrats are making gains with voters may be wrong again, based on an analysis of final polling in 2020 that overstated President Joe Biden’s strength in a number of places including states like North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio, where key Senate races will be decided.

Times’ senior writer David Leonhardt noted:

The polls reported that Biden had a small lead in North Carolina, but he lost the state to Donald Trump. The polls also showed Biden running comfortably ahead in Wisconsin, yet he won it by less than a percentage point. In Ohio, the polls pointed to a tight race; instead, Trump won it easily.
In each of these states — and some others — pollsters failed to reach a representative sample of voters. One factor seems to be that Republican voters are more skeptical of mainstream institutions and are less willing to respond to a survey. If that’s true, polls will often understate Republican support, until pollsters figure out how to fix the problem.

This possibility offers reason to wonder whether Democrats are really doing as well in the midterm elections as the conventional wisdom holds. Recent polls suggest that Democrats are favored to keep control of the Senate narrowly, while losing control of the House, also narrowly.

“One factor seems to be that Republican voters are more skeptical of mainstream institutions and are less willing to respond to a survey,” he added Monday. “If that’s true, polls will often understate Republican support, until pollsters figure out how to fix the problem.”

Nate Cohn, the paper’s chief political analyst, added: “Just about every election cycle, there’s an argument for why, this time, things might be different — different from the expectations set by historical trends and key factors like the state of the economy or the president’s approval rating.

RealClearPolitics estimates that Republicans, so far, are set to pick up two seats while winning back control of the House — though on the “generic ballot,” Democrats seem to hold a slight 0.4 percent advantage, which is well within polling margins of error.

President Joe Biden, according to RCP’s average of polls, has a 42 percent approval rating compared to a 52.8 percent unfavorable rating. Vice President Kamala Harris’ favorable is worse – 36.3 percent to 51.2 percent unfavorable.

Former President Donald Trump, according to the RCP averages, is at 40.7 percent favorable versus 54.0 percent unfavorable. And while he is not on the ballot, several candidates he has thrown his support behind are.

Also, a survey released last week found that most Americans want Biden impeached.

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