Uncovering the truth behind voter fraud claims in Skagit County

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SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash – Skagit County Republicans say there are thousands of “anomalies” in the county’s voter rolls. They claim dead people, dead citizens and incompetent voters who voted in recent elections. But what is really happening?

No one came to Marilyn Wheeler’s door. No one called or mailed, but somehow the name of the 89-year-old resident of Mt. Vernon again appeared in a report to the Skagit County Elections office that “the voter may not be eligible to vote” and listed her as a voter. may be removed from voter registration rolls.

“It is wrong for anyone to decide that I am not qualified to vote,” Wheeler said when KING 5 informed her that her name was among more than 3,000 “irregular” voter registrations sent in. Skagit County Elections. She said she voted for all 60 years she lived in the county.

An election official assured her that her name had a good place on the list of voters.

The report was submitted by the “Skagit Voter Integrity Project,” led by Republicans of Skagit County. In a series of emails, reports and spreadsheets sent to the county since September 2021, the party claimed that its reports reveal evidence of widespread voter fraud in elections in the United States. Skagit County and requires the county to investigate and clean the voter rolls.

“It’s cheating research,” retorted Wheeler, who appeared lucid and alert when KING 5 visited her home in October.

Her case was one of numerous inaccuracies the broadcaster discovered, after receiving a report on the integrity project through a public records request.

No one had visited the tidy home on Razor Peak Drive in Mount Vernon, but the report seemed to make racist remarks about the couple who lived there.

“Civil rights should be checked; This voter has lived here for four years and it takes longer than that to become a citizen,” reads a September 2021 report.

When a reporter knocked on the door, the man named in the report was blindsided that anyone had questioned his citizenship or right to vote.

Edwardo said: “We have been in the US since 95. “We are citizens of the United States. We have the right to vote in this country.”

The group said 45 “committed” volunteers analyzed voting records for the county and surrounding neighborhoods, but nothing in the report explained who suspected Edwardo or why.

“(It) is very disrespectful to who I am. They assume who I am and who I am,” said Edwardo.

Skagit County Republican Chairman Bill Bruck submitted the original report and all updates to the Skagit County Election. He did not respond after emails, phone messages and a visit by the KING 5 crew to the party office in Burlington.

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Bruck helped produce the report as evidence that voter fraud existed in Skagit County and in Washington state.

The report said “at least 43 deceased voters voted” in the elections.

In a spreadsheet, filed with the elections office in June, the names of 14 deceased voters were listed. The report appeared to assert that the ballots were registered with voters after their death, an apparent case of fraud.

The late Jerry Schreurs, of the island of Guemes, is one of the names listed.

“He would be rolling around in his grave right now if he knew it because that is the complete opposite of what he believes,” his widow, Elizabeth Schreurs, said when she learned the name. he was on the irregular list of voters.

Schreurs said Jerry last voted in the special election in February and he died a month later. That information is supported by election records that show the Schreurs’ final ballot arriving at county offices the day before the February election.

“He will be blunt. Schreurs said.

Online obituaries cross-checked with county voting records show that all 14 deceased voters named in the June spreadsheet cast their final ballot before their death. 13 of them have been removed from the county voter registration database – the county is still awaiting official confirmation on the 14th.

Examination of other KING 5 anomalies in the report found errors in addresses that intercessors said did not exist, homes that appeared to be vacant, and members of the military being register abroad – they are legally allowed to register at their last home address in Washington and mail their ballot abroad.

The canvassers also listed many of the RV Parks and marinas listed as “primary addresses” by voters and declared them illegal because they are not permanent residences.

“The state allows non-traditional addresses,” said Gabrielle Clay, Skagit County Elections Supervisor. “There are a lot of people living on a boat. Their home is a slip in that marina. “

It’s not unusual for someone to list a marina or RV park as their home address, she said, and it’s perfectly legal that they’re actually spending time there.

Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins, who oversees the election office, said the reports filed by Republicans did not uncover any fraudulent voter registration.

“It is frustrating. It’s very frustrating. Sometimes it comes at a cost,” said Clay, who has resigned himself to the possibility that fraudulent claims now come with the job.

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Edmund DeMarche

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