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Vote Integrity Group Concludes Up to 4.8 Million Ballots Cast Illegally in 2020 Harvesting Scheme

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The election integrity group True The Vote calculates that approximately 4.8 million votes were cast as part of an alleged illegal ballot harvesting scheme in key swing states in the 2020 general election.

The organization worked with conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza on the soon-to-be released documentary “2,000 Mules.”

True The Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht told Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, the convergence of dirty voter rolls, mass mail-in ballots, changes to voting procedures, drop boxes and private money funding election processes, created an environment where fraud could run rampant.

Gregg Phillips, also with True The Vote, said the group began getting tips on their hotline from places like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona in the fall of 2020.

And from these tips a common pattern began to emerge of a ballot harvesting scheme.

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“The theme almost always was a set of collectors, a collection point or a stash house for all the ballots, the bundling of those ballots and the casting of those ballots by what we were calling mules in the drop boxes,” Phillips told Kirk.

“It was amazing  once we finally started to unpack the true grift. As you said this is a conspiracy. This is organized crime,” Phillips added.

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Engelbrecht and Phillips recounted how they developed a plan to test whether what they were hearing through the tip line was true.

It involved buying cell phone data in metropolitan areas like Philadelphia, Atlanta and Detroit, as well as Yuma County in Arizona.

They explained that all cell phones have unique device information that ping off cell phone towers showing where the person has been down to an 18 inch diameter.

This technology is used by thousands of phone apps, such as those for weather or navigation.

Law enforcement employs this technology all the time, and the FBI, in fact, used it to pinpoint protesters who entered the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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The New York Times reported it paid for cell data to track down who was present at the Capitol building that day.

True The Vote was able to mine the data from the months leading up to the 2020 election to identify 2,000 of the most prolific “mules” who engaged in ballot harvesting.

The mules had a pattern of repeatedly going to drop box locations and back to offices of non-governmental organizations operating during the election in places like Atlanta, Philadelphia and Yuma, Arizona.

“We were able to identify those organizations, those stash houses,” Phillips said.

“Not only were we able to look at the drop boxes where the people were going in and out of the drop box sometimes over 50 times,” he continued.

“In Philadelphia, we had some people, quite a few people, who went over 100 times to the drop boxes. But they were also going to the organizations.”


Philadelphia was the worst of the places tracked where alleged illegal ballot harvesting occurred, according to Phillips.

He said 1,155 people met their cut off for being a mule, going to drop boxes at least 10 times.

Engelbrecht said the average number of trips per mule in Yuma County was 31 times.

To guard against accidentally picking up people who happened to pass by the drop box locations regularly, True The Vote bought the cell phone data for September, October and November, showing before, during and after election season.

Only those whose cell phones showed them at drop boxes when voting was occurring were included in their data.

“Pings don’t lie,” Engelbrecht said.

True The Vote also has surveillance video from Georgia drop boxes showing thousands of pictures being taken by mules dropping off ballots, so they could get paid, apparently.

Some of that footage is seen in the trailer to “2,000 Mules” below.

Engelbrecht noted that their analysis of cell phone data only included drop boxes and not mail boxes.

So what they unearthed is “just the tip of the iceberg,” she said.

When Kirk asked if this illegal ballot harvesting activity was enough to swing an election, both Phillips and Engelbrecht responded, “Yes.”

“The number breaks out to about 7 percent of the mail-in ballots, and that holds state-to-state,” Engelbrecht said of the five swing states they looked at that went for Democrat Joe Biden in 2020 after siding with Donald Trump in 2016: Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin.

“If you look at that just sort of back of the napkin, it’s 4.8 million votes.”

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